Maxine was an administrator of Anchor Lodge Nursing Home for 14 years, retiring in 1984, prior to that she worked at St. Joseph Hospital as a practical nurse. She had been a life member of the former St. Joseph Church, and currently is a parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel. Maxine was a breast cancer survivor since 1990, and survived an aneurysm in 2004. She belonged to AARP, enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, and her ching-ching (gambling) trips.
She is survived by children, Wayne J. Dittmer of Lorain, Lynne (James) Christner of Lorain, and Elden R. Dittmer of Sullivan; grandchildren, Conner, Crystal, Eleea, and Destini Dittmer, and Jason, Corey, and Timothy Christner; along with seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanne (Wally) Riegel of Lorain; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Dittmer of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Wayne R. in 1995; granddaughter, Victoria Christner in 1978; a brother, George R. Smith in 1984; a sister, Evelyn Goohs in 2013; and her parents, Grover and Emilie Smith.
Friends may call Tuesday January 28, 2014 from 4 P.M. till 8 P.M. in Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home, 2920 Broadway Lorain. Funeral service will be Wednesday January 29, 2014 beginning with closing prayers at 8:45 A.M. in the funeral home, followed by 9:30 A.M. Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain. Rev. William Thaden will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.