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Maxine Margaret (Erickson) Rankin

Born: Thu., Jul. 31, 1941
Died: Sun., Oct. 25, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 10, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 11, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

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         Maxine Margaret Rankin, age 79 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on October 25, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.  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 Women’s 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.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. 

       Per Governor’s order, masks/facial coverings are required at all times while at the funeral home. Please practice social distancing inside and outside the funeral home.

       Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com

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Kathy Erickson
   Posted Sun November 01, 2020
Dear Dale and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Maxine. I have childhood memories of Maxine and Fanny. My dad, Walter, always spoke fondly of Wes. Wishing you peace in this difficult time.

Kathy Erickson

Kathy Erickson
   Posted Mon November 02, 2020

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Kathy Erickson Spilka.

With condolences to the family. May she rest in peace. Love, Kathy Erickson

Sharon Horton Hofman Raye
   Posted Sat November 07, 2020
Dale I am so sorry to learn of Maxine's passing. I know we have not seen each other for many years but I do have good memories when we all lived in Chesterton. Sincerely,Sharon (Hofman) Raye Johnson City Tennessee

David Lyons
   Posted Mon November 09, 2020

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Goode Surgical.

Jody & Dave Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Wishing you and your family strength and comfort during this very difficult and sad time. Love, Sherri & Jim and the Goode Surgical Team

Marles Rison
   Posted Mon November 09, 2020
Dale, the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. I pray He will comfort you through this journey. I will be with you and your family in spirit. My dear Max was for me a gift and treasure from God through all the years. I loved her so! The fun we all had.

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