Maxine Elizabeth Dorr, 78, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Maxine Elizabeth Dorr, age 78, a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center, Albert Lea, formerly of the Belmond, Iowa, and New Hampton, Mo., areas, died Saturday, June 8, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 13, at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, west of Belmond, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lowell Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12, at the Tenold-Andrews Funeral Home, 516 First St. S.E., Belmond, from 5-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Maxine E. Link was born Feb. 6, 1924, on her parents’ farm in rural Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Conrad R. and Zada Ellen Sears Link. She attended Mason City Schools and graduated from high school in 1942.

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Maxine was united in marriage to Lloyd Heggestad in Mason City, Iowa, on Aug. 22, 1942. To this union four children were born: Gary, Marvie, Linda and Dennis. She latter married Russell J. Dorr in Belmond, Iowa. The couple farmed for several years in the Belmond and Kanawha areas. Russell also had owned and operated a trucking business which Maxine helped him to operate. She had also driven livestock trucks for the business. The couple also farmed near Goodell for a time, and in July 1976 they moved to a farm in Martinsville, Mo., near Bethany. They lived there until Russell’s death in July 1986. Following Russell’s death, Maxine lived for a time in Rowan, Iowa, before returning

to New Hampton, Mo., where her son Gary Heggestad and his family cared for her. In 1992, Maxine and her son Gary and his family moved to Glenville. She lived with them until 1994 at which time she became a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center. She had resided there since that time.

In addition to farming with her husband and assisting with the trucking business, Maxine was a lifelong homemaker. She had been a devoted care giver, working for various health care institutions. In the mid 1950s she was employed as a nurse’s aide at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa, and in the early 1960s for the hospital in Windom, Minn.

She had worked for a time in the mid 1960s at the Belmond Medical Center and at the Belmond Health Care Center.

Maxine had been a long-time care giver for Vernita and Chloe Thomas in their home in Belmond. Maxine truly loved people and her family was very important to her. She loved cooking, baking, and canning. Making homemade ice cream, butter, and cottage cheese were some of her specialties.

During her years as a resident of the Good Samaritan Home she enjoyed attending the chapel services and singing the songs, despite having complications of Alzheimer’s.

Survivors include her son, Gary, and wife Darlene Heggestad of Glenville; a daughter, Linda Crill of New London, Iowa; a stepdaughter, Marlene Wessells of Goodell, Iowa; a sister, Mildred

&uot;Mickie&uot; Madson of Mason City, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Mary Belle Link of Casper, Wyo.; a brother-in-law, Leland and wife Adean Dorr; grandsons: Robert Heggestad of Tacoma, Wash., and Jerry and wife Denise Heggestad and their children, Robyn, Cheyenne and April of Herford, Texas; a granddaughter, Terri and husband Kurt Howlett and their children, Robbie, Aaron, and Lucas, of Clear Lake, Iowa; a grandson, Scott and wife Tamara Halama and their children, Christopher, Brandon, Gabriel and Desire’ of Keosauqua, Iowa; granddaughters: Lisa and husband Jessie Stanbary and their children, Cameron, Kelsey, and Adam, of New London, Iowa, Amy Crill of New London, Iowa, and Tammy and husband Rob Christensen and their children, Colton, Justice

and Jade, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; grandsons: Mark and wife Ann Heggestad of Emmons, Brad Heggestad of Glenville, and Lynn and wife Michelle Heggestad and their daughter, Shayla, of Glenville; a granddaughter, Donna Basener and husband David Meservey and their four children, including daughter, Nicole and husband Larry Gutman and their son, Gabriel, of Oklahoma City, Okla., a son Nathan, David Dan, and Danielle Basener, all of Meservey, Iowa; a granddaughter, Linda and husband Steve Schrage of Clarion, Iowa; and a grandson, John and wife Tammy Wessels and their children, Katie, Rachal, Cole, and Heath Wessels, all of Kanawha. Iowa.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Lloyd Heggestad and Russell Dorr; sons Dennis and Marvie; and three brothers, Clement Emery Link of Casper, Wyo., Seward L. Link of Phoenix, Ariz, and Almon R. Link of Mason City, Iowa.

Memorials are preferred to the family and may be directed to Gary Heggestad, 140 Second Ave. N.W., Glenville MN 56036.