Maxine Pankow

July 16, 1934-Oct. 24, 2020

Maxine Pankow, 86,

Minot, died Saturday, Oc-

tober 24, 2020, in a Minot


Maxine was born July

16, 1934, in Golden Val-

ley, ND, to Charles and

Lou Ella (Presthus) Hop-

po. She grew up in Dodge,

ND, and graduated from

Dodge High School with

the Class of 1952. After

high school, she moved to

Minot and found employ-

ment with Union National


Maxine was united in

marriage to James A. Pan-

kow on April 8, 1954, in

Minot. They would call

Minot home the rest of

their lives and were

blessed with six children.

In addition to being the

best mother to her large

family, Maxine worked at

the Minot Elks Lodge as a

secretary for many years.

She deeply valued the

lifelong relationships that

were made in the Elks by

attending meetings and

nights spent dancing the

night away. James passed

away on October 30, 1996.

Maxine was a member

of Christ Lutheran

Church, Elks Lodge, Ea-

gles Aerie, American Le-

gion Auxiliary and the

Minot Curling Club. She

enjoyed spending week-

ends camping with her

children at Ft. Stevenson

and Downstream Camp-

ground near the Garrison

Dam. Maxine also en-

joyed a good book, play-

ing cards with family and

poker nights and bowling

league were also on the

weekly menu of activities.

She was a competitor her

entire life and a devout

fan of all things Minneso-

ta that included the

Twins, Timberwolves and

Vikings. She will be

missed deeply by all who

were blessed to share in

her life.

Maxine is survived by

her children Lorie (Barry)

Johnson, Kenmare, ND,

Sherry (George) Carlson,

Minot, Linda Schroeder,

Denver, CO, Julie Rice,

(Dean Eman), Minot, ND

and David (Tonya) Pan-

kow, Minot, ND; 14

grandchildren; 27 great-

grandchildren; 1 great-

great grandson; special

friend, Elmer Allmend-

inger, Bismarck, ND;

brother-in-law Tom (Gail)

Pankow, Mesa, AZ; along

with numerous nieces and


Maxine was preceded

in death by her parents,

husband James, son Terry

Pankow, grandson Luke

Stewart and sister Diane


Private Family Celebra-

tion of Maxine’s Life: 2:00

p.m. Wednesday, October

28, 2020, at Christ Luth-

eran Church, Minot. Due

to pandemic, masks are

required to attend. A link

to view livestream of the

service or to share

memories and con-

dolences can be found on

her obituary page at www.



Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Public Visitation:

Tuesday, October 28,

2020, from 6:00 p.m. until

8:00 p.m. at the Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


In lieu of plants and

flowers memorials are

preferred to Christ Luth-

eran Church, Minot.