Rankin, age 79 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on October 25, 2020 in
She was born on
July 31, 1941 in Gary, IN to Wesley and Fannie (Wiesemann) Erickson, both of
whom preceded her in death.
On March 4, 1961,
in Valparaiso, IN, she married the love of her life, Dale Rankin, who
survives in Chesterton, IN.
She is also
survived by her loving children: Jeffrey (Carolyn) Rankin of Floral Park,
NY, Suzanne (John) Gerster of Fort Collins, CO and Jody (David) Lyons
Glendale, AZ; her seven adoring grandchildren: Kohl Gerster, Christian
Gerster, Gianna Gerster, Ella Gerster, Genevieve Rankin, Erickson Rankin,
and Edward Rankin; and by her sister, Arlene Hafeman.
Maxine was an
Instructional Aide at Westchester Middle School for many years and loved
working with children. She was also a member of the Chesterton Junior
Womenís Club. Maxine was the Porter Centennial Queen in 1958 and
participated in the Porter Sesquicentennial in 2008. Maxine and her husband
resided in Phoenix, AZ, for 35 wonderful years before recently returning to
Chesterton. While living in Arizona, she worked as a realtor. She loved
entertaining and hosting family for holiday parties. She also loved tending
to her flower garden.
The family will
receive friends on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN.
will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11 a.m., at the funeral
home. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
order, masks/facial coverings are required at all times while at the funeral
home. Please practice social distancing inside and outside the funeral home.
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