Maxine O’Connor, 81, of Mason City, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center – North Iowa surrounded by family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 305 Elm Street E in Rockwell with Rev. John Gossman officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be held in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Eleanor Maxine Kepley was born on Dec. 4, 1938 to parents George L. and Mabel (Bish) Kepley in Spring Hill, Iowa. She was nine of eleven children. Maxine grew up on a farm outside of Zion, Iowa, in a family that loved music. Her dad never got a car with a radio in it as he said he always had the best music right there live. Maxine had a beautiful singing voice and sang at many weddings. She passed her love of music on to her family, and loved teaching her silly little diddies to her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. She graduated from Zion High School in Zion, Iowa in 1956.
After graduation, Maxine went to work for Banker’s Life in Des Moines (now known as Principle Financial). In the fall of 1959, she attended a barn dance in Mason City with a friend who had grown up in this area, and met Jerry O’Connor. The couple got engaged that winter, and were married on July 16, 1960 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cartersville, IA. They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Maxine moved to Mason City and went to work at JB Decker until 1961 when after the birth of their first child she decided to stay home to raise her family. She went back to work in 1978 for GMAC Finance for two years. Shortly after Principal Financial opened in Mason City in 1981 she went to work there until her retirement on April 26, 2002.
Maxine could be found at any event one of her grandchildren were participating in; including, field trips, band & choir trips and concerts, sporting events, dance recitals, plays, races, FFA banquets, boy scouts, Fair events, etc. They always knew if they looked into the audience they would see their grandma usually in the front row. She loved playing cards, especially Zonk and 500, and watching Hallmark movies or any game show. She recently got an ipad and enjoyed playing games and connecting with people on Facebook. She adored her grandchildren as well as her great grandchildren, and getting the whole family together was very important to her. Family holidays were always treasured. Maxine will be greatly missed by the many that knew and loved her.
Maxine is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jerry; four children, Don and Carol O’Connor, Sue and Joe Paulus, Gary and Laurie O’Connor and Janet and Dennis Willert; 12 grandchildren, Jerry and Kim Cahalan, and their son, Ayden, Angie and Brent Atchley, and their children, Elliot and Noah, Ryan Cahalan, Melissa and Rod Merriss and their children, Tynlee and Ellie, Jennifer and Jeff Johnson and their sons, Brayton and Bentley, Mike and Brittany Paulus and their son, Liam, Anna and Cody Hemann and their children, Cade and Andi, Jessica O’Connor, Adam and Tara O’Connor, Jason and Larissa O’Connor and their daughters, Gabby and baby Wila due in October, Allison O’Connor, Cassie and Kyle McCaslin and their children, Henry and Claire, and Derek and Kelly Willert and baby Dale due in September; siblings, David Kepley, Alice (Dale) Delaney and June Kepley; in-laws, Jack (Cleo) O’Connor, Karen (Bob) Dow, and MaryAnn (Roger) Martzahn; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Katie (Ernie) Dickson, Carolyn (Norm) Lauer, Virginia (Bob) Pyle and Blondie (Sam) Lamb; brothers, Stan (Ruth) Kepley, Doyle Kepley, and Francis Kepley; sister in law Merri Kepley, and in laws Dick and Myrtle O’Connor.
If you are planning on attending the visitation or Funeral Mass, masks will be required, your temperature will be taken, & social distancing will be implemented.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.