November 24, 2009
Maxine Schmelzer, of Issaquah, died Nov. 20, 2009, at home. She was 83.A graveside service will be at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 25 at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent.
Maxine was born in Vancouver, Wash., in 1926 and graduated from Vancouver High School before earning a degree in childhood development from Washington State College in 1949.
While at college, she met Navy veteran Kenneth Schmelzer, and they were married Aug. 28, 1949.
Maxine and Ken moved to Issaquah after Ken’s graduation in 1951. This is where they hand-built their home in 1962, the home they lived in until her death.
Maxine was an active member of the Issaquah Baptist Church and the local garden club. She loved children and spent her working career helping hundreds of children and their parents through the Issaquah Co-op Preschool.
A favorite hobby was flower arranging, and she always looked forward to early morning walks with friends through the neighborhood, enjoying the outdoors.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.
Maxine is survived by her husband Ken; sons Keith and Jerry; daughter-in-law Teri; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.