Maxine Irene (Onka) Visnich, 82, of Sugar Creek, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at her home.

Maxine Irene (Onka) Visnich, 82, of Sugar Creek, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at her home.


She was born November 21, 1928, in Sugar Creek, Missouri, the daughter of John and Bessie Onka. She attended Sugar Creek School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1946.  Maxine married Steve Visnich in 1946 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Maxine was a member of St. Cyril’s Catholic Church and Lady Alter Society.


She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth; her parents, John and Bessie Onka; and brothers, Robert, John and Kenneth.


Maxine’s greatest contribution was raising seven children and sixty grandchildren, keeping her door open to everyone.  Her family was her life, but it also included caring for elderly relatives and teens.  She still had the energy to work at Sugar Creek swimming pool during the 60’s and 70’s.  She worked and retired from Sears and Montgomery Wards.


Her survivors include her husband, Steve, of the home; four sons, Steve Visnich and wife, Dorothy, of Sugar Creek, MO, John Visnich and wife, Jean, of Bella Vista, AR, James Visnich and wife, Nancy, of Sugar Creek, MO, and Tom Visnich of Sugar Creek, MO; two daughters, Claudia Visnich Spradlin and her husband, Steve, of Sugar Creek and Mary Kay Vochatzer of Blue Springs, MO; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 30, 2011, at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church with cremation to follow.


The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO 64052.


In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the St. Cyril’s Catholic Church.


Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.


Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel,  816-252-7900.