Maxine M. Copsey, 88, of Watertown, passed away on Feb. 3, 2012, at GoldenLiving Center in Watertown, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Terry Larson of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown officiating. Burial will be at the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday from noon until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the GoldenLiving Alzheimer’s Unit would be appreciated.
The former Maxine Marie Martin was born on March 24, 1923, in Highland, the daughter of Frank and Josephine (Haseloff) Martin. Maxine had been married to Harold Fippinger, Lee Tyrer, and Charles Collins, and in 1998, she married Claude “Red” Copsey. Maxine was the manager of the Carlton Inn in Watertown for many years. She was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. Maxine enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Maxine is survived by four children: Barbara Tyrer of San Miguel Allende, Mexico; Tom (Kathy) Tyrer of Del Rio, Texas; Greg Tyrer of Watertown; and Jim (Judy) Tyrer of Watertown; 14 grandchildren: Shelley, Vito, Emily, Tammy, Austin, Aaron, Celeste, Jeremy, Alicia, Devon, Noelle, Caitlin, Elias and Chelsea; three great-grandchildren: Teresa, Jackson and Marlo. She is further survived by stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Mary; and three brothers, Donny, Robert and Eddie; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas Michael Tyrer-Crabtree; a granddaughter, Tanya Tyrer; four sisters, Irene, Geraldine, Lucille and Janice; four brothers, Butch, Frances, Roger and Richard.
“We are born for a higher destination than that of earth — a place where rainbows never fade, a place of oneness with the universe. My smile is now a newly born star in the sky, my laughter is now the song of a bird. Live life — I did. Death is just a golden key to open the door to my new journey and on to my new destination.”
The family would like to thank GoldenLiving Center and AseraCare Hospice for their wonderful care.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St. Watertown.