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Maxine Feiler, 87

Maxine Feiler passed away peacefully on Aug. 7.

Born Maxine Frances Wurtz on Feb. 22, 1926, to Carl and Marian (nee O'Connell) Wurtz, she loved working outside with her father on the family's farm near Elmwood, Wis. She attended a one-room, eight-grade schoolhouse, then Elmwood High School from 1939-1943. Maxine attended college, starting at UW-River Falls in 1943, and graduating from UW-Stout in 1948. She taught home economics at Tomah and River Falls high schools from 1948-1950, then at Elmwood High School from 1950-1953 after marrying Arnold Feiler in 1950.

In 1953, Arnold and Maxine moved to Hammond, Wis., where they built a house together with their own hands and had four children. Thereafter in Cudahy, Wis., from 1964-2009, Maxine earned her master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, taught at and retired from South Milwaukee Jr. High, and was an active member of AHEA, WEA, and Nativity of the Lord Catholic Church. Maxine lived in Kenosha from 2009-2010, then Cedarburg from 2010 until her passing.

Maxine defined her life by helping others. She was a significant volunteer at Ramsey Woods Residence and at Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith Older Adult Program. She took active roles in Nativity of the Lord parish's Resurrection Choir and Ladies Guild.

She is survived by daughters, Leslie (David Poethke) Feiler and Terri (Jeffrey) Pascucci; sons, Steven (Laurie) Feiler and David (Julianne) Feiler; grandchildren, Ryan, Noah, Gianna, Joseph, Nina, Max, Samantha, Maria, and Anna; great-grandchildren, Iljana, Nadja, Rocco, Mia, Dominic, and Rome; sisters, Phyllis Most and Janice Olson; sister-in-law Carol Primm; plus many nieces, nephews, their spouses and children.

Maxine was preceded by her parents; husband; mother- and father-in-law Alvina (Paul) Feiler; brother, Keith Wurtz; sisters-in-law Flora Brown Wurtz, Toni Feiler, Margaret Feiler; brothers-in-law, Arthur Olson, Roger Most, Vernon Feiler, John Primm; niece MaryJo Debol; grand-nephew Brendan Primm; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the charity of your choice, or to the Carl and Marian O'Connell Wurtz Scholarship Fund at UW-River Falls, UW-River Falls Financial Aid Office, 410 S. Third St., 315 North Hall,

River Falls, WI 54022 ( or Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith, call 414-220-8676 for a mail-in envelope or call 414-220-8648 to reach the Cudahy/St. Francis Community Outreach Center directly (

Private services will be held for Maxine.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit