Maxine E. Rimmer was born April 7, 1918, near Remsen, the daughter of Matthew Y. "Mike" and Pearl M. (Summers) Rimmer. She was raised on a farm in the Grand Meadow area and graduated from Grand Meadow High School with the class of 1935.
Maxine was united in marriage to Ralph Meister April 11, 1936, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Kingsley. To this union four sons were born: Jerry, Kenneth, Mark, and Daniel.
Maxine and Ralph farmed in Grand Meadow area, Remsen, and in 1959 moved to a farm near Correctionville. In 1980 they retired and moved to Le Mars.
While living in Le Mars, Maxine served as a deacon of her church, was a founding member of the Elderly Peer Group in Le Mars and volunteered at Brentwood Good Samaritan Society for several years.
Maxine also enjoyed square dancing, polka dancing, and traveling with her family.
Throughout her life, Maxine was always very close to her siblings. They were known as the "Rimmer Party of 8."
Maxine always enjoyed the special time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her four sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry and Phyllis of Le Mars, Kenneth and Betty of Redwood Falls, Minn., Mark and Joan of Correctionville, and Dan and Pat of Pierson; nine grandchildren: Randy (Judy) Meister of Lees Summit, Mo., Brian (Sharon) Meister of Breezy Point, Minn., Jim (Amy) Meister of Breezy Point, Minn., Angela Meister of Redwood Falls, Minn., Suzanne Meiners of Sioux Falls, Minn., Darren (Steph) Meister of Sioux City, Holly (Tom) Kohn of Cushing, Heather (Shannon) Fitch of Washta, Heidi (Ryan) Reinking of Sioux City; 13 great-grandchildren: Jana and Danica Meister of Lees Summit, Mo., Carol, Abigail, and Austin Meister of Breezy Point, Minn., Ashley Meiners of Sioux Falls, S.D., Allison and Katelyn Meister of Sioux City, Emma Kohn of Cushing, Mackenzie, Bailey, Wyatt, and Kendall Fitch of Washta; a brother, Kenneth (Hope) Rimmer of Spirit Lake; a brother-in-law, Arlo Grubb of Kingsley; three sisters-in-law, Lorraine Robinson of Eugene, Ore., Sylvia Beelner of Kingsley, and Maroldine Grabe of Pierson; and several nieces and nephews.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew Y. "Mike" and Pearl M. (Summers) Rimmer; husband Ralph on Nov. 25, 2000; two grandchildren, Scott Alan Meister and Rachelle Renee Meister; three sisters, Lucille Riemenschneider, Audrey Grubb, and LaDonna Grabe.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars with the Rev. Jan Christensen officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitations will continue Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Randy Meister, Brian Meister, Jim Meister, Darren Meister, Tim Kohn, Shannon Fitch, Ryan Reinking and Wyatt Fitch. Honorary casketbearers will be Jana Meister, Danica Meister, Angie Meister, Suzanne Meiners, Holly Kohn, Heather Fitch, and Heidi Reinking.
Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.