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Maxine Claeys

April 18, 1932 — March 6, 2024


Maxine Claeys, 91, of Marysville, KS, died March 6, 2024 at the Frankfort Community Care Home.

Visitation was Friday, March 8, from 1-9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville.  The family received friends from 5-7 p.m.

A rosary service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Marysville.  The funeral service followed at 10:30 a.m.  Father Quentin Schmitz officiated.  The musicians were Dolores Bruna, Ron Grauer, Fran Grauer, Roberta Temeyer and Jan Turney.  Music included “Precious Lord Take My Hand”, “The Servant Song”, “Panis Angelicus”, “Song of Farewell” and “How Great Thou Art.”

The pallbearers were Matt Claeys, Chris Claeys, John Wollenberg, Doug Wollenberg, Travis Behrens and Kyle Behrens.

Burial was in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery.

Maxine was born on April 18, 1932, at Hollenberg, KS, to Martin and Helena (Burger) Wollenberg. She went to school until the 8th grade when she began caring for newborn babies.  Maxine would stay at families’ homes for a couple weeks to help with the baby, along with cooking, cleaning and watching the other children before moving to the next families’ home.  After a year of doing this, she began working at Swartz’s, a dry goods and clothing store in Hanover, KS.  At the age of 18, she started work at E.W. McGrade Manufacturing Company, a radio plant, in Marysville, KS.  Here she assembled radio parts together.

On February 20, 1954, Maxine was united in marriage to August Claeys.  She became a homemaker and helped with the farm.  Later in life, she worked for Carol Adrian, helping make angels for craft fairs.  Maxine belonged to the St. Gregory’s Quilters and helped sew several quilts.  She was an active member in the Altar Society.

Preceding her in death is her husband, August on April 16, 2012; parents; siblings, Orville Wollenberg, Loren Wollenberg, Rosie Thompson, infant brother and infant sister.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna (John) Borgerding, Manhattan, KS; granddaughter, Danielle Borgerding, Hanover, KS; great-grandsons, Dylan and Beck Borgerding, both of Manhattan; sister, Susie Miller, Colorado Springs, CO; and sisters-in-law, Betty Wollenberg and Julianne Wollenberg.

A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later.  Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary. 

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