Lifelong Santa Rosan, Maxine Karlsen, born September 16, 1928, passed away on November 3, 2012, after a brief hospitalization. She is survived by her husband, Bjorn Karlsen, with whom she enjoyed many activities at Oakmont and Varenna, including dinners with friends, bocce ball and the guest speakers' seminars. Maxine will be deeply missed by her daughters, Karen Freitas and Kathy (Brien) Farrell. Karen and Kathy are daughters of Maxine and Corky Freitas, Maxine's first husband, who passed away in 1993. Maxine was loved by her three grandchildren, Moira (Jac), Joe (Natalie) and Bart (Maite). In March, Maxine became a great-grandmother to Jaimie Lynn, who always brought a smile to her face. Maxine was also much loved and admired by her husband's family. Maxine's father, William F. Bohn, was a local building contractor, who built homes on Crawford Court, Julliard Park Drive and in the Talbot Avenue area. Her mother, Mabel E. Bohn (Gregson) was part of the Gregson family, early California pioneers who homesteaded in Green Valley near Graton in 1850. The youngest of five children (Harriet, Stan, Ellis and Dorothy) , Maxine is survived by her oldest sister, Harriet Martini, and numerous nieces and nephews. Like her brothers and sisters, Maxine graduated from Santa Rosa High School. She loved seeing old friends at the Santa Rosa High Foundation's annual polenta dinners. She was always available to listen to her family and friends. She will be remembered for her kindness and selflessness. She relished her role as grandmother and was often sought out as a surrogate grandmother for St. Rose school students, where her own grandchildren went to school. When her grandchildren are together in December, they plan a meal consisting of Sandy's Take and Bake pizza, fruit cocktail and chocolate pudding in memory of their beloved grandmother. For many years, she served as a volunteer for the Episcopal Tea Room at the Sonoma County Fair, St Rose School, and the
. Seven years ago she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She met the challenges it presented her with determination and courage. The family would like to express appreciation to her oncologist, Dr. Bozdech, for his dedication, extraordinary care, and guidance throughout her illness. A private memorial will be held. Memorial donations may be made to either the
, 1451 Guerneville Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or the Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476.