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Maxine R (Hostettler) Johnson
Mar. 16, 1925 - Oct. 16, 2018
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
3:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
4:15 pm
Hillside Cemetery
North Madison St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Maxine R (Hostettler) Johnson
Chilton, WI

Maxine R. (Hostettler) Johnson, age 93, of Chilton, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Willowdale Health & Rehab in New Holstein. She was born March 16, 1925 in Hollister, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Arthur & Blanche (Pratt) Roberts.  Maxine married Calvin Hostettler in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois; he preceded her in death in October of 1990.  She later married Michael Johnson in 1996 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Throughout her life, Maxine fully enjoyed cooking and baking and applied these tremendous skills operating restaurants in Crandon and Central Wisconsin.  It was often joked about through the family that Maxine & Cal operated enough restaurants through her life that she could be considered a ‘Chain Restaurateur’.

Above all of the gifts in her life, Maxine truly treasured the gift of salvation through her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was this gift, freely given, that prompted her to show that grace to others.  She loved children and gave so much of herself to every child who ever came into her life.  She opened her door to anyone who needed it and made sure that every child she fostered could read before they ever set foot into a classroom.  

With her God given gifts of compassion, patience and food preparation, Maxine also worked for the Berger Place in Fond du Lac where she was one of the group home’s caregivers and the resident’s favorite chef.  There wasn’t a moment of Maxine’s life that didn’t reflect the love of God in her life toward every person she came across.  If there is a lesson everyone who knew Maxine could apply to their own life, it is to ‘Love their neighbor as themselves.’  Maxine lived this every day, helping and changing lives as she lived every day in service to her Lord, and the people he placed in her life.

Survivors include her husband: Mike; her children: Linda (Gary) Bodinger, Michael (Susan) Hostettler, Patricia (Julius) Roe, Sue (Gregory) Schenkus, Thomas (Wendy) Hostettler, Bill (Darlene) Hostettler, John (Suzanne) Hostettler, James (Amy) Hostettler; her step-sons: Michael Johnson & Tim Johnson; grandchildren: Sheila (Mark) McClone, Amy (Don) Keppers, John (Kelly) Bodinger, Michelle (Craig) Piepenburg, Jeremy (Aimee) Hostettler, Ellen (Joseph) Petrie, Laura (John) Behnke, David (Angel) Rief, Andy Rief, JoBeth (David) Schuler, Joshua (Holly) Schenkus, Michael (Marie) Hostettler, Steven (Natasha) Hostettler, Sarah Hostettler, Jackie (Richard) Batzler, Jessica Hostettler, Jacob (Kelsey) Hostettler, Jolene Hostettler, Kyle (Whitney) Hostettler, & Amber Hostettler; 26 great grandchildren;  4 great-geat grandchildren; a brother: Roger Roberts; a sister-in-law: Lois Hostettler; a profusion of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Calvin; and her 12 siblings.  

Funeral service will be at 3:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Maxine’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Willowdale for the loving care and compassion that they provided to Maxine and her entire family over the course of the past year.  
I just found out from my daughter that my Aunt Mac went to be with Jesus. She was one of few that treated me with love and kindness when I was a kid. As an adult we were pen pals for a season and I treasure her letters always filled with words of encouragement, prayers for her family and for me and my husband. I loved her sense of humor and her way of asking real questions. She was a blessing to me as we could always talk about Jesus and His great love for us. I'm filled with tears and grief for not getting to go to her memorial service or funeral to let her kids know the huge impact she had on my life. She was my favorite aunt and I will always treasure my many memories of her and the special way she made me feel. Love and hugs to Mike and all her beautiful kids and grandchildren...

Francine Engle (Niece) - Oct. 22, 2018


What a kind, gentle soul. She was always a good sport and would laugh at my silly jokes I told her. She will be missed. God bless her and your family.

Tammy M. (caregiver) - Oct. 18, 2018


I have been blessed to have known Max much of my life and even more blessed when I joined her family 13 years ago. I always remembered as a kid, it always smelt so good in her home. She was always kind and a beautiful person. Fly with the Angels above. We shall see you again someday.

Angel Reif (Granddaughter-in-law) - Oct. 18, 2018


Enter Your MemoryAlways making sure that her hair was perfect and I think her loving smile everyday.God has gained a beautiful angel

Enter Your NameTami Langenfeld (Enter Relationscare giverhip) - Oct. 18, 2018


Had to laugh she never looked her age and she always felt young!! May piece be with her and the family because God got a beautiful angel.

Tami Langenfeld (care giver) - Oct. 18, 2018


I have too many memories to share here, but she was always so welcoming to our family. My favorite ones were getting chocolate malts at their restaurant! I want to extend my sympathies to your family. Rest in peace dear aunt Mac!

Karen Perkins Hixson (neice) - Oct. 18, 2018


There's too many memorys to count but i love you grandma your forever in my heart!

Kimmy (Great grandaughter) - Oct. 18, 2018


Maxine you were a safe and constant presence growing up. You never shut out any of the kids and taught all of us to be kind and fair.

Beth Mueller (Neighbor ) - Oct. 17, 2018


Thankful that you were a constant prayer warrior for your family. Now I pray your dancing praise warrior for Jesus! I thank God he choice you to be my mother.

Susan (Daughter) - Oct. 17, 2018


All the wonderful meals she cook for us when she took care of us while our parents where working. She taught us many valuable life lessons. I will always be grateful.

David Reif (Grandson ) - Oct. 17, 2018


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