Hannah Maxwell

Hannah L. Maxwell

Monday, January 9th, 1933 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Hannah L. Maxwell, 87, of Benton Harbor, passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 at her home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Dawn Oldenburg officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Hannah’s name may be made to Scottdale United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to sign Hannah’s Memory Book online may do so at

Hannah was born January 9, 1933 in Waynoka, Oklahoma to William & Susie Bell (Howell) Funk. On September 1, 1956 she married James W. Maxwell in Turner, Kansas. In 1959, they moved to Benton Harbor and Hannah gained employment with Benton Harbor Area Schools as an administrative assistant in the personnel office, a position she held until 1982. Hannah earned her license in cosmetology and operated Maxwell House Hair Salon at her home until 1998. As a member of Peace Temple United Methodist Church, she served as church secretary from 2000 until 2009 when she retired.

Hannah was a member of Scottdale United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, and the Morton House Museum. She was the first women president of the Fairplain East PTA in 1968, enjoyed bowling in the Mom Squad Women’s League at Blossom Lanes, and photography with her husband Jim.

Hannah is survived by her son Richard of Benton Harbor; her brother Richard Funk of San Angelo, TX; her long-time friend & assistant Marjorie Muirhead of Stevensville; and her beloved feline companion Waldo. She was preceded by her parents, her husband Jim on September 5, 2015, her son David on April 2, 2000, her sister-in-law Dorothy Funk, and her brother and his wife James & Gay Funk.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial Donations in Hannah's name may be made to Scottdale United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children's Hospital. Social distancing and masks will be required to attend the visitation and services for Hannah
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Gary & Donita Aber

Posted at 02:55pm
Our condolences Richard. Thoughts and prayers that you will find comfort in your memories. Hannah was one of the sweetest ladies we have ever known - always caring - always kind. So glad that she was part of our lives too. We shared many good times. RIP Hannah, God has gotten another angel!

M Metalski

Posted at 10:15pm
God bless you during this difficult time. Hannah was such a happy person. I treasure her friendship.
Marilee Metalski

Jennie Closson-Bird

Posted at 08:53am
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing at this difficult time.
Jennie Closson Bird

Craig Fair

Posted at 08:00pm
Richard, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I just wanted you to know that I extend my most heartfelt sympathies to you.
I hope that all of the love and support of your friends and family will help you navigate through this difficult time. You are always in my prayers. Craig Fair

Clif Adams Posted at 08:51pm

Richie, I just saw this in the paper. So sorry to hear about your Mom. I’m sending heartfelt sympathies from Florida. Clif & Lynda

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