Maxine Rosemary Allabaugh, “Aunt Bill”, age 90, of Winnebago, died on July 17, 2022 after a slow decline from Alzheimer’s disease at the Prairie View Assisted Living Community in Winnebago. Maxine was born on February 26, 1932 to Elmer Daniel and Lucille Wilhelmina (Haas) Bowman of Mount Carroll, IL. On February 26, 1957 she married Neil Marcus Allabaugh and they later had four children and cared for two nieces of their own.
Maxine was a real “foodie”. She was proud of her huge vegetable garden and apple orchard that was always growing, cooking, canning and sharing fruits and vegetables. She was an amazing host who always had hot coffee and homemade baked goods ready for your visit. She was an avid cheerleader for her sons in Winnebago High School wrestling and football and never missed a game. She eagerly volunteered as a concessionaire for many sporting events at the school in the 1980s and was proud of the awards she received for her volunteer work.
Maxine managed the office functions of the family business Ace Pump and Well Drilling in Rockford. During the summers of 1983-1994, Maxine worked on the concession with her sister Linda Tracey and niece Tammy Tracey at Ingersoll, Sinnissippi and Sandy Hollow golf courses in Rockford. Almost everyone knew her back then as “Aunt Bill”.
As a grandmother, she was ready to babysit on the fly and will be fondly remembered for her delicious Christmas breakfasts, Maldesha and hidden sweets.
Her family is sincerely grateful for the loving care she received from the staff at Prairie View Assisted Living Community in Winnebago, where she spent her final years, and the care she received from St. Croix Hospice in Rockford.
Maxine leaves behind her children: Brian, Jay (Maureen), Andy Allabaugh, Sally (Jason) Bennett, dear niece: Linda (Don) Elliott, sisters: Phyllis Allen, Linda Tracey, grandchildren: Kelly (Luke), Marcus, Thomas, Annie , Samantha (Aaron), Morgan (Dan), Abigale, Casey, David, Michael, Jessica (Michael), Sarah (Ethan), Great-grandchildren: Cormac, Linden, Rachel, Joanna, Carter, Andrew, Remedy, Rynia , Pal, Aubrey , Jayden, Ryder.
She is predeceased from her husband Neil Allabaugh of 51, sisters: LaVonne Schutt, Virginia Taylor, Sharon Birkett, nieces: Tammy L. Tracey, Rae Jean Hill.
Funeral Service 12:00 p.m., with a visit beginning at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago with Reverend Lisa Lopez-Meyer, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Winnebago officiating .
Burial in Willwood Burial Park in Rockford. Instead of flowers, a memorial will be erected. For an online obituary and tributes, visit www.genandtfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 19, 2022
Published in the Rockford Register Star