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     Maxine McVey Whitty, age 80, of Belmond, died at sunrise as the birds were singing, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

    Funeral Mass for Maxine will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday July 11, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Rite of Committal will take place in the St Francis Cemetery near Belmond. 

    Visitation for Maxine Whitty will be from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Sunday July 10, 2016 at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Vigil for the Deceased will begin at 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made in Maxine’s name to the Donor’s choice. 

     Maxine Joy, daughter of Fredrick and Henrietta Gartz, was born July 31, 1935 in Belmond, Iowa. Maxine attended and graduated from Belmond High School in 1973, returning full time to classes after rearing her children.

     On July 10, 1952, Maxine was united in marriage to James L. McVey. The couple was blessed with five children: James, Brian, Denise, Stacy, and Michael.

     Maxine shared her God-given gift of music as a pianist, organist and cantor. She was an avid bicycle rider and was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Parish.

     Maxine is survived by her five children: James McVey, Brian (Bobbi) McVey, Denise (James) Scheller, Stacy (Bobbie Hoch) McVey and Michael McVey; four grandchildren: Nathan, Jacob, Adam and Kaylie; four great-grandchildren: Taylor, Tristan, Vanessa and Mia; one sister, Leota; fourteen nieces and nephews: Leroy, Sandy, Arlyn Dean, Denny, David, Karen, Max, Steve, Lisa, Leslie, Johnny, Gayle, Annette and Randy; and two sisters-in-law: Dolly and Bennie.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, James L. McVey, and five siblings: Leo, Muriel, Dorothy, Bill, and Gary.

     Maxine was buried in a handmade Trappist casket from the monks of New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, IA. 

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     Margaret E. (Peggy) Black, age 82, of Belmond, passed away Monday July 18, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond.

     Funeral services for Peggy Black will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday July 22, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Belmond. Pastor Jim Gochenouer will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery.

     Visitation for Peggy Black will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday July 21, 2016 at Dugger Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

     Margaret Ellen, daughter of David and Ida (DeMolen) Paro, was born on April 11, 1934 in Ewen, MI. She grew up in Bergland, MI, where she attended schools. Peggy graduated from Bergland High School in 1951. Peggy did further her schooling for a time studying Interior Design.

     On April 9, 1954, Peggy was united into marriage with Bernard Black in Battle Creek, MI. They had and celebrated 54 wonderful years of marriage. The couple was blessed with two children Tina and David. The couple first made their home in Battle Creek, and later in Kearney, Nebraska: Mexico City and finally, the place they would always consider home, Belmond. Peggy worked as an Interior Decorator and several years at Printing Services in Belmond.

     Peggy enjoyed working in her flower garden, and she also enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. Peggy had an extensive love of reading, and her faith in God was strong.

     Peggy was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Belmond Golf and Country Club and Belmond American Legion Auxiliary.

     Peggy is survived by daughter, Tina (Tim) Hieb of Alda, NE, son David (Marlene) of Belmond, grandchildren: Mandi, Chelsea, Amanda, Cody, David, Chris, Dylan, great-grandchildren, Dominic, Logan, Delaney, Natalie, Blake, Brayden, London, Trinity, Greyson, sister Glenna (Jim) Lentz of Cool Ridge, NE, and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bernie and three brothers: David, Bill and Chuck.

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