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Maxine Lepeska

Posted December 29, 2014 in Obituaries, Johnston
Maxine Lepeska, 94, of Johnston, formerly of Glenwood, Iowa passed away peacefully at Bishop Drumm Care Center on December 26, 2014.

Maxine Lepeska

Maxine Lepeska

The family will receive friends from 8:00-9:30 on Friday, January 2 at Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Bishop Drumm. Memorial mass will follow at 9:30. Visitation will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood on Saturday January 3, from 11 am-12 pm. Burial to follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

Maxine was born on November 17, 1920 near Laredo, Missouri. She graduated from Laredo High School and then went to Chillicothe Business School to study bookkeeping. She and her sister, Eugina, moved to Chicago where Maxine worked for an advertising company. In Chicago, she met and married Cletus Lepeska on February 10, 1945.

Married life took them from Chicago to Gary, Indiana, Urbandale, Iowa, South St. Paul, Minnesota, and Glenwood. Wherever they lived they made friends easily and became involved in parish life. They were founding members of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale and welcomed newcomers to Holy Rosary Parish in Glenwood. Together they traveled to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and extensively across the United States. While in Glenwood, Maxine was a bookkeeper at Glenwood State School.

Maxine will be remembered for her kindness to others, cute witticisms, sewing, cross stitching, cooking, crafting, gardening (especially red cinnamon pickles), card playing (Bridge being the choice), and keeping the family diary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Ila Mae Walker, husband Cletus Lepeska, daughter Danette Lepeska, and brother Gene Walker.

She is survived by daughter Denise Zimmerman (Brian), son Duane Lepeska (Rita), and sisters Eugina Smoot and Betty Stephens.

The family extends a huge thank you to the staff at Martina Place, Mercy Hospice-Johnston, and Bishop Drumm for their loving attentive care.

Memorial contribution may be directed to Bishop Drumm in Johnston or Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood.


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