Maxine A. Luft

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LA CRESCENT, MN. (WKBT) — Maxine A. Luft, 98 of La Crescent passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. She was born in Jackson, MN, on August 3, 1922, to Louise and Alfred Haberman.

She married Edwin “Ned” Luft on November 26, 1946, in Dundee, MN. They moved from western Minnesota to eastern Minnesota, Caledonia, when Ned began working at his lifelong profession as electrician. They were blessed with five children, four boys and one girl.

Maxine was a very devoted member of Crucifixion Catholic Church in La Crescent. She protested but was clearly pleased that Fr. Evans sometimes embarrassed her by pointing her out during Mass. For 28 years she worked as a cook for the Crucifixion Catholic School. She touched many young lives during that time.

She is survived by her children, Debra (Steve) Oliver of La Crescent, Tim (Jan) Luft of Holmen, Rick (Cindy) Luft of Eau Claire, Tom Luft of Sarasota, FL, and Roger (Mary) Luft of Eau Claire; 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Corey, Debbie, Christopher, Jason, Amanda, Brandon, Nicole, Andrew and Alex; 10 great-grandchildren, Kevin, Jr., Anthony, Christian, Bryce, Evan, Jaxen, Emerson, Greyson, Emmitt, Maverick and Franklin, and two sisters, Mary Anne Leopold and Marilyn Rogers.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; three brothers Fr. Clayton Haberman, Marvin Haberman and Claire Haberman, and four sisters, Edna Haberman, LaVerna Schaffer, Helene Miranowski and Betty Shea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Crucifixion Catholic Church in La Crescent. Rev. John L. Evans, II will officiate. Private family burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Due to covid-19, those wishing to attend are required to pre-register with the church by phone at 507-895-4720 or at their website Masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the church or its school.