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“Our hearts goes out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. May your heart and soul find peace & comfort. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Jeffrey & Jacqueline (Klimek) Baatz - IN

“Dear Kathy and family, I am so sorry that your mom has passed away. You are in my prayers. I'm sure she is in a better place. ”
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“Oh Aunt Maxine, I always enjoyed coming to see you arounrd Christmas. I believe you are in a much happier place now although I will miss you very...Read More »
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Maxine Klimek, 88, of Plymouth, IN (formerly of South Bend) passed away at home on Thursday August 8, 2013 at 10:30 am.

She was born to the late George and Frances (Wrobel) Jordanek on December 16, 1924 in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident.

Maxine graduated from Washington High School, where she was a proud member of the marching band as a baton twirler.

On August 17, 1946, as Maxine Jordanek, she married Bert Nowakowski Jr. He preceded her in death, fighting for his country during the Korean War, on February 8, 1951. She was lucky to find true love again, and on July 11th 1953, she married Robert Klimek. He preceded her in death on Veterans Day November 11, 2010.

Maxine enjoyed and spoke often of her career as a mixologist at Morris Park Country Club, where the members adored her, and her co- workers were her closest friends.

Maxine leaves behind her children, Kathy (Ron) Melser; Bonnie Nowakowski; Nancy (Keith) Bernicky; and Michael Klimek; her grandchildren, Ronnie Melser; Dawn Geiger; Cal Jr, Annie, Robert and Isaiah Prange; and Dustin Klimek; her great- grandchildren, Tyler Melser; Andrew and Taylor Marie Geiger; and Tyler, Elijah and Grant Klimek.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; brothers, Ted and Ed Jordanek; and her dear sister Tillie Wiseman.

We would like to thank the Memorial Hospital ER Physicians and staff; and Dr John Powell and his staff, for their support and compassion while caring for our mother.

Visitation for Maxine will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Sunday August 11, 2013 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday August 12, 2013 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Casimir Church, our mother's childhood parish, 1308 Dunham St., South Bend, IN 46619.

To send condolences, please visit, www.kaniewski.com.

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