Maxine V. Marchese, 96, of Geneseo, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long-Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. A visitation was from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, in Rock Island. Memorials may be left to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Maxine V. Marchese, 96, of Geneseo, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long-Term Care Unit, in Geneseo. A funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. A visitation was from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, in Rock Island. Memorials may be left to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Maxine was born March 13, 1921, in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of William and Josephine (Mathis) Grant. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, in Rock Island. Maxine was united in marriage with Carmelo T. Marchese on Feb. 7, 1942, in Rock Island. Carmelo preceded her in death in 2001. Maxine is the former auditing supervisor for the Sears and Roebuck Company, in Moline, working there for 30 years. She was a member of the St. Malachy Altar & Rosary Circle No. 8, and Cursillo. Maxine also sang in the funeral choir at the church for many years. She volunteered for the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation for 25 years. Maxine played a key role, along with Hazel Pettit, in starting the resale shop at Abilities Plus, in Kewanee. She also was part of the Geneseo Kitchen Band and the Kids on the Block puppet program. She was a longtime bowler and golfer as well as a very talented artist.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Carm (Linda) Marchese, of Rock Island; and Bill (Margo) Marchese, of Cambridge; and her daughter, Ginny (Bob) Pettit, of Geneseo. She also is survived by 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josephine; her husband, Carmelo Marchese; son, Michael; and two grandchildren, Brad Marchese and Suzie Pettit.