Maxine Fieg Whiteside
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Maxine Fieg Whiteside, last survivor of seven siblings from an old Oneonta family, succumbed to cancer in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 22. She was 87.
Maxine was born at home at 10 N. Sixth St. on Sept. 23, 1926, to the late Lothar and Florence Shields Fieg. She attended Oneonta public schools where she edited The Echo, the high school newspaper. From her first year in school through her last, she was a straight-A student.
Retired Oneonta High School coach Tony Drago, her schoolmate and friend, remembered her not only for her intellect but also for a radiant and congenial personality. “She was affable, always joyful, and very, very intelligent,” he said.
In 1948, Maxine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from State Teachers College in Oneonta (now SUCO) where she was Queen of the May, salutatorian and treasurer of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. She was a member of the Oneonta Presbyterian Church where she sang alto in the choir.
Because of her academic standing she was recommended to continue to graduate school, earning her master’s degree in education at the University of Iowa.
After marrying Dr. Robert Merl Whiteside of Storm Lake, Iowa, she set aside her plans to teach and together they raised four children in Sioux City.
The couple was active in the community, where Maxine joined the American Association of University Women and the Junior League and founded a women’s bridge club. They were also members of the Sioux City Art Center.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her siblings, Emilie Fieg McGonigal, Lothar E. ‘Bud’ Fieg Jr., Florence Fieg Bookhout, Franklin W. Fieg, V. Philip Fieg and Dorothy Fieg Roman.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Marsha Adams of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside of Appleton, Wis., Anne Still of Danville, Ind., and Robert Whiteside Jr. of West Branch, Iowa. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jean Davie Fieg of Greensboro, N.C.