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Maxine J. Szafranski

September 4, 1930 — October 16, 2022

Maxine Joyce Szafranski, 92, of Barton City, passed peacefully away to her heavenly home the morning of Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Lincoln Haven Nursing Home. Born September 4, 1930 to Robert Maxwell and Clara Mae (Richardson) Hall in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, Maxine was raised in Windsor where she met her future husband. On January 10, 1948, she married Richard (Dick) Szafranski in Windsor. Immediately following they made their home in Hamtramck where she birthed their four children Diane, Judy, Richard and Mark. She put herself through nursing school while raising a family and was eventually pinned as a Licensed Practical Nurse. For years, she was an ENT LPN at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She enjoyed attending masses at the beautiful Catholic cathedrals in Detroit. She also had a love of music and dance and would often attend local Detroit venues for live performances. Eventually the family moved a little north to Berkley where they lived for several years before moving to Clawson. It was during this time Maxine and Dick purchased a vacation home in Barton City. In 1976, after 28 years of raising their children in the city, they made a final move to Barton City where they enjoyed the rest of their lives. She worked at Lincoln Haven Nursing Home and as a private nurse and caregiver for 12 years. Maxine was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Harrisville and before that an active member of St. Francis of Assisi in Glennie. There she became a member of the Third Order of Franciscans. She was always an avid reader. During her earlier years, she enjoyed bowling leagues and pinochle clubs. She had a passion for gardening and flowers. She was a huge football fan and Sunday afternoons after church were spent watching the games with family. She was known for cooking gourmet recipes she found in cook books and magazines. She was always introducing family to new flavors. And family and friends always looked forward to holidays and special occasions. Maxine is survived by two daughters and one son: Diane Hudock of Barton City, Judy Pfoutz of Oscoda, and Richard M. (Denise) Szafranski of Missouri; seven grandchildren, Michael Hudock, Ann Gonzales, Tina Papin, Jacqueline (Brian) Awiszus, Jonathan (Ivy) Pfoutz, and John David Spieth; 14 great–grandchildren, Amberlyn Hudock, Tiffany (Brian) Orban, Jessica (Josh) Hudock, Marcos Gonzales, Christina Gonzales, Marcus Papin, Nicolas Papin, Matina (Jake) Phillips, Gracelyn Papin, Jamie Jo Awiszus, McKenna Seminoff, Sawyer Seminoff, and Tristen Spieth; 10 great–great–grandchildren, Jezrae Sharp, Trista Orban, Tabianna Orban, Trinitay Orban, Tavian Orban, Terry Wood, Lyla Molter, Carson Papin, Asher Phillips, and Charlie Ulch; one sister, Patricia Stevenson, one brother Alan (Annmarie) Hall, as well as multiple beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 2004; her son Mark Szafranski in 1978; two brothers, Robert and Donald Hall, and several special in-laws. Private funeral services have been held at St. Anne Catholic Church in Harrisville with her great-great grandchildren offering the gifts. Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Barton City beside her husband and son. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Michigan or to Paralyzed Vets of America. Arrangements were made though Gillies Funeral Home, Lincoln. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Maxine J. Szafranski, please visit our flower store.


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