MURPHYSBORO - W. Maxine VanCloostere (nee Alstat), 88 of Murphysboro, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Terrace on the Park Nursing Home in Mascoutah, surrounded by her three daughters.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in St. Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro, with Father Gary Gummersheimer and Father Leo Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and until 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church or St. Andrew School,
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Maxine was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Jackson County, and was the daughter of farmers, Bill and Verena Alstat.
She married the son of farmers, Tony A. and Mary Agnes VanCloostere, Robert E., on Sept. 24, 1946, in St Andrew Catholic Church in Murphysboro.
At the time they wed, Maxine was the teacher of all eight grades in a one-room Simpson schoolhouse in Sato Township. Before teaching, Maxine worked in St. Louis and Chicago factories to support the war efforts of the U.S. troops in World War II.
Maxine was extremely involved in the family businesses, VanCloostere Farms, R.E.VanCloostere Construction, Inc., VanCloostere Trucking, and Harsy Mine Services, Inc. She served as C.F.O., bookkeeper and general manager for the 46 years they were married.
Maxine served as room mother and scout leader for her daughters at St. Andrew Grade School. She was a member of St. Andrew Altar Society, St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, for which she volunteered at the KC Hall. Maxine was very civic and community minded, and she was active in the Farm Bureau and Elks Lodge
Maxine was known for her generosity, caring and grace to all people she interacted with. She excelled as a homemaker and a gardener. Hard work was Maxine's "hobby" and her passion.
As a couple, Maxine and Robert liked to travel to sunny locations, particularly with the AGC or in Key Biscayne, Fla., with their family and friends. As a widow, Maxine continued to travel with family and friends. Her most memorable trips were to Alaska with sister-in-law, Loretta Schneider, a Russian cruise, and numerous trips to Mexico with family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Van Cloostere; her son-in-law, Harold Harsy; her parents, Bill and Verena Alstat; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Mildred Alstat; brother, Delmar Alstat; brother and sister-in-law, John and Loretta Schneider; brother-in-law, Bill Eisenhauer; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Mary Endres; and nephew, Joey Endres.
Survivors include her three daughters, Lana (Rich) Williams of Millstat, Roberta (John) Systma of Murphysboro and Nancy Harsy (Leonard Pullis) of Murphysboro; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Tonya Williams of Chicago, Gina Williams (Jake Grieff) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Aric (Rhonda) Harsy and children, Taryn and Logan of Murphysboro, Aaron Harsy (Tonya Alube) of California and son, Chase, Adrienne (Nick) Carter and son, RE, of Fairfield, and Darren (Heather) Harsy of Du Quoin and, son, Dawson and daughter, Aubree; her brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Barbara Alstat of Vergennes; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Dr. Ron Liss of Sussex, NJ; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to all the loving people at Terrace on the Park Nursing Home and Heartland Hospice for treating Maxine with the same care and respect they would extend to their own family members.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.pettettfuneralhome.com