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Bethesda Lutheran Church
Friday October 24th, 2014

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Maxine Biersbach

Maxine Biersbach 95 of Bristol died Saturday October 18, 2014 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Her funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 24, 2014 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bristol, Pastors Terrill and Sara Sorensen will officiate. Inurnment will be in Bristol Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Friday. Maxine Stella Taylor was born on Saturday, April 26, 1919 to Clyde and Sylvia (Phipps) Taylor at Aberdeen, South Dakota. The family lived on a farm near Conde where she grew up. She attended country school and then graduated from Conde High School in 1937. After high school she attended Northern Normal in Aberdeen and received the Teaching Certificate and then taught school in Verdon and Andover. On September 1, 1941 she was united in marriage to Clarence Biersbach at Andover, South Dakota. After their marriage she lived and taught in Andover while her husband was in World War II. When he was discharged the couple made their home in Bristol where she was a homemaker and raised her family. She returned to Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen and finished her teaching degree and taught in the Groton school system until her retirement in 1987. Clarence passed away in October 2000. After his death she remained in Bristol until the present time. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was active in W.E.L.C.A. and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. She belonged to the Bristol Red Hat Society and several bridge clubs. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She also loved to be with her grandchildren. Maxine passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 95 years, 5 months and 22 days. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Gwen) Biersbach of Milbank, SD and Jon (Joan) Biersbach of Bristol, SD; one daughter, Shala (Tim) Knutsen of Crystal Lake, IL; a sister-in-law, Eileen Taylor of Los Angeles, CA; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers and one sister.

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Our sincere regrets to Maxine's family. I waited for her annual Christmas card and when I didn't receive it looked and found this obit. We exchanged Christmas cards since I was in 1st grade in Groton (about 1973). She was a great lady who obviously left a big impression on her students. We are grateful that we got to see her when we came up from Texas in 2012 and our kids got to meet her. She will be remembered. If more teachers were like her, this country would be more greatly blessed. Todd, Rhonda, William & September Rauch Lubbock, TX

Todd Rauch Jan 2 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Bob & Gwen, John & Joan, Shala & Tim, Our sincere condolences on the death of your Mother, Maxine. We were saddened to hear of her passing away this past Saturday. I have enjoyed getting to know Maxine through the years ever since Bob & Gwen got married. She was truly a "grand lady" of her time and generation. I appreciated her wisdom and humor. On one occasion we were talking about retirement and motorhomes, and her thoughts on this was "well it's like taking your housework with ya" ( I agreed with her and this was years before Bob recently purchased one ,LOL!) A smile will always come to my face when I think of Maxine independently driving her "caddy" on the South Dakota Highways to attend family gatherings and activities. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way to the Bristol & Webster area. A funeral is really a Celebration of Life, and Maxine's life truly deserves a big celebration! Fondly, Mary Lee (Trevett) Trapp, Mike & Mallory

Mary Lee (Trevett) Trapp Oct 24 2014 12:00 AM

My thoughts to her family. Maxine did a wonderful job volunteering at the Pirate Activity Center. She will be missed!

Ann Marie Hill Oct 22 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Maxine Biersbach

Ann Marie Hill Oct 22 2014 12:00 AM

Nic, Joan, and Jon, I heard this news on the radio the other day, and my heart was sad. Maxine was such a great woman! She was always very supportive of things I was doing in my classroom and especially of all the great events we had for oral interp and theater. She was a strong supporter of all things Bristol. I saw her at one of my plays in Milbank. She saw my name in the program and wanted to make sure it was the same Corrine Kallemeyn. She always had a kind word of encouragement to give. May the Lord bring peace to your hearts. Heaven truly gained a wonderful soul! Corrine Kallemeyn and Family

Corrine Kallemeyn Oct 22 2014 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers for the family. May she rest in peace.

Barb Kwasniewski Oct 20 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Maxine Biersbach

Barb Kwasniewski Oct 20 2014 12:00 AM