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Maxine Ann Coon

October 7, 1933 — February 7, 2023


Maxine Ann Coon age 89, of Hancock, died on February 7, 2023, at The Bluffs Community in Houghton, Michigan. 
Maxine, born on October 7, 1933, in Vulcan, Michigan was the third child to the late Edward and Jessie (Blommaert) Ries. She, her parents and two older brothers lived in Vulcan. She graduated 4th of a class of 18 from Vulcan High School in 1951. She then attended St. Joseph School of Nursing in Hancock graduating in 1954.

On August 28, 1954, Maxine married Jay Bernard (Bernie) Coon at St. Barbara’s Church in Vulcan. Bernie preceded her in death on March 11, 2008. Because of his duties with Air Force, the couple moved to Laredo, Texas where their first child, Cynthia Susan was born. After a brief posting in Barstow, Florida, the family of three moved to Rantoul, Illinois where their second child, Jaye Ann was born.

Upon Bernie’s discharge in 1957, the family moved to make their home in Hancock where Maxine was busy with their growing family as Gretchen Marie, Kathleen Mary, Jean Patrice, and Michael Edward were all born.

Maxine worked many years as an office nurse for Dr. Paul Sloan in his Houghton office. She was later employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital (later Portage View) as a Med-surg nurse until retirement.

She enjoyed working in the yard, especially flower gardening and cooking but her main enjoyment was spending time with her eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Maxine is survived by her daughters Cynthia (Steve) Wageman of Gillette, Wyoming, Gretchen (Jay) Kristola of Calumet, Michigan, Kathleen (Joe) Marino of Houghton, Michigan, Jean Coon of Novi, Michigan and son Michael (Amy) Coon of Hancock, Michigan; grandchildren Ian Kronberg, Jill (Ryan Johnson) Kronberg, Jesse Bourgo, Jamie (Tyler Jansen) Bourgo, Patric Peters, Alek (Dana) Kristola, Miaken (Pasha) Tseitlin, Lyndsey (Eric) Baum, Cody Marino, Tanja (Morgan) Thomas, and Tyler Coon; great-grandchildren Elsie Johnson, Clara Borsum, Esmae Borsum, Wyatt Jansen, Isabelle Kristola, Aubry Kristola, Carson Baum and Conrad Baum.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Jaye on April 26, 2021, and brothers Calvin (Eileen) Ries, and Irving (Audre) Ries along with her husband Bernie.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Maxine will be held 11:00 am Friday, June 2, 2023, at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Jubish Joseph to officiate.  Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery of Hancock.
Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Service - Hancock Chapel is assisting the family with funeral services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly or the Omega House.
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