|Birth: ||Aug. 4, 1924|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 2013|
St. Clair County
Married to Robert E. VanCloostere on September 24, 1946. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include her three daughters, Lana (Rich) Williams of Millstat, Roberta (John) Systma of Murphysboro and Nancy Harsy (Leonard Pullis) of Murphysboro; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Tonya Williams of Chicago, Gina Williams (Jake Grieff) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Aric (Rhonda) Harsy and children, Taryn and Logan of Murphysboro, Aaron Harsy (Tonya Alube) of California and son, Chase, Adrienne (Nick) Carter and son, RE, of Fairfield, and Darren (Heather) Harsy of Du Quoin and, son, Dawson and daughter, Aubree; her brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Barbara Alstat of Vergennes; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Dr. Ron Liss of Sussex, NJ; cousins; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Harold Harsy; her parents, Bill and Verena Alstat; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Mildred Alstat; brother, Delmar Alstat; brother and sister-in-law, John and Loretta Schneider; brother-in-law, Bill Eisenhauer; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Mary Endres; and nephew, Joey Endres.
As a young woman, Maxine worked in St. Louis and Chicago factories to support the war efforts of U.S. troops in World War II. At the time she and Robert wed, Maxine was the teacher of all eight grades in a one-room Simpson schoolhouse in Sato Township.
Maxine was extremely involved in the family businesses, VanCloostere Farms, R.E.VanCloostere Construction, Inc., VanCloostere Trucking, and Harsy Mine Services, Inc. She served as C.F.O., bookkeeper and general manager for the 46 years they were married.
Maxine served as room mother and scout leader for her daughters at St. Andrew Grade School. She was a member of St. Andrew Altar Society, St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, for which she volunteered at the KC Hall. Maxine was very civic and community minded, and was active in the Farm Bureau and Elks Lodge.
Maxine was known for her generosity, caring and grace to all people she interacted with. She excelled as a homemaker and a gardener. Hard work was her "hobby" and passion.
(Information extracted from obituary in The Southern Illinoisan.)
Saint Andrews Cemetery
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