October 15, 2013


AUG. 24, 1925 — OCT. 13, 2013


Maxine Burk, 88, of Oskaloosa, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Oskaloosa.

Maxine Louise Burk, daughter of Malcolm Collins and Sarah Dew, was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Newton.  Maxine met the love-of-her-life, Harold “Doc” Burk at age 15, and they were married, April 14, 1941, in Unionville, Mo. They made their first home in Marysville and over the years also resided in Lovilia and Newton.  Maxine began working as a nursing assistant in 1969 and worked in nursing homes in the communities where she lived; she retired from the Albia Manor in 1990.  Maxine enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting afghans for her large family. 

Maxine’s family included six daughters and seven sons of which the follow survive her: Mary Ann (Bob) Bridgeman, of Mapleton; Betty (Bill) Woollums, of Albia; Marjorie Bakalar, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Marilyn (John) Isley, of Oskaloosa; six sons: Walter (Cheryl) Burk, of Savahana, Ill., George (Rachael) Burk, of Oskaloosa, Jack (Claudia) Burk, of Council Bluffs, Larry (Vickie) Burk, of Oskaloosa, James (Sue) Burk, of Troy, Mo., and Mark (Amy) Burk, of Council Bluffs. Maxine was blessed with more than 250 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers: Don and Albert Collins; and two sisters: Marjorie Ives and Betty Parker.

In addition to her parents, Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Harold on April 26, 1989; a son, Harold Alvin Burk in 2004; two daughters: Alberta McVay and Patricia Ford; five brothers: Dale, Jimmy, Paul, Robert and John Collins; a sister, Dorothy Van Ruth; and five grandchildren: Joseph Eddy, Gale Woollums, Colter Ford, Sierra Burk and Cecila Johannsen.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rick Smith of Iowa Hospice officiating.  Burial of her ashes will be in Marysville Cemetery in Marion County.  Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday; the family will be present from 5-7 p.m. to greet visitors.  Memorials may be made to her family.  Memories and condolences may be sent by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.gvlfuneralchapel.com.

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