Maxine "Maggie" Eleanor Konkle
October 17, 1924 – September 6, 2019
Konkle, Maxine “Maggie” Eleanor, 10/17/1924-9/6/2019, Rives Junction, Michigan Maxine, “Maggie” Konkle, age 94, a lifelong resident of Albion, peacefully passed away Friday, September 6th, 2019, at her son and daughter-in-law’s home in Rives Junction, Mi. Maggie was born October 17th, 1924, in Albion to Ward and Ruth (Romans) Sharp.
She attended and graduated (1942) from Washington Gardner High School in Albion. After high school she married Edwin W. Konkle who was stationed on Tinian in the Mariana Islands as a member of the Army Air Force. Maxine’s greatest passion was her family which throughout her life manifested itself in her regularly flying in her children and grandchildren for week-long family reunions either in Albion, Florida, or Nevada. Of greatest importance to her was that her children, grand, and great-grand children maintain the closeness and attachment that she so sincerely believed was essential to a secure and enduring family life.
Maxine maintained a summer home at Duck Lake for many years, enjoyed golf and was for most of her life a member of the Duck Lake Country Club. She was a participant in various bridge clubs over the years and for a time taught aerobics. Also, being very involved in her home town of Albion, she was a co-founder of the Albion Women’s Philanthropic Association which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local community projects and organizations. Travel was a big part of her life and she extensively toured the Far East, the former Soviet Union, South America and Europe. Additionally, she was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Albion for many years, converting to the Orthodox faith near the end of her life. She was very fortunate to have spent her final years in the loving care of her son, Father John Konkle, his wife Amy Konkle, and the nuns at the Holy Dormition Monastery.
Maxine is survived by her children, Mary Lou Konkle (Jackson), Christine (Alan) Sebesta (Montrose, CO),Edwin (Ava) Konkle (Fayetteville, AR), Father John (Amy) Konkle of Rives Junction, MI., daughter-in-law Vicki (Ted) Konkle (Albion), as well as grandchildren Christine Valentine (Russ), Simon Sytsma (Shar), Amanda Konkle-Dubiel (Jeff), David Konkle (Kim), Kristin Bush(Steve), Aaron Sebesta (Abby), John Sebesta (Claire), Nicholas Konkle, Talia Konkle (George), Jeremiah Konkle and Jared Konkle. She was blessed to have 15 great-grandchildren who affectionately called her GG and were a large part of her life and legacy. Maxine is also survived by three of her step-children, William K. Stoffer,(Albion), Brent Green, (Fruitport, MI) and Michelle Green-Tas (Istanbul, Turkey). Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Ruth Sharp, favorite aunt, Helen A. Sharp, her husbands, Edwin W. Konkle, William Stoffer, and former spouse James “Ed” Green, as well as her oldest and dear son, Theodore E. Konkle, step-daughter Margaret Stoffer Laws, and brother Paul “Pete” Sharp and sisters, Lucille Sharp Manino and Dorothy Sharp Van Meter.
Services will be held on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. From 9:00 to 10:00 am will be visitation, and at 10:00 there will be a memorial service and celebration of life officiated by Fathers Joshua Frigerio and John Konkle. This will be followed at 11:00 with internment at Riverside Cemetery where she will be buried alongside her beloved husband, Edwin. Finally, there is a lunch at St. John’s School, 1020 Irwin Ave, at 12 noon. Friends who may wish to make a contribution may do so to the Albion Community Foundation (P.O. Box 156, Albion, 49224) or the Holy Dormition Monastery (P.O. Box 128, Rives Junction, MI 49277). To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Interment Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Maxine "Maggie" Eleanor Konkle
September 15, 2019
As the Festival of the Forks is upon us, I have tasted some early editions of the cabbage rolls to be sold.
But, I remember my mom, Ruby Davis, announcing the arrival of Maxine’s Glumpgies ( sp). Wow! My taste buds went wild. I couldn’t wait for the first sampling’s. She only made them once a year, but would make many aluminum pans of them. I would kill for the recipe.
Maxine would call for seemingly no reasons and say “how are you, Kent”.
September 8, 2019
So sorry for your family. My grandmother (Esther Connelly) worked for Maxine as well as Helen Sharp and most of the family cleaning their homes. When I was small I used to go with her sometimes in the summer, so know the family.
September 8, 2019
Maxine leaves many legacies, including the Albion Area Philanthropic Women, which meets four times a year to choose a recipient of our collective donations. An interesting idea (with Cathy Campbell) that has really caught on and has benefited diverse parts of the Albion community. Thanks, Maxine.
September 7, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your Mom. I have always thought Maxine was a “classy lady.” Always beautiful, dignified and warm and friendly. [To refresh your memories, I’m the daughter of Theresa (Paskett) Roman, Grandma Konkle’s baby sister.]