September 26, 2013

(8/27/1924 - 9/18/2013)

Maxine Hunziker, age 89, of Kahoka, MO, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 while a patient in the Keokuk Area Hospital.

Maxine was born August 27, 1924 in Kahoka, MO, a daughter of Carl and Bernice Arnold Neuendorf.

She married Harlan E. Hunziker on April 1, 1944 in Santa Anna, CA, while Harlan was serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Gary H. (Renita) Hunziker of Keokuk, IA and Terry L. Hunziker of Kahoka, MO; two daughters, Nancy (Mrs. Terry) Ward of Las Vegas, NV and Patricia (Mrs. Terry) Fitzgerald of The Woodlands, TX; four grandchildren: Scott (Lenee) Hunziker of The Woodlands, TX, Jaryt (Amy) Hunziker of Boonville, MO, Heath (Kyla) Hunziker of Bloomington, IL, Mollie Fitzgerald of Santa Barbara, CA; two step-grandchildren Misty (Mrs. Matt) Kleinmeyer of Iowa City, IA and Andrea (Mrs. Joe) Hendrickson of Iowa City, IA; five great-grandchildren: Parker, Lorelai, Hayden, Macy, and Tyler Hunziker; one step-great grandchild, Olivia Hendrickson; one brother, Roscoe "Bud" (Lucille) Neuendorf of Tempe, AZ; a sister, Maureen Gallaher of Columbia, MO; sisters-in-law, Vera Hall of Kahoka, MO and Erma Reynolds of Georgtown, TX; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters-in-law, Janice Brammer Hunziker and Cathy Kirchner Hunziker; and brothers-in-law, Robert Hall and Wendall Reynolds.

Maxine was a graduate of Kahoka High School. Prior to her marriage she worked at the Exchange Bank and the former Murphy's Department Store. She was employed as a civilian in the military following her marriage until she and Harlan returned to Missouri in 1946.

Harlan and Maxine were crop and dairy farmers. She kept busy with caring for calves, cooking for the farm hands, and running farm-related errands in addition to raising their children. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka and the courtesy committee for many years. She was a member of the former Enterprise Extension Club with many of her neighbors.

Following the death of her daughter-in-law, Janice, she and Harlan helped Gary raise their sons and had been active in their academic and sports activities through the years. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren had a special place in her heart.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with The Rev. Dixie Laube officiating. Eulogist was Mr. Scott Hunziker. Special music was "Because He Lives", "God on the Mountain", "Go Rest High" and "Go Now in Peace".

Honorary pallbearers were Mollie Fitzgerald, Lenee Hunziker, Amy Hunziker, and Kyla Hunziker. Pallbearers were Scott Hunziker, Jaryt Hunziker, Heath Hunziker, Tony Gallaher, Clint Hunziker and Charles Krueger.

Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorials were suggested to the Clark County Ambulance District.

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