Maxine Higgins, 1920-2019

Published 1:00 am Friday, March 8, 2019

Maxine Marjorie (Runden) Higgins, 98, formerly of Austin, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa.

Maxine Higgins

Maxine was born Dec. 17, 1920, in Albert Lea to George and Cora (Hagen) Runden. She attended Albert Lea High School, graduating in 1939.

In April 1938, Maxine met Robert Higgins. They were engaged on Christmas Day 1939 and were united in marriage July 13, 1940, in Northwood. To this union two children were born: son, Thomas, and daughter, Carol. Maxine was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. The family took yearly fishing trips up north and traveled to all 50 states, as well as Maxine and Robert traveling to Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

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Maxine was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she was active in WELCA, Circle 5 and the altar guild. She was also a member of the Hormel Retirees and the Golden Age. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Ann (Steve) Olson, of Wesley, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Pat Higgins, of Austin; seven grandchildren, Kristen Kiecker, Kelly Olsen, Michelle Peterson, Gina Nelson Higgins, Angela Higgins, Shannon Olson and Scott Higgins; 16 great-grandchildren, Shea Kiecker, Tayte Kiecker, Cristian Olsen, Cassandra Chadwick, Onna Peterson, Grace Peterson, Cassondra Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Ryan Petievich, Rayna Petievich, Jake Petievich, Duel Higgins, Duncan Higgins, Asia Higgins-Lewis and Thomas W. Higgins; three great-great grandchildren, Kashlyn Kiecker, Aviana Kiecker and Charles Chadwick; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents George and Cora Runden; husband, Robert, in 2008; son, Thomas Higgins, in 2017; and one brother, Ellsworth Runden.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Services are pre-arranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at