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The funeral for Maxine Heitmann was 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Lake City, SD. Rev. Fr. Albert Cizewski officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the church, concluding with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service.
Maxine passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Marshall County Healthcare Center in Britton at the age of 83.
Maxine Elizabeth Sckerl was born July 13, 1931 in Watertown, SD to Rudolf Edward and Cecelia Marie (Trautner) Sckerl. As an infant, she moved with her folks to a farm southeast of Lake City. She attended elementary school at Eden #3 and graduated from Lake City High School in 1949. She went on to receive her Teacher’s Certificate, and taught rural schools for a short time.
On June 13, 1950 Maxine married Leonard L. Heitmann in Lake City. The young couple lived in various places, including Eden, Lake City and a family farm before building their home near Lake City. They were living there when Leonard passed away on June 16, 1997. Following Leonard’s passing, Maxine continued to make it her home.
Maxine worked as a teller for the 1st National Bank of Eden for 24 years before retiring. From 1985 to 1995, Leonard and Maxine owned and operated the Blue Denim in Eden. After retiring, Maxine enjoyed filling her time by babysitting for her grandchildren.
Maxine was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Lake City where she had been active in the Altar Society and served on the finance committee and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She also was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Eden Widows Club, the La Coteau Saddle Club and the Stink Lake Social Club. Twice in her lifetime she served as a 4-H leader for the Hillbillie Hustlers - first for her children, and later for her grandchildren.
Gardening was a passion for Maxine. She loved to grow and prepare the vegetables and became quite well known for her homegrown, homemade “Garbage Can Stew.” It became a staple at many family gatherings, which Maxine loved to host. She reveled in entertaining family and friends. She also loved to watch movies, play cards and was an avid reader.
Perhaps the only thing that could rival Maxine’s love of family was her fondness for her dogs. Her beloved Foxy and Chelsea meant the world to her, and Maxine treated them like royalty!
Grateful for having shared her life are her four children: Larry (Julie) Heitmann, Randy (Rosemary) Heitmann, Nick (Tari) Heitmann, all of Lake City, SD; Marlene “Molly” (George) Kann of Britton, SD; ten grandchildren: Travis (Michelle) Heitmann, Melissa (Jeff) Ringgenberg, Kelley (Matt) Beck, Jacob (Lindsay) Heitmann, Joshua (Tara) Heitmann, Tanya (Neil) Hagre, Tosha (Zack) Naylor, Tanner Heitmann, Cody Heitmann, Logan Kann; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers: Max (Jeri) Sckerl of Sisseton, SD; Junior (Mary) Sckerl of Lake City, SD; and a sister, Rochelle (Roy) Winder of Britton, SD.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband and a daughter-in-law, Laura Heitmann.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.
Maxine’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton, SD.
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