Maxine Ruth (Taplin) Hildebrandt


August 28, 1930 - January 25, 2015


Maxine Ruth (Taplin) Hildebrandt was born on August 28, 1930 to Elmer and Grace (McLeod) Taplin.  She died on January 25 2015 at Avera Brady, Mitchell, South Dakota.  She attended Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, ID and married Earl Edward Hildebrandt on September 19, 1951.  Maxine worked as the bookkeeper for Johnson’s Furniture, in Mitchell, for 34 years and later, as bookkeeper and volunteer for Mitchell Christian School for 11 years.

Dedicated throughout her life to her family and friends, Maxine is survived by daughters Tanya (Aaron) Shire, N. Wilkesboro, NC; Ronelle (Harry) Thompson, Clarissa, and Hal, Sioux Falls; and Danette (Joyce) Fanella, Lauren, Sarah, Nick, and Kyle, Moorpark, CA; sisters Mava (Cliff) Wieczorek, Mitchell; Marlene Hart, Piedmont; Darlene Broadhead, Arvada, CO and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl, and an infant son, Rickie (August 2, 1952).

In the hope of helping others, Maxine donated her body for medical research to the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.  Internment at Sunset Memorial in Mitchell will be at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mitchell Christian School,

Mitchell Wesleyan Church Children’s Ministry, or a charity of choice.


Cards may be sent to the family at -

Ronelle and Harry Thompson

2608 E Old Orchard Trl

Sioux Falls SD  57103



None Scheduled


Saturday, February 7, 2015
11:00 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Sunset Memorial Cemetery
(at a later date)
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by James Kropenske on February 5, 2015
Trina and I send the family our condolences and wish we could be there to celebrate her life. She was truly a blessing to so many including myself. As a very young boy living next door to the Hlidebrandt's I was often given a ride to church, VBS and other activities at the Nazarene Church. That had a huge impact on my life and I am certain she had the same impact on many others also. I was blessed to know the family. James & Trina Kropenske, Frisco TX
Posted by Mary Freeman on January 29, 2015
I have known Maxine over 40 years, first when she worked at Johnson's. I will always remember her smiling even though things weren't always great for her health wise. I will be out of town on Saturday so I cannot be there to celebrate her wonderful life with you. She was truly an inspiration to others. My sincere sympathy to her family.
Posted by Nancy Dickinson on January 29, 2015
Ronelle and family: Our condolences on the loss of your mother, Ronelle. Thoughts and prayers with you at this time. Nancy and Pat
Posted by Jackie Traut Hess on January 28, 2015
My prayers are with you, Danette, Ronelle, Tanya and your families. My God bless you and lift you up in this difficult time.
Posted by Muriel Larson on January 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ronelle and Harry, as you gather to celebrate your mother's life. May God comfort you now and in the days of transition that are ahead. What wonderful words have been shared about your mom! I smiled as I read the notes and remembered my own mother. We are blessed to have had such moms! God bless you!
Posted by Ed Engelmeyer on January 27, 2015
I only met Maxine 9 weeks while in Brady and she was a very kind and sweet person. I never heard her complain and always said to be positive and I would heal. May the family know how much she meant to me in that short time to have her for a friend. May God Bless Her.
Posted by Jacque Schumacher on January 27, 2015
Your mother was one of the sweetest women I have ever met. I always felt so joyful when ever I visited with her and she would send me the most precious notes. And she was so proud of her family & she always lit up when she talked about all of you. She will be missed by many.
Posted by Kelly Hills on January 27, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to you all. God bless.
Posted by Kristy McManus on January 26, 2015
So, so saddened to hear of Maxine's passing. As her former student in Sunday School, she took me under her wing, worked with me one-on-one to bring me out of my shell, never giving up on me. We re-connected a few years back, and she was still the kind-hearted, beautiful mentor. I will miss her smile and her soft, comforting words. Heaven received a True Angel when He took her home. Rest Always in Peace, Maxine.
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