Maxine Ann (Stimmler) Spears


Maxine Ann Spears, 70, of Walker, MN passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her home in Walker with her family by her side. She was born on February 11, 1942 in Corcoran, Minnesota the daughter of Max and Dora (Fischer) Stimmler.

She grew up in Elk River and was a 1960 graduate from Elk River High School. Maxine met and married Wally O’Connor in November of 1960 and they divorced in 1973. She met and married Murray “Jim” Coleman Spears in 1978. Maxine and Jim enjoyed spending their time together until Jim’s passing in 1998. She was a lifetime employee of Cornelius Corporation of Anoka, Minnesota. She was there for 38 years before retiring and moving to Walker in 2002. Maxine started her career with the Northern Lights Casino as a cashier. She also earned her real estate license in 2003 and took pride in working both careers until she became ill in September of 2011. Maxine enjoyed square dancing, crocheting, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren and her family.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother; Hattie Bell Stimmler, her mother and father; Dora and Max Stimmler, husband; Murray Coleman Spears, one sister in-law; Sharon Stimmler, and significant other; Dwayne “Fuzzy” Foster.

Maxine is survived by her son; Brian James O’Connor of Walker, MN, daughter; Charlotte and her husband Kurt Paulson of Walker, MN, brothers; Leonard Stimmler of Cambridge, MN, Max Jr. and wife Carol Stimmler of Elk River, MN, and Darryl and wife Mary Stimmler of Milaca, MN, sister; Jolene and husband Everett Warren of Milaca, MN, two grandsons; Jake Paulson (special friend Miriah Lewis) of Bemidji, and Jarid Paulson of Walker. Maxine is also survived by her nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A celebration of Maxine’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker, MN with Rev. Bob Alley officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Honorary Pallbearers for Maxine will be her grandsons; Jake and Jarid Paulson. Inurnment will be held at 10:35 a.m. in Forte Snelling National Cemetery at Minneapolis, MN., Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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