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Auguste Maschke Obituary
Auguste Cecilia (Steinpruckner) Maschke, 85, died peacefully at home after a long illness Wed., Jan. 15, 2014. She and her late husband Edward, an architect, designed many of the homes built in the Franklin area over the last 40 years. Gusti, as she like to be called, also served as bookkeeper to area builders and real estate companies. Later she became a developer herself and with a partner designed and constructed one of the town's loveliest subdivisions. She was born in Baden, Austria in 1928 to Christina Schleiss and Roman Steinpruckner. Her parents and a younger sister were casualties of World War II. She met and married Edward Maschke in 1947 and they immigrated to the United States 10 years later and settled in Franklin. Gusti and Ed became U.S. citizens in 1964. Edward died in 1984. She was a nature lover and cared for a wide variety of wild animals and birds, some of whom scratched at her back door if their dinner was late. She was known for her practical wisdom and wry humor. She served as a mentor and role model to her many friends, raising spirits with strong coffee and her special Gugelhupf. She leaves her beloved sister Valerie Page of Waltham with whom she shared many of life's joys and sorrows. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins in Austria as well as her friends Mary Bowker of East Sandwich, Dennis Marguerite of Franklin and Marcia Mavrides of Boston and their families. Calling hours were Sat., Jan. 18, 2 to 5 pm. at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Funeral Home, 33 Cottage Street, Franklin. Burial will be in Austria. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Franklin Fire Department Ambulance Service, c/o Gusti Masckhe, 40 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038 Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Country Gazette from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2014
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