OBITUARY

Maxine Marie Spataro

March 26, 1938September 7, 2020
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Maxine Latraille Spataro, 82, walked on Monday, September 7, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan surrounded by her loving family. Maxine was born Saturday, March 26, 1938 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Louis Napolean LaTraille (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) and Inga Marie King (Oneida Nation).

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband George Frank Spataro. She is survived by her children Linda, George, and Sam Spataro; and Destiny Vinci. She is survived by her seven grandchildren Melodi Gimm-Serna, John Gimm, Rachel Gimm, Robert Vawter Jr., George Spataro Jr., Myalynn Spataro, and Sofia Coleman. She is survived by 14 great-grandchildren.

Maxine loved and cherished every moment with her grandchildren. Family was a pillar of her life. Maxine spent many years as an advocate for Native families in the Chicago Community. Maxine served her community by volunteering as a Board Member at the American Indian Center of Chicago. There she also served as Interim Executive Director, Social Service Director, and community volunteer for decades. Maxine will be remembered for her selflessness and advocacy for every Native family in Chicago.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL. Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL. Inurnment & Committal Service will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Parkside, 5800 North Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL. In consideration of the safety of all our guests and associates, Drake and Son Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allows 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Inurnment & Committal Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

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Patty Sue CONLEY

September 17, 2020

Thanks for some of the best childhood memories beautiful lady! I'll never forget playing on Leland and seeing you everyday and how we shared a love for German Shepherds. You were such a big part of my childhood and so very encouraging when I finished nursing school. You use to bandage my knees whenever I fell roller skating until I learned. Those metal skates were dangerous :) . You always offered the kids snacks as well. You were a "Go to MOM." They say it takes a whole village to raise a kid well you did more than your share. You were one of the moms on duty for us kids and a safe haven if something was going on. You never repeated confidences. Max you had style, grace, and an elegance about you!!! My favorite times were when I went on vacation to Green Bay with you or just sitting on your porch talking. Rest easy with George. You are loved and missed by many. Heaven gains another angel. My family's condolences, love, and prayers go out to each and everyone of you! Love Patty Sue!!!

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Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL. Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Benedict Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL. Inurnment & Committal Service will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Parkside, 5800 North Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL. In consideration of the safety of all our guests and associates, Drake and Son Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allows 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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