Maxine Leah Johnson

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Maxine Leah Johnson, 80, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at her home in New Hampton, Iowa. Maxine was born June 24, 1938, to Donald and Marcella (Sabbann) Tayek in Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She graduated from Monona High School in 1956, and earned her degree from Upper Iowa University.

Maxine was united in marriage with John Johnson. Three children were born to this union. They later divorced. Throughout the years, Maxine was a special education teacher in Farmersburg, Iowa, secretary for Dr. Pfeiffer in McGregor, Iowa, and worked at Community Action for many years. She was also the first woman tour guide at Spook Cave. She enjoyed making crafts, knitting and crocheting. Maxine tended a large garden and would preserve her harvests. In her spare time, she relaxed by reading and doing word find puzzles. Maxine was a 4-H member and helped with many 4-H projects.

Maxine is survived by her children, Sheila (Dean) Lipa of Elma, Iowa, and Neal (Nereyda) Johnson, of Hampton, Iowa; grandchildren, Krystina (Travis Teslow) Lipa, Brianna (Travis) Gilbert, Christofer (Katherine Daniels) Johnson, Craig (Jordan) Johnson and Michael (Barb) Johnson, Jr.; great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Roger (Bev) Tayek, of Marion, Iowa, Marlys (David) Kaiser, of Saskatan, Canada, and Ron (Gloria) Tayek, of Farmersburg, Iowa.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Marcella Tayek; son, Michael Johnson; nephew, Jake Tayek; and one niece, Andy Halverson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, Iowa, with Rev. Erika Kielstrup as the officiant. There will also be a visitation two hours before the services at the church on Sunday. Burial will follow at Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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