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Mae C. Landauer
1937 - 2014
With her instant smile, infectious laugh, and always a kind word, Mae was adored by everyone who knew her.
Margaret Mae Chetlain Landauer was born February 3, 1937 in Glencoe, Illinois. Mae moved to Rolling Hills Estates in 1972 but remained deeply connected to her roots on the North Shore of Chicago and was proud of her family history. French Huguenots from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the Chatelaines immigrated to the United States and Anglicized their name to Chetlain. Her great-grandfather Augustus Louis Chetlain was one of seven Civil War generals from Galena, Illinois. Mae grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, went to New Trier High School in Glencoe, then on to the University of Kansas. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma and met her future husband, Don Landauer at KU. The two of them were loyal Jayhawks supporters throughout their lives.
After graduation from KU, Mae lived in New York City and worked as the secretary to the president of Screen Gems. Don continued to court her from California, and they wed in 1961. Tracy and Patrice were born in Philadelphia, living in Rittenhouse Square and later in a converted colonial-era barn in Gladwyne prior to moving to Upland, California, where Kyle was born. After moving to Redlands, Mae joined the PTA, acted in local theater, and played tennis.
In 1972, the family moved to Rolling Hills Estates, where Mae became a fun-loving fixture at neighborhood parties, soccer games, and eventually beloved by all as the principal's secretary at Miraleste High School. Mae loved all animals, especially her dogs, was an avid bird watcher, and treasured the horses in her backyard and on the racetrack.
In her retirement, Mae and Don traveled all over the world, she performed in community theater, took care of her father, volunteered for hospice and various organizations, helped others in recovery, sang in the church choir, and cherished her time with family and friends. Mae was a spiritual person who connected with many people, in particular her family and grandchildren. In each phase of her life, Mae made lifelong friends.
Mae passed away at home on June 9, 2014, with her children by her side. Until the end, she allowed no negative talk and surely decided that when she could no longer laugh, it was her time.
Mae is survived by her daughter, Tracy of Boise, Idaho; her daughter, Patrice Achterberg with husband, Michael and their children, Dean and Chatelaine (Chet) of Rolling Hills Estates; her son, Kyle of Los Angeles; and her eldest brother, Kent of Bradenton, Florida. Mae will be laid to rest next to her husband and among 200 years of Chetlains at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. The cemetery is near Chetlain Lane and the old Chetlain homestead, which is preserved as a historical location. Fitting for a woman who so cherished her family history.
A Memorial Service will be held at Neighborhood Church on Saturday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at the Achterberg home.
Mae's family is very grateful for the loving care provided by her caregivers (Shy, Nerie, and Cris), the hospice program, and the steadfast love and support of their close friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mae's name to Providence TrinityCare Hospice or the
The world is a little quieter today. We will miss her easygoing spirit, booming voice, characteristic class, overwhelming positivity, and of course that laugh. Please sign the guest book at
Published in Daily Breeze from June 19 to June 21, 2014
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