MAXINE WILLNER
1946 - 2020
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Maxine Willner  1946-2020  
Maxine Willner died on August 6, 2020 at home in Leland, NC. Maxine was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she lived with her parents and twin sister. She graduated from Brooklyn College in 1967 with a degree in education. She moved to Maryland with her husband and lived with her family in Gaithersburg, MD for over 30 years. Maxine was a favorite substitute teacher at Brown Station Elementary School in Montgomery County and was also a dedicated school volunteer. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She moved to Leland, NC in 2004 where she formed many great friendships and was very involved in her community. Maxine is predeceased by Stan, her husband of 50 years and is survived by her children; Bill and Lara Willner of Frisco, TX, and Amy and Tony Halstead of Annandale, VA; her grandchildren, Isabel, Nick, Matthew, and Chris; her sister, Phyllis Leshin of Manassas, VA; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Carole Willner of Sarasota, FL, and many other family members and friends. She was a loving wife, a wonderful Mom and Grammy, and a generous friend who never forgot anyone's birthday. She was involved in political campaigns and interested in social justice issues. She rooted for the Baltimore Orioles and loved music from the 1950s and 1960s as well as musical theater. She could often be found in an aerobics class or bunco game or having lunch at Panera with friends. She loved playing trivia with her team of friends, the Turtles. She will be deeply missed by the countless people whose lives she touched. No service is scheduled. Maxine enjoyed her life in North Carolina, especially taking joy in various community activities and events. Please consider making a donation in her memory to the hospice agency Lower Cape Fear Life Care, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or https://lifecare.org/ or to one of her favorite places to visit, Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 or https://airliegardens.org/make-a-donation/

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2020.
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Jobi Westhoven
August 13, 2020
I met Maxine when I was 17 and started dating her son Billy. I was lucky to join the family in 1991. She was a wonderful mother-in-law and Grammy and we shared so many happy times together as the family grew. I will always be grateful for being part of the Willner family and all the wonderful times we had together.
Lara Willner
Family
August 13, 2020
My condolences to the family. Maxine was always so kind and helpful, we attended exercise classes together for over 10yrs. Stan was equally kind and helpful. She's with her husband now. May God bless the family with peace and love and may they both rest in peace.

Cynthia Carter
Neighbor
August 12, 2020
We were very close friends in high school, college and beyond. She and Stan were two of the kindest, sweetest people. They continued sending birthday and holiday cards all these years. Happy they had a wonderful life, but too, too short. I was very proud of their accomplishments. --Madeline A.
Madeline Artenberg
Friend
August 12, 2020
Maxine will be missed by the many ladies that played Bunco with her. We will miss her! Condolences to the family. Rachel Lane-Behroozfard
Rachel Lane -Behroozfard
Friend
August 12, 2020
I loved Maxine when I taught at Brown Station. She was a sweet, kind and thoughtful friend.
My prayers and thoughts to the family and friends. She surely will be missed
Fondly
TIsh Mikan
TIsh Mikan
Coworker
August 12, 2020
Maxine was a kind, sweet woman. She and her husband Stan, were frequent customers at Panera in Wilmington, NC.. Maxine always had a smile on her face, and was a joy to see her walk through the door. She loved her family, especially her grandkids, as she shared many photos of them with me. I know she fought the good fight and will be missed to all of us at Panera Mayfaire. She is now with her beloved husband, Stan. My love goes out to her family at this time.
Laurie Stone
Friend
August 12, 2020
I will always cherish our wonderful family memories.
Love, Phyllis
Phyllis Leshin
Sister
August 12, 2020
Although I didn't know Maxine well it was very obvious to see that she was a warm and loving person.
Rest in Peace Maxine.
Fran Klein
Acquaintance
August 12, 2020
Maxine was a wonderful, giving person. Magnolia Greens was lucky to have her and Stan as neighbors.
Billie & Rich Coyle
Neighbor
August 12, 2020
With thoughts and prayers for all who loved Maxine, such a kind and gentle woman.
Mary-Lou Cook
Acquaintance
August 12, 2020
So deeply saddened to loose a friend and fellow Marylander. Was fortunate to have visited Maxine a month ago and have a very meaningful talk about life, our years here in MG and her courage in fighting this battle. She will be deeply missed.
Donna Seckel
Friend
August 11, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person Maxine She will be missed by all. RIP my friend.
Roseann Neu
Friend
August 11, 2020
Loved Maxine and Stan, they were my cheerleaders at Magnolia Greens! So sad, we had many great years of fun at the fitness center staying fit! Love to your families, know this is really hard!
Mary Wooten
Friend
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