Maxine Eenam

Maxine Van Eenam (James)

Sunday, August 18th, 2019
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Obituary of Maxine (James) Van Eenam
Maxine (James) Van Eenam, age 89, formerly of Galien, died peacefully Sunday, August 18, 2019.

She was born January 25, 1930 in Galien, Michigan, the youngest of three children. She married Donald Van Eenam. He preceded her in death in February, 2005.

Maxine will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Jean Van Eenam of Washington, D.C.; her son and daughter in law, Peter and Anne Van Eenam of Knoxville, Tennessee; two granddaughters, Jennifer (husband, Blake) Van Eenam Yarbrough of Bremerton, Washington and Kathryn Van Eenam of Berlin, Germany.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley James and a brother Harley James.

Family and friends will gather on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. for a Graveside service in Galien Township Cemetery, where Mrs. Van Eenam will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Donald.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan, 49128. Please share a memory or a message online:
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Private Condolence

Susan Belvin

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Carol, Peter and Anne, and Family –
We are so sad to know that Max has passed from our presence. But glad she is no longer suffering and is with Don in Glory and with the Lord.
We will miss her tremendously! Every time we got together was wonderful! Max was an extraordinary person, salt of the earth, and unforgettable. Mom and I were blessed to have the most time with her but she (and your dad) also had a great influence on Eric – he so enjoyed getting to know your mom as an adult, and my son, Tyler – he remembers your dad’s wonderfully animated reading of Billy Goat’s Gruff - and 2 of Fritz’s kids, Ben and Madeline - Ben taking lessons and Madeline just being in your home and interacting with your mom.
We will cherish our friendship with your mom – the many stories; the love of piano and music; she shared interests in etchings and European travel with my mom; our first cat Murphy was one of Jilly’s kittens and the first of several cats for all of us; the beauty in your home, yard, and garden we shared -especially her roses. She put up with me for 8 years of piano lessons – which I know I didn’t take full advantage of but so appreciated. She was ALWAYS encouraging! Every meeting or note was infused with her love and kindness with humor.
There is a hole in our hearts as we miss her. Our sympathies and prayers for comfort to all of you. With thanks to God for knowing her.
Love – from all of the Horstmanns and Belvins – Betty Horstmann and Susan Horstmann Belvin

Pat and Ray Kreienkamp

Posted at 12:00am
Peter, Anne, Carol, and Family,

We have 6 children and 5 of them were privileged to have Max as their piano teacher. She treated our children with kindness and we appreciated her flexibility with our busy schedules. Even after our children were grown, Max continued to be a friend. One of our daughters is a nun, and she recently took organ lessons. The teacher commented that she had perfect form, and we knew that was because of Max. We know that Max is celebrating in heaven with Don. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. She always spoke so lovingly about her family, and we felt like we knew you well. We will always remember Max.

Ray, Pat, Raymond, Sr. Maria Josefa, Kate, Joe, Chris, and Mike Kreienkamp

Gretchen and Joan

Posted at 12:00am
Peter, Ann, and Carol,

We are heartbroken and miss our dear neighbor and friend Max so much already. 50 + years a wonderful neighbor and friend. Taught us all to love and appreciate the good things in life including beautiful music, chocolate, tulips, and good conversation. We are crying with you but know that she is celebrating with Don in Heaven this day.


Gretchen and Joan Meyer

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