Maxine M. Bente, 69

Maxine 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 Vocational School.

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 dear friends.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Kenneth, in infancy and one daughter, Kimberly Bente. Also two brothers, William and Ronnie Skenandore.

In keeping with her wishes, private family funeral services have been held.

Schroeder-Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano is in charge of the service arrangements for Maxine.

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