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Maxine Burch

May 24, 1924 — June 13, 2015

Maxine M. Burch, 91, of Newton, died Saturday (June 13, 2015) at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

The daughter of Harry E. and Stella M. Petersen Burch, was born to serve others on May 24, 1924 in Winterset, Iowa. She was raised and graduated from high school in Winterset.

Maxine received a degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University and later received a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Iowa Medical School. She obtained her pilots license in 1945 and enjoyed flying.

In 1955, Maxine became an ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ Church and became a Missionary. She was in India from 1955 until 1965, when she returned to the United States to care for her parents. After the death of her father Maxine returned to India where she wrote a Master’s Degree program for a women’s college there.

Maxine returned to the United States, Maxine joined the National Camp of Camp Fire Girls where she worked for three years. After which her Missionary work took her to Africa for three months. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she served as Chairman of the Board for Child Savings Institute. While living in Omaha, Maxine operated a dietary counseling business. For several years she was a part of the Medical Staff for Nutrition at Creighton University. Maxine was very active in politics while in Omaha.

Maxine moved to Newton in July, 1992. She had worked for the Health Departments of Sedgwick, Marion and Harvey Counties until retiring. She also wrote a column on food and nutrition for the Newton Kansan. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Newton, Zonta International, and had served as President of the Alumni Board at Iowa State University.

Maxine is survived by her very good friend since college, VonDell Glaser of Newton and her best companion, Boomer.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, John H. Burch; and sister Beverly Stanley.

Graveside services and inurnment will be held at 9:30 A.M., Saturday (June 27, 2015) at the Winterset Cemetery in Winterset, Iowa.

There will be no visitation or viewing as cremation has been effected.

A memorial has been established with the “Legacy of John” at the Kansas Christian Home, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Kansas 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, Ks.
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