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Born: Aug 24, 1920

Date of Passing: Oct 28, 2021

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At the age of 101, Maxine Amelia Greene died peacefully at home on October 28, 2021.
Maxine was born on August 24, 1920 in Detroit Lakes, MN, the daughter of Sophie and August Quade. The family moved to Leroy, MN where Maxine, her four sisters and one brother grew up and attended school.
Mom had very fond memories of her childhood and appreciated the simple pleasures of growing up in the small town of Leroy, Minnesota.
She met her husband, Earle H. Greene, when they were classmates in first grade. They were sweethearts forever, and finally married on May 26, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1950, Maxine and Earle, with their two daughters, Cheryl and Barbara, moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Mom lived the rest of her life. Their son Richard was born in Winnipeg in 1955. Earle died in 1983 at the age of 61 and Mom missed him dearly ever since.
Maxine is survived by her three children, Cher Sulerud (Jim), Barb Dwyer (John), Rick Greene (Bonita Savage), nine grandchildren, Maija and Liv Sulerud, Dana Dwyer, Johnny Dwyer (Maria), Annie Dwyer and Josh Dwyer (Jen Halvorson), Jean (Greg Younka) and Tracy McBride and Johanna Wickie (Shaun Deans) and 11 great-grandchildren, Ingrid Bohlen (Zion), Elliott, Oliver, Finn, Isabelle, Connor, Chloe, Natalie, Aurum, Sam, Jake, and Graeme, her sister Arlene Johnson, sister-in-law Ardella Quade, seven nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her husband Earle, father and mother, August and Sophie Quade, her brother Gerry "Bud" Quade, and her sisters, Veranice Reilly, Pauline Quade and Ella-Mae Davis.
Mom was a loving, feisty, determined woman who kept living as full a life as she could muster right up until a few days before she passed away at home.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend whose love, caring and support blessed each of our lives in so many meaningful, intimate ways
She was a power-house at her church, Our Saviours Lutheran, on Minto Street for over 60 years where she expressed her many talents, especially with her baking and sewing.
She shared a tremendous amount of joy there with her gang of gals who all worked feverishly throughout the year in preparation for the annual fall church bazaar every November.
Mom was a seamstress extraordinaire. Her "Dancing Dans "and other puppet creations, along with her endless variety of quilts and nick-nacks were an annual source of delight, for both her and everyone who attended.
She gave a lot, and she received a lot, at the church. She had a strong faith, believed in God and was soulfully nurtured during all those years at Our Saviour's.
There was also the "Stitch and Chat" group with whom she regularly gathered. Now that was another kind of "Church" where getting together to "sew" was a code word for gal gossip, G&T's and scotch. Max's soul was immensely nurtured there with those women there as well.
She was an avid golfer out at St. Charles, regularly playing a nine hole round with the "Ladies" every Tuesday and Thursday morning up into her mid 90s, along with wonderful golf holidays down in Arizona.
"Shitty but straight" was her motto and she hit a lot of those. And she always walked the course - the golf cart was for lazy people as far as she was concerned. Oh my, she had her opinions, that's for sure.
Mom loved football - man-o-man, did she love football. She and Dad had Bomber season tickets for decades, going all the way back to the Kenny Ploen - Bud Grant era. And she was an NFL fanatic. Sundays just got better and better after morning church services. For years, she could rhyme off the names of all the top quarterbacks. She kept a list of them by her side, and if one was traded, she always knew where they went. The Vikings were always close to her heart - and she suffered, along with so many other Viking fans, the heartache over the years of sometimes being oh so close, but not close enough, to winning that Super Bowl.
Mom was also was a hard core "laker", heading off to the Rush Bay family cabin in Lake of the Woods every Friday weekend since 1964 until her final swim in the bay at age 98. She generously hosted all of our families there over the years, creating a welcoming second home for us all.
She was a "shovel in hand" kind of gal down at the lake, digging in her garden, re-threading the wiring into a new plug, and course, leading the charge against the foolish blind mice who had no idea what they were up against. Max had a fearsome vermin zealotry that could be quite intimidating, even to her family. God bless all those poor mice.
Work was always followed by play though. That was a maxim. End of a lake workday meant it was time for some pleasure. Max loved to fish, and she was an incredibly avid swimmer. Head capped and down in the water, she would regularly pull long rhythmic stokes across the bay at the end of the day.
And then, it was cocktail hour - she loved a scotch on the deck, and she was the Queen of Appetizers. As she often used to say... "it's gotta be 5 o'clock somewhere". And for years and years, cocktail hour with Max, was for her, along with so many friends and family, another kind of church - soulful, fun and full of pleasure.
At the center of Mom's incredibly busy, active life though there was always family. That is what she lived for. She loved and nurtured her family for generations.
She was a wonderful cook and baker and hosted endless, gastronomic family feasts and gatherings. Her GG cookies - those soft, chewy, ginger snaps with the hint of molasses, were a fab favourite and a source of delight for all. In the early 2000s her Winnipeg born great-grandchildren, the "Grandbebes", regularly feasted on GG cookies for breakfast while being driven to Montessori in the family inherited, GG Mobile, Max's old Oldsmobile station wagon, ... you know, the kind - no seatbelts, faux felt, deep rouge bench seats, and a tape deck playing the Beatles.
A special thank you to Cindy and all her wonderful care workers from Blossoms Seniors Care who enable Mom to live out her life at home during her last few years, with dignity and loving care. And gratitude to Dr. Bruce Martin, Erin and the Palliative care team whose support in the last few weeks of Mom's life was so essential and so very much appreciated.
We cannot thank Bonita and Rick enough for all the care, support and love that they gave to Mom. Mom was content and grateful to be able to live in her condominium until she passed away.
Due to Covid a memorial service will be deferred to next spring in Rochester, Minnesota, where Mom will be laid to her final rest with her husband Earle
Memorials will be accepted with gratitude to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, in the memory of both our mom, Maxine and our dad Earle, Mom's sweetheart forever.
We will all miss Mom, Gram, GG, Max more than words can ever say. She was a beautiful spirit who will live on in all our hearts forever.

Raise a toast and enjoy the other side Mom.
You are now at peace with Dad.
We love you.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021

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