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Maxine Nehrkorn Miles passed away in Corpus Christi on Sept. 29, 2009, after a brief illness.

 She was born to Louise and Max Brune on April 8, 1928, in Eagle Lake. 

She attended school in Columbus.

Maxine left home when she was 19 to work at the Bellville Hospital.

She met her husband-to-be, Hans Nehrkorn, when he was hospitalized for surgery. They married in January of 1949. 

Maxine was the “ultimate caregiver” as she cared for her father-in-law, disabled brother-in-law, and any number of nieces and nephews who came to the farm in the Kenney-New Wehdem area. She worked in the fields, cooked, gardened, preserved vegetables, and sewed. She continued her care-giving role as she worked at Sweetbriar Nursing Home for 25 years.  She loved her work there.  Where some may have found it depressing, Maxine found it rewarding.

Maxine was an expert at crochet and most needlework even though she suffered with rheumatoid arthritis since she was 40.  Her love of cross-stitch is evident in the belongings of many friends and family members.

 She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Hans, and numerous half-brothers.  Most recently deceased is her sister-in-law, Lorena Brune, of Columbus. Part of her welcoming committee in Heaven must certainly include her dear friend, Lillie Mae Schmidt, who was also recently deceased. 

 Maxine is survived by her daughter, Terrie Nehrkorn Steen and her beloved son-in-law, Mark Steen, of Corpus Christi.  Maxine and Mark developed a special relationship comprised of love, respect, and practical jokes over the past 20 years.  Maxine loved her grandchildren, Melanie Carroll and Charles Williams “Will”, most of all. She was able to witness them grow into capable and caring individuals. They will most certainly cherish their memories of YaYa and remember the love and pride she had for them.  YaYa taught them the importance of hard work and a good sense of humor. She is also survived by her twin brother, Max Brune and his wife Dorothy of Hitchcock, another set of twins Harry Brune of Columbus and Thomas Brune and his wife, Dorothy, of Sealy; and James Brune and his wife, Lillie, of Weimar. Also surviving Maxine is her Bellville daughter, Melissa (Stewart) Weiss, who loved and cherished “Sene”, also, Melissa’s husband, Doug, and their children, Bridget and Lance.  Melissa and her family had the privilege of being Sene’s “Bellville” family.  Sene was always a welcome guest at her home for holidays and special weekends when she could not be in Corpus Christi.  Everyone looked forward to her contribution to the conversation as she did love to talk and also her special goodies such as cookies, candy, cakes and pies.  She was thrilled to teach Melissa to crochet, cross-stitch and can vegetables. She will be greatly missed.

Maxine was married to Burton Miles for 12 years.

 Funeral services were held at 11 Saturday Oct. 3, 2009 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Jennie Jones officiating. Burial was in the Oak Knoll Cemetery.

Arrangement were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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