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Maxine J. Zoeller

July 25, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Maxine J. Zoeller, 89, of Tiffin, passed away Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

She was born April 22, 1923, to Jacob A. and Blanche (Berger) Bollinger. She was wed to Elmer R. Zoeller in St. Joseph Church by Monsignor Richard Gabel July 8, 1944, and was married close to 59 years, before his death May 12, 2003.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Ann Stephens and Rita (Tom) Loesser, both of Tiffin; one son, Fred (Louise) Zoeller of Tiffin; four grandchildren, Michael Stephens and Mark (Denise) Stephens, both of Tiffin, and Sherri (Tony) Schumm of Radnor and Christopher Zoeller of Tiffin; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Madelyn Breidenbach and Yvonne "Bonnie" Steinmetz, both of Tiffin.

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Mrs. Zoeller

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Elmer; son-in-law, Larry Stephens; and a sister, Joyce Stetler.

Maxine was a graduate of the 1941 class of Attica High School, and she attended many gatherings with her former classmates through the years. She put together, with the help of classmates and their families, a class biography which took almost a year, to be able to present to the class when they celebrated their 60th class reunion.

Mrs. Zoeller worked 29 happy and fun-filled years as a supervisor in the dietary department at Tiffin Developmental Center. She always had a lot of compassion for the residents when she worked there until 1989.

After retirement, she worked 19 years at St. Joseph School cafeteria as a volunteer. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Altar Rosary Society, Lady Eagles Auxiliary, Tiffin Moose Chapter 100 and Daughters of Isabella Circle 382, and was their scribe for many years. Other originations include Catholic Knights of Ohio, St. Francis Home Auxiliary, Allen Eiry Senior Center, Public Employees Retirement Seneca Chapter 37 and Ladies Auxiliary of VFW. She was a member of The Lady of Fatima Mothers Study Club for more than 50 years and she and her husband were in a euchre card club for more than 55 years. She also worked on the election board as a poll volunteer.

She did the bookkeeping for her husband's construction business for 50 years, too. She enjoyed playing pinochle and euchre and was in various clubs involving cards. She enjoyed traveling and going with family and friends. She liked attending sporting events, which included her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always supportive of her family and wanted to just be a good mom and grandma.

A Mass of Christian burial will be noon Friday, July 27, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 8 p.m. with Brother Maurus Zoeller, OSB, a brother-in-law of Maxine's, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Catholic Schools Foundation or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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