Maxine Ascher Junghans, a lifelong resident of Junction City, Kansas, was called home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday, January 10, 2022. Maxine was born to Louis Carl Ascher and Emilie Regina Erichsen Ascher of Clarks Creek, Geary County in 1924. She earned her Registered Nurse degree from Christ’s Hospital, now Stormont-Vail, in Topeka. She worked as a private duty nurse and as a nurse at Junction City Municipal Hospital until beginning her family, and she assisted with the Red Cross Bloodmobile for many years. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Junghans.
Maxine was active with Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in many capacities, including teaching Sunday school, serving with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, participating in the Mission Sewing Circle, and Bible study. She enjoyed gardening, and her flowers often graced the church’s summer altar. Maxine was also an avid seamstress, quilt maker, and long-time member of the Happy Homemakers.
Left to cherish her memory are Maxine’s children, Gary Junghans and wife LaDonna of Junction City; Marsha Maurer and husband Michael of Augusta, Georgia; Jolene Stackhouse and husband Earl of Junction City; Lesa Kendus of Marion, Kansas; grandchildren Sean Stackhouse and wife Diane; Clint Junghans and wife Brooke; Matt Junghans and wife Monica; and great grandchildren. Maxine is now joyfully reunited with her husband Alvin Junghans, her parents, her brothers Raymond, Virgil, Everett, Merle, and Morley.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2022 at St. Paul's Cemetery with Deacon Curtis Heidel officiating, that is open to the public. Mrs. Junghans will lie in state 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Johnson Funeral Home. The family will not be present. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church 630 S. Eisenhower, Junction City, KS 66441 or Disabled American Veterans 2200 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66622.
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