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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Maxine L. Faust


A Celebration of Life Service for Maxine Faust, age 105, of Windom, was held Sat., June 1st at 11:00 AM at the Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, with Pastor Lauren Harder and Pastor Jack Scandrett officiating. Burial was in Delft Cemetery in Carson Township, Cottonwood County.

   Maxine Louise (Mason) Faust was born on March 22, 1919, to Paul E. and Cecile (Holmberg) Mason, above the Pekarna Meat Market in Jordan, Minnesota. When Maxine was young, her family moved to Blakeley, where she attended primary school until 6th grade. They later moved to Lake Crystal, and Maxine attended school in Lake Crystal from 6th to 9th grade, until the family moved to Brewster, where she graduated at the age of 16. Shortly after, her family moved to Delft, and Maxine finished one year at Windom High School learning typing, shorthand, and she sang in the choir. She continued her post-secondary education at Mankato State College, where she attended teacher’s college for two years.

Looking back at Maxine’s career in education, she worked in various teaching positions, beginning at Spring Primary in Morristown, and in 1938, she taught at Lake Wilson School, where she earned $90 per month. The next year she taught at Russell School and earned $105 per month, and then she accepted a teaching position at Litchfield School earning $130 per month. Shortly after, she met Victor “Vic” Faust, who was studying education administration in Lamberton. Vic enlisted in the U.S. Army with a friend, Gordon, from Granite Falls. The friends served together and returned home together from the Army in 1945, after serving during the conflict in the Philippines and Japan. During that time, Maxine spent time in Penland, NC, learning crafts, before teaching at Bingham Lake Banner School for three years. Within one month of returning home from the Army, Vic asked for Maxine’s hand in marriage, and she happily accepted his marriage proposal.

On June 15, 1946, Maxine was united in marriage to Victor at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake. The couple enjoyed married life in Windom. Vic worked at the Cottonwood County Assessor’s office, and in the fall of 1949, Maxine began teaching at Windom Schools. After purchasing land on Horseshoe Lake in Richmond, the couple built a cabin in the early 1960’s and enjoyed many years of relaxation. In 1982, Maxine retired from teaching, after 38 years, of which 33 years were with Windom Schools. Vic retired in 1987 after 40 years with the County. In 2004, Victor passed away, with Maxine at his side.

Maxine was an active member of the Bethel Mennonite Church. She was a member of the Mrs. Jaycee’s, Town & Country Garden Club, Windom Hospital Auxiliary, and she volunteered with Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In addition to spending time at the lake cabin, Maxine loved travelling, and she was a bird watcher, who could identify many breeds.

In 2007, Maxine moved to Remick Ridge and enjoyed being a resident for 12 years. She sustained a fall in 2019 and broke her hip. While undergoing rehabilitation at the Good Samaritan Sogge Memorial, she celebrated her 100th birthday! After healing, she went to Mickelson Manor for about a year, before becoming a resident at the Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial.

On Monday, May 27, 2024, Maxine was welcomed to her heavenly home, at the age of 105 years. She passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom, Minnesota.

Left to cherish Maxine’s memory are her nephews, Gordon (Nancy) Winters, Duane (Faye) Winters, Curt (Janel) Winters, and Dwight (Aggie) Winters; niece, Vicki (Harry) Baker; eight great-nephews and nieces, Chad (Sarah) Winters, Tiffany (Ed) Easley, Anne Winters, Caitlin (Andrew) Harmon, Carina Winters, Jacob Winters, Tyler (Stephanie) Winters, and Miranda Baker; and 12 great-great-nephews and nieces, Jacob, Will, Peter, Jack, Charlie, Sam, Emma, Thomas, Phoebe, Emily, Dylan, and Ryan; as well as other relatives and dear friends.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 58 years, Victor Faust; her parents, Paul and Cecile; and her parents-in-law, John and Olga Faust.

Blessed be the memory of Maxine (Mason) Faust, a good and faithful servant.

Condolences and memories of Maxine may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.


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