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Maxine Lorenz
January 22, 1924 - April 7, 2014

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!” 


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Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 10:09 AM said:

Thinking of you and your family.
Anonymous on September 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM said:

Georgia Hutchison on May 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM said:

Linda, I just read about your mom's passing and want to extend our sympathy to you and your family. You both bring back a lot of memories to me. I remember how nice you looked in your Girl Scout uniform. Your troop was a great troop and we had a lot of fun together. I saw you dad more than your mom but did visit with her on the phone, loved her laugh. Would love hearing from you. God Bless, Georgia
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on April 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM said:

To Bill and All the Lorenz Family,just wanted to let you all know, how very sorry we are for the loss of your Mother.
Christy (Kane) Paul on April 11, 2014 at 6:04 AM said:

To the Lorenz Family,

I'm So Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a Very special person and will be missed by many. My prayers are with you and your Families.
Sincerely, Christy (Kane) Paul Clinton,Iowa
Mary Crahan Carney on April 11, 2014 at 5:38 AM said:

I grew up in Oelwein in the same neighborhood as the Donahue family and knew them all .... Maxine, Joann and Neece Donahue and I would play "beauty parlor" by the hour, polishing each other's fingernails, etc .... And, many nights were spent out on their front porch, telling scary stories. Maxine was always so much fun ...they all were. Please accept my sympathy .....
Joel Wicklund on April 10, 2014 at 5:33 AM said:

Our thoughts are with the Lorenz family. Linda -- Lynn to us -- has been a great friend to my parents and we heard wonderful things about her mother.
Gary and Barb Munn on April 9, 2014 at 7:18 AM said:

Our condolences to the entire Lorenz family.

Your Mom's kindness and sense of humor is what I always remember. She called me recently and left a voice mail when Iowa beat Ohio State in basketball as she wanted to personally make sure I was aware of the result.

Linda, Marcia, Bill, Jan and Mike, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Matt Schmitz on April 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM said:

So sad to hear about Maxine. My condolences to her family. She was a wonderful Great Aunt.
Nancy Munn Schmitz on April 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM said:

Maxine was such a strong and vital woman, full of love for her family. I will miss answering my phone and hearing her voice and having such great talks with her. She had a great sense of humor and compassion, and was always interested in sharing news of loved ones, and telling me about the Hawkeyes. Rest in peace, Aunt Maxine. To her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, I hope that you all find some comfort in the many wonderful memories of such a beautiful woman.
Tom and Marcia Munn on April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM said:

What a beautiful picture for a beautiful woman! We were so sad to hear of her passing. She certainly fought a good fight but it was her spirit that was really amazing. She was so positive and always interested in how others were! We will miss her! Tom and Marcia Munn

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