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Maxine Hadeen - December 30, 2013

Maxine Ruth Hadeen, 81, of Haxtun, died Dec. 30, 2013, at the Haxtun Hospital, surrounded by her family. Maxine was born March 26, 1932, to Roy and Jeanette (Ruth) Grauberger in Sterling.

She grew up in the New Haven area and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950 and attended NJC following graduation. On Aug. 2, 1951, she married Rex Hadeen in Sterling, and they were married for 62 years.

After their marriage, they lived in California and New Jersey, where Rex was stationed in the Army. They returned to Haxtun in December of 1952 and had made Haxtun their home since that time, except for the past 20 years when they spent their winters in Weslaco, Texas. To this union were born four children: Pamela, Garry, Terry and Susan.

Maxine worked for the Haxtun Co-op, Haxtun Community Bank and the Haxtun school as librarian. She was a member of the Haxtun United Methodist Church and was active in the local Neri Rebekah Lodge, including being district officer, Victory Federated Club and Phillips County Fair Board and was also a 4-H leader.

While in Texas, Maxine would help with park parties, crafts, painting, shuffleboard, darts and cards. Her hobbies included painting, genealogy, cake decorating, sewing, scrapbooks and gardening.

She painted wood nativity sets for each of the children one year that can be put outside and displayed for everyone to enjoy. She told everyone that summer that she had brought wooden reindeer to repaint for the park. Her painting included 3-D cut pictures, zipper art and acrylic painting.

She had a lifetime collection of pictures and newspaper articles that she turned into scrapbooks for each of the children and grandchildren, which will be a lasting memory for each of them. She enjoyed sewing and made look-alike outfits for the grandchildren one year for Christmas and made Cabbage Patch dolls for each of the granddaughters when they were small.

Another one of her loves was baking and decorating cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and graduations or whatever occasion someone needed a cake. She also taught some of her grandkids the art of cake decorating for 4-H projects.

Anyone that drove by would notice that she also liked to keep her yard looking nice, and she and Rex always had a big garden and she would do enough canning to last the winter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Jeanette; brother, Darrell Grauberger; and great-grandson, Jonathon Fugate.

Survivors include her husband, Rex; children, Pam and Rick Adams, Garry and Pat Hadeen, Terry and Phyllis Hadeen, all of Haxtun, and Susan and Rod Harr of Loveland; grandchildren, Kevin and Sherry Salvador of Haxtun, Robin and Jeff Fugate of Greeley, Jenny Hadeen of Sterling, Brinda Hadeen of Loveland, Dustin Hadeen of Loveland, Jason and Kristin Hadeen of Haxtun, Doug and Jessie Hadeen of Sterling, Scott and Amy Hadeen of Temecula, Calif., Michelle and Mike Phipps of Wright, Wyo., and Morgan Harr and Conner Harr of Loveland; step-grandchildren, Brandon and Ladell Younkin of Gillette, Wyo., and Kelli and Chris Kennedy of Fountain; great-grandchildren, Shea Hadeen, Prestin and Carson Salvador, Ryan Hadeen, Kelsie and Kason Hadeen, Hunter and Kaiden Phipps, Colton and Clay Hadeen, Olive O’Grady, Jayson, Frank, Zane, Brianna and Grady Younkin, and Tucker, Haley, Kurstin, Anthony, Riley and Taylor Kennedy; sister, Margie Fischer; and sister-in-law, Cherrie Grauberger.

Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun with Pastor Larry Dye officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Park Bench Fund in care of Town of Haxtun, P.O. Box 205, Haxtun, CO 80731; or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 400 N. Colorado, Haxtun, CO 80731.

Gerk Funeral Homes was entrusted with the arrangements.