Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
and Mausoleum

Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

November 23, 1934 – January 4, 2021
Maxine Joyce (Bartz, “Baba”) Philips, 86 of Valparaiso, Indiana passed away January 4th, 2021.
Maxine was born to Frederick and Mary (Pinkerton) Bartz in Valparaiso, Indiana where she lived all her life. On April 17, 1955, she married the love of her life, Philip Blagoy (“Dedo”) Philips. She attended Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Education. Maxine worked at Philips Furniture and Appliance with her husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and later became a bookkeeper for Dr. Mary Klein. She was very generous with her time and was active in DAR, Tri-Kappa, P.E.O., Porter Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ. She loved to cross-stitch, play any game and spend money on gifts for others and herself on occasion. Maxine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip, her sister Norma (Walter) Slanger, brother-in-law Carl (Patricia) Philips, and her brother David in infancy.  Surviving to carry on her legacy are her children, Fred (Wanda) Philips, of Rushville, IN, Marilou (Chris) Dugan of Millstadt, IL, and Jon (Nadine) Philips, of Valparaiso, IN; her grandchildren, Colin (Amanda) Philips, Eyn Philips, Erin (James) Backes, Ryan Dugan, Devan, Terra, Cole, and Claudia Philips; and her great-grandchildren Charlotte, Knox and Ronan Backes as well as her beloved nieces and nephews.  Thank you to the nurses at Pines Village for the 11 wonderful years they cared for her. Thank you to Avalon Springs Legacy nurses and staff for caring for our mother these past seven months. Thank you to VNA Hospice for making her comfortable and for helping her to pass with peace.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ at 1507 E. Glendale Blvd. Valparaiso, IN 46383 or VNA Hospice 501 Marquette St. Valparaiso, IN 46383 in her memory.
A private funeral service will be held Sunday at Moeller Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Our Mom’s ringtone on her phone was a song that she followed, “I did it my way.”

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