Genevieve was a schoolteacher and Earl was a general handyman who worked in sawmills, mines, drilled wells, and briefly owned two small farms, one in North Dakota and one in Rochester, Washington. Growing up in Depression-era Spokane, Maxine developed a work ethic that she maintained throughout her life. With the outbreak of World War II, she got a job at the Boeing Aircraft factory in Renton, aged 18, in 1943.
Her job title was “expediter,” she said. At the Renton factory, she met Bud Sternberg. He was at the time a loft maker at Boeing’s Renton factory, developing shapes for aircraft parts on the floor of the mold loft and creating the models needed for shop workers to make the necessary parts. After a long courtship, Bud and Maxine were married in 1947. Maxine was an energetic young woman and loved to be busy and active. She was a cheerful wife and mother and often worked part-time.
Over time, she became more ambitious, regretted not completing her education in Spokane, enrolled in Sammamish High School, and graduated from high school at the age of 41. Not satisfied with this, she enrolled at Shoreline Community College and graduated with a degree in arts and sciences. , then to Shoreline Nursing School and became a registered nurse in 1969, and soon got a job with King County Medical. With continued education, she became a nurse practitioner, licensed until age 79.
Eventually retiring, she and Bud sailed the San Juan Islands and Canadian waters in their sloop yacht SERAPHIM. Maxine has always been cheerful and generous, a family person to the end. She is dearly missed by her two sons Keith and Peter. She was predeceased by her husband Bud in 2015 at the age of 103.
Published by Anacortes American from March 23 to March 24, 2022.