Maxine J. Benda

Nov 23, 2017
Benda, Maxine


10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. in La Porte City


4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 at La Porte City Funeral Home and an hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church


Private family inurnment at a later date in Westview Cemetery


St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St., La Porte City, IA 50651 or La Porte City Specialty Care, 1100 Highway 218 N., La Porte City, Iowa 50651


Maxine J. Benda, age 99, of La Porte City, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at La Porte City Specialty Care. 

She was born April 12, 1918 in La Porte City, daughter of Porter and Bessie (Huber) Shaner. 

Maxine graduated from La Porte City High School with the class of 1933. She was united in marriage with Edward J. Benda on January 11, 1939 in Cresco, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1983.

Maxine was a lifelong homemaker. She also worked for a time at the La Porte City canning factory, Rockwood Motel and the poultry plant in Vinton.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing in bowling league, growing flowers in her garden and spending time with animals.  Maxine loved to play cards and bingo. 

Survivors include two sons: Ken (Pat) Benda and Dale (Toni) Benda, all of La Porte City; four grandchildren: Christina (Brian) Jesse, Kevin (Marlene) Benda, Pam (Dave) Steinick and James (Suzanne) Benda; six great-grandchildren: Mitchell, Morgan, Emily, Lucas, Julia Rose and Gabriel; and a sister, Lois (Willard) Jesse of La Porte City. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son James Benda who died on April 1, 1967; her husband Edward; and three brothers, Lowell, Delbert “Clare” and Robert Shaner.

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  1. Dorene (Bland) Evans | Nov 25, 2017
    Maxine was loved by me and my family.  She played cards with my Mom, Diana, Dan, Cindy, Denise and whom ever else from the family showed up on Sunday afternoons.  I loved her witt and her desire to win at pepper.  So sorry for this loss.  But so happy i got to meet and get to know Maxine.  
  2. Lori McFarland | Nov 25, 2017

    All the family is in my prayers and heart. Maxine or “Grandma Benda” as my family knew her by was a great lady.  I recall she always had a smile for me or my Dad whenever we saw her. She will be missed by many. 

  3. Robin Harms | Nov 24, 2017

    Dad, Bob and Claire probably had the cards and score sheet waiting for her. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Robin Shaner Harms

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