Muriel “Maxine” Stepp, 85, of Independence, IA died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.
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Maxine was born on July 6, 1933 in Nevada, IA the daughter of William W. and Bonnie I. (Peterman) Moore. She was raised in Volga City, IA and was a 1950 graduate of Volga City High School. After graduating she volunteered to serve in the United States Navy on October 20, 1952. She married William F. Stepp on March 11, 1953 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA. Shortly after their marriage Maxine was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned to Volga City until William finished his service in the US Air Force in March of 1954. William died on August 29, 1954 in Cedar Falls, IA. In 1962 Maxine started to work at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA and the Airport Inn, Elkader, IA as a cook. In 1977 she moved to Fort Collins, CO to live with her long-time friend Charles Greathouse. She was employed by Colorado State University as a cook for seventeen years. In 2014 she and Charles moved to Independence, IA to be closer to her family. Charles died on December 15, 2015 in Independence, IA. In early 2016 Maxine’s health needs became greater than her family could help her with, and she moved into Lexington Estates in Independence, IA.
She is survived by her children; Jeff Stepp, Brownsboro, TX , Heidi Puffett, Independence, IA, and Paul (Cathy) Tieszen, Johnston, IA, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, six great grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, a sister, Kay (Jerry) Copeland, Cedar Rapids, IA, a brother-in-law, Calvin Way, Independence, IA, a sister-in-law, Charlotte Moore, Elkader, IA, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; William and Bonnie Moore, her first husband William Stepp, her common-law husband Charles Greathouse, a daughter-in-law, Barbara Stepp, a sister, Norma Way and a brother, Larry “Smoke” Moore.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday June 22, 2019, at the Reiff Family Center in Independence, IA, with Rev. Sue Ann Raymond officiating. Burial will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Volga City, IA. Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 8 PM on Friday June 21, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center in Independence, IA.