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 (http://maureenwartski.wordpress.com
). 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.