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Maxine Helen Ryan Hess
May 28, 1938—October 15, 2010
Maxine H. Hess, 72, of Olin, died Friday morning, October 15, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A celebration of her life was held on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Olin Consolidated High School Gymnasium. Friends called from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial will be held at a later date at Maxine's request at the Olin Cemetery.
Maxine Helen Ryan was born May 28, 1938, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, daughter of Herbert R. and Edna (Vick) Ryan. She was the youngest of eight children. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Shullsburg.
Maxine graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1956. After graduating she attended Milwaukee Accredited School of Beauty Culture at Madison, Wisconsin. On March 4, 1957, she married James Townsend at St. Matthew's Church in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. They had two daughters , Joni and Judy, and one son, John who died in infancy. She later married Jim Hess on November 26, 1977 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. She had three step-children, Jan, Becky and Amy. Maxine and Jim lived in Olin for thirty-two years.
She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Senior Home in Monticello for ten years. In Olin, she worked for the Olin Consolidated Schools for twenty years, as a Special Education Associate and later she drove students to surrounding community schools.
Maxine and Jim were active members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, serving on the vestry and teaching Sunday School. She loved life and people and was devoted to her family and friends. She was very proud of all her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Maxine always had a smile and was ready to help people. Her last gift was being an organ donor.
Maxine is survived by her husband, Jim Hess of Olin; her children, Jan Hess of Truckee, California, Joni (Randy) Schmith of Lincoln, Nebraska, Becky (Keith) Brecht of Olin, Amy (Johnny) Rammelsberg of Norfolk, Virginia and Judy (Jim) Hopkins of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren, Shauna (Nick) Barton, Staci Steiner, Nick (Anne) Schmith, Jesse Brecht, Stephanie (Gary) Goodman, Natalie Schmith, McKenzie Brecht, Katlyn Steiner, Abby Schmith and Grace Rammelsberg, and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers and sisters.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 22 October 2010

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