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September 20, 2019

8/22/2019 9:53:00 AM
Funeral for Maxine Runkle Aug. 23 at St. John's in Stewartville

The funeral service for Marlys Maxine Runkle, 90, a longtime Stewartville area resident, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch and Rev. Justin Kumfer officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Mrs. Runkle died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 of natural causes at River Bend Senior Living in Rochester, where she had been a resident for the past three months.
Marlys Maxine Runkle was born May 19, 1929 in Bennington Township, Mower County, Minnesota to Bernard and Amanda (Miland) Thorson. She grew up on the family farm in rural Racine, attended country school and Stewartville High School, graduating in 1947.
Maxine was married on Aug. 3, 1947 to Kenneth C. Runkle. The couple farmed in rural Racine for six years before moving to Rochester, and then to Stewartville in 1959, where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Maxine was a homemaker and Ken was a longtime IBM employee. Mr. Runkle died on Dec. 5, 2008. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville, where she taught religious education and was a member of its ladies aide. She was active in her kids' Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities and was a volunteer at the State Hospital in Rochester. She enjoyed league bowling and was an avid reader. Maxine loved being a grandma and was always available to babysit her grandkids. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and loved time spent with family.
Maxine is survived by her daughter, Deb (Kevin) Sieling and son, Larry both of Queen Creek, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Susan Runkle of Stewartville; 13 grandchildren;19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; sons, Gary and Dale; granddaughter, Holly; her parents; two sisters, Loraine Johnson and Oretta Heidtke, and two brothers, Norwin Thorson and Aldean Thorson.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
The family suggests memorials to Wee Care at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Maxine are welcome at

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