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Maxine Alice Calloway Von Spreecken
September 7, 1929 – July 23, 2017
Maxine Alice Von Spreecken, 87, of Anamosa and formerly of Onslow, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Anamosa Care Center.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming with burial at the Wyoming Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26.
Maxine was born to Leonard and Mara (Shirk) Calloway on September 7, 1929, in Monmouth. She attended country schools through 8th grade and graduated from Onslow High School in 1947. She married Robert John Von Spreecken on February 25, 1951, at the Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Robert preceded her in death on August 31, 2007.
Maxine was employed by Bell Telephone Company for over three years in Maquoketa. She managed several farms with her husband during their fifty-six year marriage. She was employed seven years at the Center Junction Midland School in the 1970s. After her husband’s death, she moved to a home in Anamosa in August 2008.
Maxine was a member of the Center Junction Presbyterian Church since 1951, belonged to the Center Junction Church Women’s Guild, was head of church session for six years, and was a Sunday school teacher. She belonged to the Federated Women’s Club, local, county and district for forty-one years. She and her husband Bob belonged to and were Charter Members of the Circle J Square Dancing club in Jones County for more than ten years.
Maxine was a newspaper correspondent for several newspapers for many years and was a historian for the Center Junction 100-year History Book in 1971 for which she received commendation and a trophy for her work on centennial. She also held all offices of the Midland Council of Churches Board since it started in 1986 until 2007. She was secretary and treasurer of South Mineral Cemetery Board for twenty-six years, member of Jones County Farm Bureau and 4-H leader for the South Sunshine Girls. Maxine was one of six finalist for Mother of the Year in Jones County in May 1969.
Those left to cherish her memories are four children; Gregory (Melaine) Von Spreecken of Yangon, Myanmar, Joleen (Tim) Busch of Atkins, Brenda Von Spreecken of Anamosa and Sheila (Eric) Oliver of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren; Anthony Viet, Jonah (Brittany) Von Spreecken, Adam (Jenni) Von Spreecken, Tess (Nicholas) Walker and Eric (Fallon) Shakespeare; three great-grandchildren; Aidan and Avery Viet and Piper Shakespeare, four step-great-grandchildren; Vivian, Amelia, Thomas and Cooper Lappenbusch; two sisters; Vivian Moran of California and Carol Matthews of Florida; and brother; George “Mike” Calloway of Anamosa.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert, half-brother; James Holmes, three brothers-in-law; Donald Hay, Harold Eggers and John Moran, her sister; Marilyn Eggers, and sister-in-law; Vivian Calloway.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 27 July 2017


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