Maureen Wartski
Maureen Crane Wartski

January 25, 1940 - January 14, 2014


Maureen Crane Wartski, 73 of Raleigh, died Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, 1400 West Millbrook Rd.

She was born Maureen Ann Crane in Ashiya, Japan. Maureen attended the University of Redlands in California and graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1962. She lived in Bangkok, Thailand and Sharon, Massachusetts before settling in Raleigh in 1996.

An author, Maureen had 56 published books, and sold her first story at the age of 14. Her titles include 14 young adult novels. Two of her Y.A. books received Bank Street College awards, and her most recent, Yuri's Brush with Magic, was a Next Generation Indie Book finalist. Other titles include regency, historical and "second chance" romances under several nom de plume, magazine articles, poetry, and short stories which appeared in Boy's Life, Highlights, and Scholastic magazines under M.A. Wartski.

Maureen was a former high school English teacher, and a talented artist in both art quilting and watercolors. She belonged to several local artists' guilds and the Carolina Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her fiber art has been shown in galleries and shows throughout the state.

Maureen loved to travel, learn new things, and meet new people. She shared tales of these adventures on her blog ( She and her husband were avid ballroom dancers. Flowers and the fruits of a summer garden flourished under her green thumb. She cherished a daily walk, especially those that included finding treasures along the beaches of Emerald Isle.

Mrs. Wartski is survived by her husband of 51 years Maximilian "Mike" Wartski of Raleigh; son Bert and daughter-in-law Lynn of Hillsborough; son Mark and daughter-in-law Sandra of Raleigh; and three grand children Benjamin, Kathryn, and Alexcina.
Published by The News & Observer on Jan. 20, 2014.
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I think of Maureen often throughout all these years. She was a kind, loving, and talented lady. It was a privilege to have been her friend.
Margaret Yaeckel
January 14, 2020
George Barantseff
January 10, 2018
Although I only saw Maureen once since we spent our highschool years together at CA., I will always remember her fondly. She was a very special person and I don't know anyone who didn't like her. Her passing will leave a big hole in this world.
helen furter
January 27, 2014
We here at Boys' Life magazine are very saddened to hear of Maureen's passing. She was always a delight to work with, and the wonderful fiction that she wrote for our publication touched many young readers' lives over the years. Maureen will be greatly missed, and we extend to you our sincere condolences.

Paula Murphey
Fiction editor
Boys' Life magazine
Paula Murphey
January 27, 2014
To Maureen

A wonderful writer and friend

So many of us will miss you deeply
Bob and Karen Rudder
January 26, 2014
My heart is sad that Maureen has passed on. She was special, accomplished and a joy to know. I offer my prayers to you, Mike, and your family and I know Maureen's spirit will live in our hearts.
Midge Yaeckel
January 24, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family. May God of all comfort keep you close to his heart and provide you with the strength to continue on. It will get a little easier each day.
January 23, 2014
Maureen was the valedictorian Class of 1957 at Canadian Academy (CA), Kobe, Japan. Prior to attending CA she studied at Ecole St. Marie, also at Kobe. She was very intelligent and a prolific author - even from High School days. She loved dancing and would always be seen as part of a group of friends (of which I was one) at the CA dances. I saw her only twice in the USA prior to her return to Japan, but remember her well. The world is now a little emptier due to her absence.
George Barantseff
January 23, 2014
Dear Mike and the Wartski Family,
Not a day goes by that I don't think of Maureen.
She changed my life and continues to do so through her work, her art, and her example.
I am blessed to have known her and will miss her deeply.
We are thinking of the Wartski family and hold you in our hearts.
Amy, Joe and Nick
Amy Spaulding
January 22, 2014
Your beautiful art and writing worked to bring us together and make us better people. Thank you, Maureen. You are sorely missed.
Mary Lash
January 22, 2014
Our childhood in Japan after WWII was one for the history books. We saw our city, Kobe, rise from the ashes and thrive. Our school, Canadian Academy, had students from 26 countries! Maureen was special. I loved it when she would walk around and suddenly soliloquize Shakespeare!
Natalie (Morozoff) Tar
January 21, 2014
Maureen's art and writing touched many in the SCBWI region. I know you will miss her greatly.
Carol Baldwin
January 21, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with your during this difficult time.

BSheppard - Atlanta, GA 30076
January 20, 2014
Mark and Family,

Very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories from my youth about your mom. Remember them like they were yesterday. She was a very special lady.
Gary Levine
January 20, 2014
Maurine's writing and art sparkled with her loving spirit. I am glad to have met her, and will miss reading her blog.
Annie Runyon
January 20, 2014
The world was a better place for having Maureen's presence, and it is now bereft. Her bright smile, her interest in other people, her artistic talent, all added something special to the lives of everyone who knew her. I shall miss her. Mike, my heart goes out to you and your children in this time of sadness. Know that many, many people will keep you in their thoughts and prayers. Alice Johansen
January 19, 2014
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