Died March 19, 2017
Maxine Holecek, 98, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in West Branch on March 19, 2017.
Maxine was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Vernon, the daughter of Clarence Alfred and Stella May (Wines) McCollum. She married Carl Anton Holecek on June 11, 1939, in Bancroft, and together they raised two sons and a daughter.
Maxine had many jobs, from working in a canning factory, where she earned 25 cents for each dishpan of tomatoes she peeled, to driving Army trucks in convoy to New Jersey, to being a press operator at Redmond’s and Universal Electric in Owosso; retiring from Universal in 1965. Retirement didn’t last long, though, as she worked at T.R. Mowen Manufacturing in Fenton, retiring in 1976 to South Branch.
Maxine loved life and lived it to the fullest. She also loved her family, had a caring heart and would help anyone in need.
Maxine is survived by her son, Charles (Joan) Holecek, and daughter, Kristeen (Larry) Howard, both of West Branch; grandchildren, April (Mike) DeSander, Amy (Trent) Sanborn, Hope Jones and Heather Cook; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth McCollum of Mio; several nieces and nephews; and many other loving family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Carl; daughter, Maxine Jr.; son, Carl James Holecek; grandson, William Howard; granddaughters, Shari Holecek and Christine Holecek; and siblings, Celia, Clifford, Chad, Jim, Cass, Don and Marshall.
Pursuant to Maxine’s wishes, no services will be held, and interment has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in South Branch.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Maxine’s memory to a charity of choice.
Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.