Monday, April 22, 2013

Lois “Maxine” (Engle) Heise (April 20, 2013)

Lois “Maxine” (Engle) Heise died on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Maxine was born December 23, 1925, near Abilene, Kansas, daughter of the late Earl and Minnie Engle.

She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at age 9. As a teenager, she was baptized and joined the Brethren in Christ church.

She graduated from Dickinson County High School, Chapman, Kansas, in 1943. Following high school, she taught in a one-room country school for two years. She attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania and Beulah College in California. She was a registered nurse, having graduated from Wesley Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas.

Maxine married Alvin Heise on September 3, 1950. After Alvin finished medical school, they served at the Brethren in Christ Navajo Mission in New Mexico from January 1956 to July 1959. From there they moved to New Madison, OH, where they raised their five children and Alvin was in medical practice. After Alvin’s death, Maxine moved to the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville in October 1991, where she enjoyed living during her retirement years. In May 2012 she moved to Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, PA to be closer to family.

Her children remember Maxine as a gentle and loving mother, with an optimistic outlook. We are grateful for her prayers for us throughout her life, and believe she made the best apple pie ever! She enjoyed tending the flowerbeds around her home, watching Jeopardy and playing Scrabble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Alvin L. Heise, on March 31, 1991; and by her sister Kathryn Engle and brother Earl Engle, Jr.

Survivors include her children, Glen (Wanda) Heise, Harrisburg, PA; Lois (Daryl) Climenhaga, Steinbach, Manitoba; Carol Heise (Charles Romero), Albuquerque, NM; Mark (Melissa) Heise, Pottstown, PA; and Janet (Chad) Green, Carlsbad, CA; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother Mahlon (Irene) Engle, Abilene, KS; a sister Doris Mason, Wichita, KS; and sister-in-law Esther Engle, Colorado City, CO. Locally, she is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jesse and Fern Heise, Pitsburg.

A funeral service will be held at the Brethren Retirement Community chapel, Greenville, on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 2:30 pm. Visitation will be at 1:30 pm. Burial will be at Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison. There will be a meal at 5 pm in the Brick Room of the BRC. Arrangements are under the direction of the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. In Pennsylvania, a memorial service is planned at Messiah Village chapel, Mechanicsburg, on June 8, 2013, at 11 am, with visitation at 10 am, and a luncheon at noon. Those arrangements are by Cocklin Funeral Home, Dillsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to “Brethren Retirement Community” (750 Chestnut St, Greenville, OH 45331) or to “Brethren in Christ World Missions” (431 Grantham Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055).