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Doris Park

A celebration of life for Doris Park, 72, of Wellman will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10:00AM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. Burial will follow at the Wellman Mennonite Cemetery in Wellman.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5 – 7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home. Doris Park died Friday, July 6, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Doris Elaine Chaffee Park was born in 1945 in Victoria, Texas. She grew up spending summers in Minnesota and winters on the gulf coast of Texas. She studied at the University of Minnesota and lived for many years in Minneapolis before moving in 1988 to Iowa. A naturally gifted artist, she worked in drawing and painting many years before moving to bronze sculpture. Throughout her life, she loved animals and developed an uncanny ability to realistically portray them in all her artwork. In 1999, she married Stephen Maxon and joined him in running his fine-arts foundry, Max-Cast, in Kalona.

She adored horses and was a dedicated member of the Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy. She was active in the Washington County Democrats and a member of the Washington County Soil and Water Commission. For the last several years, she has devoted much of her energy to the restoration of the Bunker Mill Bridge near Kalona. A fund to support the project has beend established: Memorial Fund for Doris Park, c/o Friends of the Bunker Mill Bridge, Inc., 1450 Fir Avenue, Wellman, IA 52356. (Donations are tax deductible.)

She is survived by her beloved husband whom she always called Max, her daughter Catherine Park and son-in-law Benjamin Vail, grandsons Isaac and Elias Vail, older brother John Chaffee, and sisters Judith Ojard, Barbara Chaffee, and Marilyn Zornado.

She is preceded in death by her father, Eben W. Chaffee, and her mother Jane Deason.

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Just heard about Doris passing. I knew her in the years on Nicollet Island. My family has good memories of her menagerie of animals especially Sheba & Pearl:) Never had the pleasure of meeting Max. Hope time has left many good memories to fill the void!

Kandy Heiman Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Doris, We admired your character, humor, humanity and stunning craftsmanship. Rest in peace. Nancy Purington and Mark Tade. Our sincere sympathy to you Max.

Mark Tade and Nancy Purington Jul 25 2018 12:00 AM

Doris, you will be in my thoughts always.

mike hussey Jul 25 2018 12:00 AM

With heartfelt love and profound grief, I will miss you. Fay Malloy

Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

Was lucky to have met Doris a few years ago. A beautiful soul.

Stacy Sturdevant Jul 16 2018 12:00 AM

I am an old Minneapolis friend. I've know Doris since about the time Catherine was born. A glowing light in this world, a lover of all things beautiful, and a devoted member of the community of life. She devoted her time and energy to that which was truly important and care not for mammon. Her spirit will live on in all of us who knew her.

carolyn brown zniewski Jul 13 2018 12:00 AM

Doris was a mentor, a beautiful human being, someone I admired, and I am deeply wounded by her passing. My love goes out to Max.

Philip Kobylarz Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Doris' death. I will remember her for her calm and open nature that drew people to her.

Pat Pollpeter Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

Such a sad loss for her family and for all who knew her.

Michael Bowling Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

Doris was such a loving, kind, and creative person. She brought a number of worlds together in her passion for her family, her horses, her art, the land around her and its heritage. All of us are going to miss her so much.

Jeanne Craver Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM

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