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Maxine M. Holecek

September 22, 1918 — March 19, 2017

Maxine Holecek, 98, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in West Branch, Michigan, on March 19, 2017.

Maxine was born September 22, 1918, in Vernon, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence Alfred and Stella May (Wines) McCollum. She married Carl Anton Holecek on June 11th, 1939, in Bancroft, Michigan, 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, Michigan.

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; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother Kenneth McCollum of Mio; several nieces and nephews and many other loving family and friends.

She is 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 internment has taken place at Oak Grove Cemetery in South Branch, Michigan.

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, MI. Online condolences can be shared at

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