Barbara Kratzer

Maxine Kratzer

Tuesday October 23, 1934 - Wednesday September 30, 2020
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Barbara Maxine Kratzer, 85, of Hillsboro, died September 30, 2020 at The Laurels of Hillsboro.

Maxine was born at Serpent Mound Park on October 23, 1934, the daughter of the late Guy and Grace (Havens) Wallace. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Vernon P. “Burk” Kratzer, and her brothers Harold Wallace and Robert Wallace.

Maxine was raised in Locust Grove, Ohio, where she graduated from Franklin High School in 1952. During school, she was a cheerleader and played trumpet in the band. She was very proud to have played “Taps” at military funerals in Adams County all throughout high school. She went on to graduate from the Business Training School in Chillicothe with a degree in bookkeeping.

Maxine worked as the bookkeeper for Liston’s Gas Company, where she met her husband, Burk. During this time, she also served as the Franklin Township clerk and managed the Locust Grove grocery store for several years until her husband’s retirement. They subsequently moved to Hillsboro, where she worked at the Union Stock Yards Co. and Thompson Funeral Home for many years.

Maxine was a proud member of the Leighton Chapter #521, and later the Hillsboro Chapter #441 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as a Worthy Matron, Grand Representative to South Dakota, and President of the 21st District. She was also a lifelong Methodist, attending the Locust Grove Methodist Church before transferring her membership to the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. She was always an active member of the communities she resided in, contributing to many different local organizations over the years.

Maxine is survived by her son, Funeral Director Steve (Susan) Thompson of Hillsboro, her granddaughters Allee (Kevin Curtis) Thompson and Andrea Thompson, her nephew Robert (Bobbi Daniels) Wallace of Peebles, her great-nephews Brade Wallace and Brevan Wallace, her great-niece Baylee Wallace, and her sister-in-law Deloris Wallace of Peebles.

An Eastern Star service for family and friends will be held at Thompson Funeral Home, Sunday October 4, 2020 at 3pm. A private burial will be held at the Locus Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to the Hillsboro Chapter #441 Order of the Eastern Star, 112 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OH 45133
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Service Details

  • Order of the Eastern Star Funeral Ceremony

    Sunday October 4, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday October 4, 2020 3:00pm
    Thompson Funeral Home
    241 East Main Street
    Hillsboro, OH 45133
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  • Interment

    Monday October 5, 2020 |
    Monday October 5, 2020
    Locust Grove Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Peebles, OH
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Alberta Duncan

Posted at 11:35am
Steve I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman Maxine was. I tried to get her to play taps with me once. She was proud of that just as I am. She always had a smile and nice warm hug for me. She was very proud of you and your family. Hugs and prayers to you and the family

ralph slack

Posted at 01:44pm
so sorry for your loss she always called me hotdog for when you and i play baseball as kids my prayers for you and family

Joanne Whitley

Posted at 08:08am
What a wonderful lady! Always a smile and pleasant conversation. Was always a pleasure to see her. I’m sure she will be missed by many. Ours prayers are with you.

Deb Koehl

Posted at 09:19pm
Steve and Susan and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Maxine was a remarkable woman ,who we thought the world of.
Tim and Deb Koehl

Sarilee & Don Williams

Posted at 05:01pm
So sorry for your loss. Don thought a lot of Maxine. He mentions her regularly wondering about her. Prayers for comfort in memories.

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