Maxine E. Kalvig

maxine  kalvig

June 19, 1931 ~ December 28, 2022

Born in: Independence, Iowa
Resided in: New Hampton, Iowa

Maxine E. Kalvig, age 91, of New Hampton, IA, formerly of Frederika, IA and Ionia, IA passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab.

A Mass of Christian  Burial will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton, IA with Father Jim Goerend celebrating the mass.  Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30-11 AM on Tuesday.  Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Hampton.  Online condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Chickasaw County Food Pantry, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Howard County Community Hospice.

Maxine Elizabeth Kayser was born June 19, 1931, at Independence, IA, to Joe W. and Agatha (Schmitz) Kayser.  She graduated from St. John’s High School in Independence.  She then attended the Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls and Upper Iowa at Fayette, majoring in Elementary Teaching.  She first taught school in Dewar, Iowa.

Maxine was married to Erwin H. O’Connell on August 5, 1953, in Independence.  Their children are Doris (Will) Hildebrandt, Connie (Charles) Funk, Bill O’Connell, and Robert, who died in infancy.  They resided in Frederika where she also taught school and worked at the bank.  Erwin passed away in 1975.

She met Melvin Kalvig while working at the bank, and they were married on September 25, 1982, in New Hampton, Iowa.  They lived on his farm near Ionia.  After Melvin passed away in 2017, Maxine moved to New Hampton.

Maxine enjoyed growing flowers in her yard.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, dancing, taking casino bus trips, traveling, crafting, and sewing.  She made many quilts and afghans for family members, and she also made and donated many lap robes to nursing homes and the Ronald McDonald House.

Maxine is survived by her 3 children, her 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren:  Matt Hildebrandt, Megan Hildebrandt, Katie (Shawn Muskovin) Funk and Leo, Jennie (Brian Jansen) Funk, Caroline and Rosemary, and Emily (Nick Boysen) Funk, Charlotte and Abby.  She is also survived by one sister, Betty Kleitsch, and her in-laws, Alvin and Mary O’Connell and Judy and Jim Schwartz as well as 5 step-children:  Gary (Carol) Kalvig, Sandra (Robert) Walton, Rex (Kathy) Kalvig, Donna (Rick) Kramer, and Rose (Jim) Vowell, 13 step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, son, Robert, parents, brothers, Don Kayser and Anthony Kayser, and one sister, Sister Mary Agatha Kayser.

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Visitation: January 3, 2023 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Holy Family Parish

New Hampton, IA

Mass of Christian Burial: January 3, 2023 11:00 am

Holy Family Parish
202 N. Broadway
New Hampton, IA 50659


Graveside: January 3, 2023 12:00 pm

St. Mary's Cemetery - New Hampton
Garfield Street
New Hampton, IA 50659

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Maxine E. Kalvig 's name.

Howard County Community Hospice

327 8th Ave W
Cresco, Iowa
(563) 547-2989

Memories Timeline


  1. Doris, Connie, Bill & Family,

    You have my deepest sympathy. Your Mother was a Wonderful and Kind Lady!
    Praying for your family.

  2. Light a CandleDoris, Connie, Bill and Family,
    I was very sorry to hear of your Mothers (my God mother) passing.
    I have very fond memories of our family gatherings when we were young.
    May she rest in peace. Praying for you family

  3. I have fond memories of Miss Kayser, my kindergarten teacher in about 1951. If memory serves me correctly, I remember her looking out our classroom window, catching the eye of a bus driver parked out front—her future husband—Erwin O’Connell. Nancy Mueller Bonorden

  4. Doris, Connie and Bill — Sincere sympathies to you all. It’s always hard to lose a close loved one.
    Maxine was my second grade teacher and also my sister-in-law so I have many fond memories of her.

    • Our sympathy to Doris, Connie, Bill and Maxine’s family. We always enjoyed Maxine and Erwin. She was a good addition to the Frederika teaching staff and the O’Connell family. And, I didn’t get to extend my sympathy to Alvin, Mary, Judy and Jim on Betty Schwartz’s death. Catherine and Pat Burns

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