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Maxine J. Beck

Maxine J. Beck

Maxine J. Beck, 83, of Blackduck, Minnesota died peacefully of natural causes surrounded by her children on October 7, 2013 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Blackduck with the Rev. Dan Klug officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6:00- 7:30 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 11th at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Maxine's grandchildren.

Maxine was born on March 13, 1930 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Selma (Ohnsted) Scheneker. She received a teaching degree from St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1950 and taught first and second grade for a total of 5 years, first in Blackduck and then Red Lake. After moving to Blackduck for her first teaching position, she met and married Milton D. Beck. She and Milton owned and operated Beck Oil Company in Blackduck until their retirement. Maxine was a dedicated community volunteer. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where over the years she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and directed the children's choir. She was also a member of the Blackduck Tri-Sigma Study Club, and the Bemidji chapter of PEO. Maxine was a lifelong avid reader who also enjoyed traveling, attending her kids' and grandkids' school activities, shopping with her girls and having guests in her home. But her deepest legacy will be that of unwavering, unconditional love for her family.

She is survived by her children, Rhonna (Ken) Ferdig of Blackduck, Terri (Tim) Traudt of Edina, Kevin (Kari) Beck of Blackduck, and Karen (Bill) Farrell of Hopkins; six grandchildren, Nichole Mistic, Adam (Jennifer) Beck, Riley Farrell, Lauren (Scott) Steigauf, Brad Farrell, and Brandon Beck; one great-grandchild, Grady Steigauf; 2 sisters, Phyllis Humphrey of Mora and Marlene Bogart of Blackduck; and a multitude of extended family and cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Milton in 2009; parents, Frank and Selma Scheneker; sister, Joyce Scheneker; and brother, Frank Scheneker, Jr.

Memorials are preferred to the Good Samaritan Society - Blackduck Senior Living, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

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