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Maxine Karlberg

Celebration of Life services for Max (Maxine) Karlberg will be held at the First Baptist Church, Savoy, at 11 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, with Pastor Chuck Moore officiating.

The family will greet friends before the service from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Max died at 5:55 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Meadowbrook Healthcare karlbergCenter, Urbana. She was born January 2, 1923, at Kiester, Minn., the daughter of Bessie and Ernest Wolfe. She married Robert Hansen, who killed in Germany in 1945. She later married Kenneth Karlberg, who died in 1981.

Survivors include sons, James (Mary) Hansen Karlberg, Barry (Christine) Karlberg and daughter, Betsy Karlberg, of Savoy, as well as two cherished sisters-in law: Leota Hansen Dahl and Colleen Hansen, all of Minnesota. Max adored and enjoyed her “Grands” and “Greats”; granddaughter, Kristen Karlberg (Rob Skriloff); grandsons, E. J. (Melissa) Karlberg, Timothy (Elisa) Karlberg and Paul (Jamie) Karlberg; “Great-Grandchildren, Owen and Theo Skriloff, Anna and Max Kalberg and Hansen and Mila Karlberg, and Aftyn Karlburg. She loved her nieces and nephews and family gatherings.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Gordon, Chester and Dale Wolfe.

Max was employed in the offices of the Urbana School District and upon retirement, became interested in volunteer work, which she did internationally: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Zaire, Ecuador, Philippines, Romania, Dominican Republic, New Guinea, and Thailand.

Nationally, she worked at Bacone Indian College, Applachia Christian Project, Heifer Project, Woody Island (Kodiak, Alaska) and locally at Provena Medical Center, Salvation Army, and A Woman’s Place. She was an active member of First Baptist and involved in Dorcas, Addie Sterns Circle, Bible Studies, Nursery, Deaconess, and a member of the Church Building Committee. She promoted the first Habitat House built by churches.

Burial will be at a later date in Minnesota.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


We are so sorry to learn of Max's death. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Most of my memories of her are when she and the family lived in Albert Lea. I remember the families getting together and the good times and great food. After your family move to Illinois, we didn't stay in contact as much, but I do remember some of the times in Kiester. Also, about 15 years ago one of Brent's friends got married in Urbana and we stopped to see Max & Betsy. The last time we saw her was in Eden Prairie several years ago and will cherish that. Thinking of all of you and your families. This is very difficult - be kind to yourselves. Sharing memories of your Mom will be huge in the healing process. Take care and God bless.

Cindy and Lyle Hilbrands