Long time Alaska resident, Marie Maxine Evern passed away at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau early Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the age of 78 surrounded by family members. The family extends its deepest thanks to the loving care provided by Dr. Bob Urata as well as Dr. Joe Roth, Dr. Susan Hunter-Joerns, and the many wonderful nurses and aides that cared for Maxine in her final days.
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Maxine or "Max", as she was known throughout her life, was born to Solomon Martin and Vera Ellen Brososky in Antwerp, Ohio on April 9, 1933. Her father Sol traveled to the territory of Alaska to seek a better life for his family in 1935. After securing work at the Kennecott Copper Mine, he sent for his wife, Vera, their oldest son, Ronald, and three year old Maxine to join him. The young family traveled to Seattle by train and then to Cordova by steamship to rejoin him and begin a life of adventure and new experiences in the land they all grew to love dearly.
After two years at Kennecott, the family homesteaded and lived in a small log cabin near Homer for the next 7 years. While in Homer, her family was joined by her brothers Robert (Bob) and Richard (Butch). Gathering coal along the beach, playing along the shore and helping her father with commercial fishing in the boat that he built from local timber were along the highlights of these early years.
In 1945, Sol was employed with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and Maxine traveled with the family to remote sites in Talkeetna, Farewell, and elsewhere as he worked as a mechanic before moving with the CAA to Southeast Alaska. The family lived in Petersburg from 1948 to 1953. In 1952, her son Charles (Chuck) Blankenship was born.
In 1953, Maxine moved with her parents, her son, and two younger brothers to Juneau where she lived and worked while raising her son and her daughter, Susan Till, who was born in Juneau in 1958. Maxine worked for the Alaska Department of Public Safety until retiring in 1985. Though she lived in various communities in Washington, Idaho, and Utah during the 70's, 80's, and 90's, she always found herself drawn back to Juneau.
Maxine returned to Juneau for the final time in the spring of 2002 and spent her last years residing at the Mountain View Apartments on W. 12th St. where she made many friends. She was well known as a sweet lady who loved a good story and had a wonderful sense of humor
Maxine responded to the vagaries of life with a richness of love and generosity. Maxine was talented with her hands and loved all forms of needlework and crafts. She was active when healthy, taking flying lessons, fishing with her son and in younger years had a passion for dancing. She also had a love for photography and for many years enjoyed traveling and taking pictures of flowers, landscapes, and, of course, family.
Family, friends and children of all ages were Maxine's greatest love. She always had time to read a story, tell a tale, and share a laugh or a hug. Maxine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and remained active and devoted to the LDS Church for nearly 50 years, finding much joy and comfort in her church family throughout these years.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Sol and Vera, and her brothers, Ron, Bob, and Richard ("Butch") Brososky. She is survived by her son, Chuck Blankenship (Jan), of Juneau, her daughter, Susan Evern Till of Sandpoint, Idaho, grandchildren Jeremiah ("JB") and Verity Blankenship of Juneau, Solomon Till (Melanie) and Julie Kreutzmann (Chris) of Sandpoint, Idaho; Bonnie Peine (Jared) of Belfair, Washington and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Maxine's life will be held at 7PM at the LDS Church at 5100 GLACIER HWY on Friday, March 16, 2012. Bishop Jim Kearns, who Maxine knew and cherished since his childhood will officiate.
A celebration for family members living out of state will be held March 30, in Idaho. Maxine's ashes will be interred with her parents in their plot at Evergreen cemetery in a private family ceremony at a later date.
Donations in Maxine's memory may be made to the Relief Society of the Juneau LDS Church or to Catholic Community Services.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 15 to Mar. 23, 2012