Maxine Kroner, 91 of La Crosse, Wisconsin, died at home on Sunday, June 16, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born Mary Maxine Cody on July 13, 1927 to James D. and Mary Murphy Cody in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. She grew up on the North Side of La Crosse, attended St. James Grade School, and then Aquinas High School, graduating as the class Valedictorian in 1944. She attended the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, MN graduating in 1948. She taught French and English for three years at St. Mary’s Academy on the south side of Milwaukee. ( In 1991 the St. Mary’s Academy class of 1951 invited her to their 40th reunion.) On July 7th 1951 she married James L. Kroner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Together they raised seven children. During the children’s years in school she was involved at Blessed Sacrament School in the Great Books Program, teaching music classes, leading Girl Scouts, and other activities. After the children were grown, she had a successful career as a Real Estate Agent for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary, Blessed Sacrament Funeral Choir (director), Alumnae Association of the College of Saint Teresa, serving as its President for several terms.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother John (Jack) Cody. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Jim, their children Jim, Jr (Debbie), John (Jeanne), Katharine (Mark Waller), Nora (Bill Butrym), Mary (Tim Barinka), Dan (Alicia), Ellen (Nick Andriacchi), nineteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Donna Cody.
The family wishes to extend endless gratitude to Maxine’s dedicated caregivers: Shiela Slaback, Lisa Heberlein, Sarah Kopski, Dr. Jackie Yaeger, Dr. John Arce and the Mayo Clinic Hospice providers. Thanks to Sr. Kathy and Sr. Rochelle for their kindness and compassionate assistance. Your loving care to Mom was a gift to us all.
Visitation at Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Ave. So., in La Crosse, will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 19th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 20th at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd. So., in La Crosse. There will be additional visitation at the church an hour before Mass. Rev. Peter Raj will officiate with burial to be held at the Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Blessed Sacrament Parish, Aquinas Catholic Schools Foundation, Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary or Alzheimer’s Association.