L. "Maxine" Fickenscher, 88, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died November 14, 2019 at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE.
Maxine was born August 3, 1931 in Olathe, CO, daughter of Clifford and Esther (Elicker) Atkinson and raised south of Brady. She attended rural country school and then graduated from Brady High School. After graduation, she moved to Lincoln to attend Lincoln General School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She worked for many years as a nurse. Maxine married Allen Fickenscher on March 21, 1953 at Brady, NE and to this union three children were born - Nancy, Tim and Tom. The family made their home in Brady and then Gothenburg. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the PEO. Maxine enjoyed quilting and baking bread. She collected stamps and thimbles. April Fool's Day was her favorite day to pull pranks. She loved being outside - camping and going on picnics. She loved cardinals and spiders. She cherished her family and friends and often wrote them letters.
Survivors include her husband Allen of Gothenburg; 2 sons, Tom (Cindy) Fickenscher of Gothenburg, NE, Tim Fickenscher (Carol Windrum) of Omaha, NE; daughter, Nancy (John) Gerrard of Lincoln, NE; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; along with numerous extended family and friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Atkinson.
Book signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, November 18, 2019 from 1:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 4-6 .
Memorial Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating.
Private Interment will take place in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Heifer International, 1 World Ave. Little Rock, AR 72202 or the Gothenburg Library 1104 Lake, Gothenburg, NE 69138.