Maxine M. Bente, 69
M. Bente, 69, of the town of Wescott, Shawano County, passed away
peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, Sept. 13,
2013 at the Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah.
Maxine was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Green Bay, a daughter of the late
Lester and Rose (Cooper) Skenandore.
Maxine attended the West De Pere High School and later the Milwaukee
On Nov. 13, 1962, she was united in marriage to Ken Bente in Waukegan,
Ill. Following their marriage the couple lived in Milwaukee until 1974.
Maxine along with her family then moved to West Bend. While living in
West Bend, Maxine was employed at the West Bend YMCA, a job she truly
loved. The couple relocated to the town of Wescott in 2000.
Maxine spent most of her time as wife, mother and homemaker, staying
home to care for her family.
Maxine was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and
also was an avid painter. She had a great eye for interior decorating as
well. Maxine an excellent story teller and had a great sense of humor.
She was a warmhearted and caring person who will be missed by all who
knew her. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ken Bente of the
town of Wescott, her three children, Stephanie (Joseph) Prescott of
Pinellas Park, Fla., Laurie (Tim) Arndt of Huntersville, N.C. and Thomas
Bente (special friend Tammy Freund) of Fond du Lac; nine grandchildren;
and one great-grandson. She is also survived by three brothers, Reggie
Skenandore, Kenny Skenandore and Roger (Donna) Skenandore; and nine
sisters, Dorothy Gruetzmacher, Gerry Weller, Pat (Jack) Whitson, Mary
(Bob) Gaetz, Judy Skenandore, Janice Prohazka, Jacqui (Donn) Pozan, Suzy
(Dave) Martinson and Kathy Skenandore; and a very special nephew, Steve
(Kathy) Bransted. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Kenneth, in infancy
and one daughter, Kimberly Bente. Also two brothers, William and Ronnie
In keeping with her wishes, private family funeral services have been
Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is in charge of the
service arrangements for Maxine.
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