TOWN OF VERNON |
Maxine Ruby Leenhouts
Nov. 2, 1926 — July 20, 2017
Maxine Ruby Leenhouts died July 20, 2017. She was 90.
Maxine was born in Neva, Wisconsin, on November 2, 1926, to the late Pearl and Wendell Maxted.
She earned her registered nursing degree from Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, and married Kenneth Leenhouts in New London on July 1, 1950.
She lived in California while Ken served in the Navy and had their son, Peter, there. After Ken’s military service was complete, they returned to Wisconsin, and settled in Menomonee Falls, where they had their children Ann, Juliana and Jon.
In 1963, they moved their family to the home they built in the Town of Vernon.
Maxine and Ken were congregants in the Mukwonago Congregational Church, and helped found the Mukwonago Christian Fellowship that later became the United Church of Christ. In the 1970s, Maxine was elected to the Mukwonago School Board.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in 1985 and returned to nursing at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, retiring only to care for her husband.
Maxine enjoyed a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming with her friends, and riding horseback with her kids on their rural property. She also kept a wide variety of animals, including a notable flock of chickens, until she was 89.
Maxine is survived by her sisters, Jean Heyse (Robert, deceased) of Waunakee, and Wendy (Dr. Dean) Lenz of Waupan, (her third sister, Shirley Bork, predeceased Maxine); her four children, Peter (Helen) Leenhouts of Port Ludlow, Washington, Ann (Gerald) Shane of Waukesha, Juliana (John) Hartman of Aurora, Ohio, and Jon (Sonja) Leenhouts of Chippewa Falls; her nine grandchildren, Katherine and James (Alice) Leenhouts, Alex and Nick Shane, Lindsay (Luke) Wilson and Lauren Hartman, and Hans, Erik, and Keri Ann Leenhouts; three great-grandchildren, Declan Thomas, Juniper Ruby, and Elizabeth Margaret; along with many good friends.
The family is planning a memorial service on Saturday, August 19, at Mukwonago United Church of Christ. Family and friends will be welcomed at 11 a.m., the service will begin at noon, and a luncheon will be served at 1 p.m. The church is located at S93W30740 Highway NN, Mukwonago, WI 53149.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Maxine Leenhouts’ name may be made to the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha, the Wisconsin Environmental Action League, or the Mukwonago United Church of Christ.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-5474035 or visit our website at www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.