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Maxine Horvath

Our beloved “Tootie” passed away on September 16, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren.

Maxine is survived by her husband of 55 years, John D. Horvath; her sister Michelle Baker (Ken) of Lakeview; her daughter and son in law, Donna & Eric Mahieu of Holland; her son and daughter in law, John & Kimberly Horvath of Big Rapids; her daughter, Emily Horvath of Lansing; and her son and daughter in law, Gregory & Bre Horvath of Galesburg. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren:  Leslieann Seekell (Alex), Erin Payton (Zach), Devon Kessler (Kyle), John David Horvath, II, Kayla Horvath, Morgan Horvath, Keagan Horvath, and Aedan Horvath. She was fortunate enough to meet her 5 great-grandchildren.

Maxine enjoyed a long career as a pharmacist with 25 years at Community Pharmacy, now Moore’s Family Pharmacy, in Plainwell. She loved being a pharmacist and built numerous friendships with her customers. Friendship was the foundation of so much of what Maxine did and stood for. She was an avid fan of monarch butterflies, roses, The Beatles, and her favorite, James Taylor.

If you knew Maxine, know that she would want you to smile whenever you see a monarch, or when the sun hits your face just right. Dance around your kitchen and be happy knowing that you are loved and perfect just the way you are because you are a child of God, and God doesn’t make mistakes. She is at peace.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Vincent de Paul of Otsego or Heartland Hospice.

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Terry Sapinski

September 17, 2021 at 8:01 pm

John so sorry for your loss. When know she is with the Lord now. Prayers and hugs to you and yours.


Chris VanDenBerg

September 17, 2021 at 8:08 pm

So sorry for your loss. Maxine was such a kind wonderful person. She will be missed


Rita Honeysett

September 17, 2021 at 8:37 pm

My condolences. I am forever grateful my mom was befriended and so cared for by Maxine.


Anne Kirby

September 17, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Beautiful obituary. It made me smile. So sorry for your loss.


Mike &Connie Booth

September 17, 2021 at 8:47 pm

John I am so sorry for your loss. We all love Toot. Praying for you and your kids and grandchildren and great grandchildren. I have fond memories of when we all lived on Hicks Avenue.


Rebekah foust

September 17, 2021 at 8:53 pm

My mom June Foust was good friends with her, I remember as a child going to the pharmacy and they both smiled when they saw each other. Maxine will definitely be missed, so sorry for your loss


Dawn Olson

September 17, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Oh I loved Maxine. She was our pharmacist for many years. She would greet us by name and always made us feel like family. I believe she genuinely cared for people and was such a blessing to all who knew her. Our condolences to her family and friends.


Tami and Brian Frederick

September 17, 2021 at 10:57 pm

Maxine was such a vibrant soul! We so loved to sit outside or chat on our walks. We will miss her smiling face in our neighborhood. Sending our love and prayers to you John and to your family. She leaves a mighty legacy to cherish!


Paula and Tom Holmes

September 18, 2021 at 1:54 am

John so sorry to heR that Maxine has passed. She always had a smile on her face. She will be misses. Rip Maxine


Samantha Greer

September 18, 2021 at 10:06 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I am better for having known Maxine. She was a steward in my faith and was always welcoming to me whenever I was with her granddaughters. I am thankful for the memories I have of her and will cherish them.


Jim Higgs

September 18, 2021 at 11:13 am

I am beyond sad. Max was a wonderful woman. She and John were at our Sunday dinner table nearly every week for almost 17 years. My sincere condolences to John, as well as Donna, John Jr., Emily, and Greg, and the rest of the Horvath family.


Kim Cooper

September 18, 2021 at 12:28 pm

So sorry for your loss. I loved Maxine.


Pam Loudenslager

September 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm

So very sorry for your families great loss. Memories and laughter will help carry you all.

Sincerely Dave and Pam Loudenslager formerly Campbell Pharmacy


Donna Godfrey

September 18, 2021 at 1:39 pm

She was my beautiful Godmother. My condolences to all of her family…it is so hard losing the ones we love and admire. I know she is in Heaven, celebrating an eternal life of peace and happiness with my Mom.

Hugs to you all.


Carla Finch

September 18, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Prayers for your loss of Maxine. Our prayers will be sent your way.


Lynn ~ Bob Higgs

September 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm

John and Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Maxine passing. We truly enjoyed knowing her and sharing our faith though church and the ministries that she was involved in too. We send our heartful prayers of comfort and peace in this time, and know she will be a ray of sunshine in Heaven.


Bonnie Banghart

September 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

The loss of my friend of almost 49years is only eased by recalling all our trips, all our laughs , all the “only what a friend can do”bailouts, and especially our shared faith .

Rest In Peace and keep me in your sight dear friend


Jean Shane

September 19, 2021 at 7:19 am

With sincere sympathy, “Miss” Shane


Connie Endres

September 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

John, so sorry to hear about Maxine. A sweet lady. I will keep your family in my prayers


Lissa James

September 19, 2021 at 8:55 pm

Eternal rest grant unto Maxine, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Jeff & Lissa James


Barbara Gulbis

September 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

Our thoughts are with the family and saddened by the news. We have such wonderful memories of our times on Northampton. We are so glad that we got to visit a couple of years ago. Our best to John, Donna, John, Emily and Greg. Bobby , David are in California and Andrew is in Texas. Paul and I still live in Arizona.


Janice Cochran

September 20, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Mr. Horvath (John)

I was so sorry to read of the loss of Maxine.

She was always so upbeat and always had a smile.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

How she loved the Christmas boughs each Christmas when we delivered your wreath.


Brenda Lee Porter

September 22, 2021 at 8:07 am

Thoughts and Prayers to Maxine’s family. Such a sweet kind lady. She came to mom’s 100th birthday party. Mom was so delighted, as was I.


Fred & Diane Schoneboom

September 24, 2021 at 12:02 pm

John, so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, Maxine. Like you, she was an excellent pharmacist as well as being a great person. Our condolences to you and your family.


Lisa Sutton

September 25, 2021 at 9:01 pm

John, So sorry for your loss. Machine would always bring a smile to my face, she was always happy and friendly. She was helpful to all of her customers and truly cared about their well being. She will be missed by many! ♥️♥️


larry myner

September 26, 2021 at 9:15 am

John sorry to hear about Maxine. She was a good friend. Em and I send our condolences. May you and yours be at Peace with Jesus by your side. Bless you and your family.


Jack Robbins

October 14, 2021 at 2:39 pm

John, Sharon and I were very sorry to hear of Toot’s passing. It doesn’t seem possible but we have known you and Toot for over 50 years and always enjoyed getting together . She was a great help to me at the pharmacy. The last time we saw the two of you was about three years ago and Toot appeared to be well at that time, At that time we said we would have to get together for lunch, but we never did that.

Please share our condolences with your growing family.


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