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In Memory of Maxine Nielsen


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday December 30, 2021
O'Connell Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Thursday December 30, 2021
O'Connell Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Maxine Phila Nielsen, age 87, of New Richmond died on December 23, 2021 at Deerfield Senior Living. Max was born on April 20, 1934 to Harry and Phila (Richards) Deal at her family homestead in Kinnickinnic Township, St. Croix County. She attended River Falls High school graduating with the Class of 1953. Later in life, Maxine married the love of her life Merle Nielsen on November 2, 1969 at the Congregation Church in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Max was someone who enjoyed spending time with her family and was extremely proud of them too. She loved to go camping with family and friends, dancing and especially long snowmobiling rides. Max took joy in being host and feeding anyone who came through her door. She would never eat until she knew that everyone had enough to eat. Max will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

Her loving children survive Maxine: Diane Fisher, Mike (Barb) Fisher, Tom (Vickie) Fisher, Matt (Angie) Nielsen, Echo (Steve) Kraft; son-in-laws: Kemp Terry, and Randy Bauer; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Nielsen; parents, Harry and Phila Deal; first husband, Duane Fisher; children, Dawn Terry, and Teddi Bauer.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, December 30, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 225 S. Third St. River Falls, WI 54022. A visitation will start at 12:00pm until the start of the service. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Pallbearers will be Dale Merrell Jr., Aric Koehler, Michael Fisher, Sam Reznicow, Noah Reznicow, Luke Jensen.  Honorary Pallbearer is Ethan Reznicow.

Funeral Services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls, www.oconnellfuneralservices.com, 715-273-4421


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  • Maxine, Rest in peace. Maxine and I went to high school together, she was one year ahead of me, but we
    became friends then and long after. Until I moved to California, we had a lot of fun and did some crazy thing together. I went back to River Fall in later years and looked Maxine up. We had a great visit and laughed about some of those memories. I wish I had a chance to see her again, at 85, I don’t travel much any more. Maxine’s children and my children would go down a hill by her house and have so much fun together too. These children now in their 60s, still remember that.
    Go with God, Maxine.

  • Maxine will be greatly missed. She and my mother Ike (Isabel) had many laughs growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in you many memories.
    Isabel Brenner and family.