Maxine Svitak passed away Tuesday (Nov. 25, 2008) at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was 82.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm in Marion.


Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, with burial to follow at Pilsen Cemetery.


Maxine Svitak passed away Tuesday (Nov. 25, 2008) at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was 82.

Maxine Elizabeth Schimpf was born Dec. 28, 1925, to Fred and Alice Hammer Schimpf on the family farm near Antelope. She attended school in Antelope.

She was married to Peter Silhan on Aug. 14, 1945. They had two children, Terry and Christy. Peter was killed in a farm accident in 1950.

On Oct. 5, 1953, she was married to Frank Svitak. They had one son, Frank Lee.

Maxine and Frank lived in Pilsen and operated a grocery store and service station, as well as the Starlight Ballroom, which was known far and wide for polka dances and the wonderful bands that played there. Most of the couples married in Pilsen had their wedding dances there.

Maxine was known and loved by all who frequented the store, especially the area children who knew they could count on her for a little extra candy. Frank passed away in 1995, but Maxine continued to operate the store until she moved to the Golden Living Center in Marion in 2006.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society.

Also preceeding Maxine in death were her parents; brother, William Schimpf; sister, Betty Jean Riedy.

Surviving are her brother, George Schimpf of Peabody; an aunt, Clara Bredemeier of Marion; three children, Terry Silhan and wife, Kathy, of Pilsen, Christy Heibert and husband, Wes, of Newton, and Frank Lee Svitak of Pilsen; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm in Marion.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, with burial to follow at Pilsen Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Fr. Kapaun Guild in Pilsen in care of the funeral home.