Maxine R. Schmoeckel

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Maxine Rose Schmoeckel, 79, of Suring, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Maxine was born on March 17, 1939, to the late Orville and Emma Hatfield in Mountain. On Sept. 29, 1984, Maxine married Robert Schmoeckel in Merrill. Maxine’s passion was to sew, making many wedding and bridal party dresses over the years. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Maxine is survived by her husband, Robert of Suring; five children, Pam (Junior) Nelson of Suring, Julia (Martin) Timm of Suring, Lisa (Robert) Yakel of Suring, Kevin (Shelly) Schulz of Suring, and Dale (Becky) Schulz of Hill City, Kansas; two stepsons, Paul and Aaron; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Charlotte (Glenn) Sherwood, John Hatfield, Marilu McDonald, Nellie (Bernard) Lenz, Jim (Ann) Hatfield, Wayne (Cindy) Hatfield, Arthur Hatfield, and Carlotta (Richard) Schulz; brothers- and sisters-in-law, John Schmoeckel, Mary (Steven) Raatz, Shirley (Charles) Degner, Val Slewitzski. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Nels Stromberg; infant son, Henry; siblings, Julia and Lloyd; brother-in-law, George; sister-in-law, Chris; mother-in-law, Irene Schmoeckel.

Visitation was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at noon with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Maxine will be interred in Breed Union Cemetery at a later date. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staffs of Mountain Ambulance, HSHS Hospital, Bellin Hospital, County Rescue and Unity Hospice for the care and compassion showed to Maxine and her family. Further thanks to all those who brought food, snacks and kind words to Maxine and the family in their time of need.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.