Maxine E. Lorenz, 90, of Oelwein passed away on Monday April 7, 2014 at Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. Funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday April 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Rev. Paul McManus officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary at 6:30 PM. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.
Maxine was born January 22, 1924 in Iowa City the daughter of Frank and Edith (Hartsock) Donahue. She grew up in Oelwein where she attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. As a high school senior, Maxine won a national essay contest on Patriotism, for which she was awarded a trip to New York City. Maxine was united in marriage to Clair Lorenz on July 13, 1943 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Maxine is survived by her children: Linda Lorenz of Chicago, IL, Marcia Clendenen of Ames, Bill (Ann Gessner) of Ames, Jan Lorenz of Oelwein and Mike (Barbara) Lorenz of Marion; her grandchildren: Jeff Clendenen, Jayme Ladwig, Olivia Lorenz, Cody Lorenz, Daniel Lorenz and Claire Lorenz; her great-grandchildren: Zach and Kaylee Clendenen and LeeAnn and Brooklyn Ladwig; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clair (7/29/1995); her sisters: Joan Mahoney and Bernice Munn; her brothers: Cyril and Don Donahue; and her parents.
Maxine loved her church, her family, her friends and University of Iowa athletics. If she had a final thought to share, it would probably be, “I love you; take care of each other; and GO HAWKS!”