Maxine Lois (Johnson) Savland (1931 - 2014)

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Maxine Lois Savland died at home in Hoonah surrounded by family and friends on August 24, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.

Maxine was born to Melvin and Ethel Johnson in Grand Forks, North Dakota on March 19, 1931. She graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1948. In January of 1948 after the early death of her father, Maxine and her siblings and mother moved in with her grandparents, Daisy and Jake Weise. Later that year all of them moved out to Seattle.

Maxine went to Business College in Seattle and worked as a Secretary for the Sweden Freezer Company. In 1951 she moved to Alaska, first working in Juneau and then moving to Elmendorf Air Force Base where she worked for the law department. She also worked for a time in Seward at a TB sanatorium. Maxine married John McNamara in 1955 and in 1956 moved to Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter Kathy. In 1957, the family moved back to Seattle where their second child Patrick was born in 1958. They stayed in Seattle for two years and then moved to Hoonah, Alaska where Johnnie had secured a job on the DEW-Line.

Maxine and Johnnie divorced in 1961. In 1962 Maxine married Joar Savland and they made their family home in Hoonah. Maxine and Joar had two children; Stanley, born in 1964 and Andy in 1969. Maxine worked 22 years as a Magistrate in Hoonah while Joar fished, trapped and hunted. Maxine served several terms on the Hoonah School Board and was instrumental in developing and shaping the quality education programs and facilities that serve the children of Hoonah. They built several homes together and enjoyed their life raising their family in Hoonah.

After their retirements, Maxine and Joar purchased a second home in Apache Junction where they enjoyed the warm weather and fresh fruit from the trees in their yard. Maxine also began cruising and discovered her passion for seeing the world. She loved cruising with friends and family and they saw a great deal of the world. Maxine was an avid reader and devoured books on all topics.

Maxine is remembered by her many cousins (42 first cousins!) as being an organizer of fun: be it carnivals, trips to the city pool, or get-togethers where good times were had. Maxine saw opportunity around every corner and considered anything possible. She had an indomitable spirit that always looked forward. With a toughness and resilience that are rare in our day, Maxine personified what it means to be Alaskan. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Ethel Johnson, sister Carol (Johnson) Oliphant, daughter Kathy, and husband Joar. She is survived by sons Patrick Savland, Stanley Savland, Andy Savland, Grandchildren Jason Savland, Katelyn Savland, Joardan Savland, Sven Savland, Jonathan Savland and Jora Lynn Savland and sister Marlys (Johnson) Gerber and brother Ron Johnson as well as nieces and nephews.

Thank you to Dr Dunn with Valley Medical and Dr Weiden with Bartlett Surgery and Specialty Clinic. A special thank you to Jeff Chelmo and Cal Curt with the Hoonah Medical Center and Jenny Chelmo with Dr. Weiden's office for their support and tremendous compassion.

Services will be held at the Hoonah High School on September 27, 2014 at 1:00.
Cards can be mailed to the family at POST Box 621 Hoonah, AK 99829.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 21, 2014