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-Maxine Boysen-

Maxine Boysen, age 87, of Mediapolis, died Saturday, September 13, 2008, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. The daughter of Paul and Jennie Lewis Kerr, she was born August 23, 1921 in Columbus Junction. She was a 1939 graduate of the Columbus Junction High School. On March 3, 1940 she married Edlef Boysen of Morning Sun at Kahoka, Missouri, and they have resided in Mediapolis area since 1945.

Maxine loved to play the piano. She learned to play by note at age 10, but she could listen to a song one time and play it by ear in any key. One of her greatest joys has been playing for Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant over the past 38 years.

Her ability to play impromptu allowed her to sit down at a piano anywhere, anytime and start playing. Memorable occasions were at a restaurant in North Dakota, a hotel in Mexico, and a gasthaus in Germany. She also enjoyed faithfully attending the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working with her flowers, and making buns, brownies, chocolate dessert and pink salad for her family.

She is survived by her husband, Edlef of Mediapolis; three daughters, Janet Bozman of Moline, Illinois, Joyce Fischer of Morning Sun, and Diana Powers of Mediapolis; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Finke of Columbus Junction.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

According to her wishes, she has been cremated.

Friends may call after 2:00 PM on Tuesday at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis where the family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A funeral ceremony will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 11:00 AM at the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis, with Rev. Brad Hansen officiating. Following a lunch at the church, burial will be at the Cambrian Cemetery, rural Columbus Junction.

A memorial fund has been established for the First United Presbyterian Church and the Mediapolis Volunteer Fire Department

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