SARTELL - Maxine M. Houg, age 85, of Sartell, and formerly of Pine River, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Country Manor in Sartell. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Anamosa, Iowa, to Paul and Gertrude Thompson.
Maxine moved from Iowa to the Brainerd area after a short marriage that ended in her husband's death. She met and married Kenneth Houg on July 19, 1941, at the home of Muriel and Chuck Buss in a double ceremony.
She was a lifetime member of the Pine River Legion Auxiliary and was very involved in church activities at First Lutheran Church in Pine River. She waitressed at Torske's and the Pinewood Cafes in Pine River for more than 25 years. She and her husband ran a day care in their home and loved the children they cared for, most of whom have kept in touch over the years.
She is survived by her sons, Roger Houg (Sharon), of St. Cloud, Dennis Houg (Annette), of Rice, Dale Houg (Margie), of Cold Spring; daughter, Karen Gerrard (Greg), of Naples, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Opal Johnson, of Pine River, Muriel Buss, of Pequot Lakes; and many other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; and all her siblings.
Although her memory was lost to Alzheimer's, she enjoyed the love and support of her children and grandchildren and recognized and returned their love.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River, with Pastor Bonnie Lomen officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
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