Maxine G. Henninger

Obituary

Maxine Georgia Henninger passed away peacefully at the age of 90 to her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2021. She was a dedicated wife to her late husband, John Henninger, and loving mother to her five children, Jeffrey John, Cynthia Rose, Timothy Jay, Shari Kay and Mark David. She was also a proud grandmother to her eight grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Maxine was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and moved with her growing family to sunny California in 1962. She would say she only missed the snow on Christmas Day!  Maxine’s greatest joy was her family, for whom she enjoyed preparing homemade meals and delicious desserts. Her angel food cake was a family favorite, especially requested on birthdays.

Maxine began her career in Nebraska as a Switchboard Operator at Bell Telephone Company. In 1996, she retired from the California Department of Education after working 27 years as a Secretary for two Division Directors. Her many years serving as a volunteer at the Garden Restaurant, benefiting the Sacramento Children’s Home, was indicative of her kindness and generosity.

For socializing and recreation, Maxine enjoyed the three “B’s”, bowling, bridge and bunko. At the age of 65, Maxine bowled a high handicap game of 254 on the Twilighters team at Country Club Lanes. She also taught several of her grandchildren how to bowl. Maxine was a Blue Star Mother of America for supporting her youngest son during his service overseas. Maxine was a devout Christian and served as a deacon of the Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church of Citrus Heights. The lyrics to her favorite hymn “Blessed Assurance” best describes Maxine’s story, one of unwavering faith. Maxine will always be remembered for both her kindness and for her beautiful smile.

A private service will be held for family.

Guestbook

  • Eileen says:

    I only met her twice But always enjoyed the stories Shari would tell me when she was growing up She will be missed but never forgotten. May she be at peace free to meet up with family members once again

  • Mark T. says:

    We are all going to miss Grandma Henninger, she was a wonderful lady.

  • Andrea Noah says:

    Remembrance:
    Maxine Henninger
    5/28/2021

    Cyndee and I were celebrating her birthday in late March. She shared with me that she and Jeff were having conversations about transitioning Maxine into Hospice care because she was experiencing en-of -life symptoms. My mother passed away almost 5 years ago so I told Cyndee that Hospice was appropriate with Maxine’s symptoms. I just didn’t think that when we had that conversation that Maxine would be gone from this life on earth in 6 short weeks.

    Unfortunately it has been many, many years since I’ve had an opportunity to be around Cyndee’s mother. Sadly my recollections have faded over the last 30 yrs. In the early 1980’s Cyndee, Maxine and I worked for the Dept of Education in the Downtown Plaza, now known as the Downtown Commons or DOCO, so I’m sure that is where Cyndee must have first introduced me to her mother.

    The thing that stands out the most for me is Maxine’s humble, quiet, and gentle nature, but her standout characteristic was her lovely laughter.

    Two more remembrances initially came from stories that Cyndee shared with me about her mother . . .

    Cyndee told me that Maxine enjoyed attending travel seminars on her days off from work. I’m sure her joy of this activity inspired her children’s travel.

    Cyndee told me that motherhood was Maxine’s greatest fondness. Maxine’s ode to that love was collecting animal figurines of mother’s and their babies. Maxine’s children were always at the forefront of her heart. Those genuine examples of love I know had to cycle back to her children by letting them quietly know that she loved them.

    In 1993 Cyndee, Maxine, Shari and I were having brunch at the Town and Country Village and Cyndee announced that she was pregnant with Matthew. Maxine’s response was one of pure joy. As a mother and grandmother her response was so sweet and so full of love. It was a very touching moment.

    ♥️🌹🙏 Andrea Noah

  • So sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing .. we all loved her as children — she will be missed!

  • Karen Nicolaou says:

    Maxine was a very warm and friendly person and I’m glad I was able to meet her. My friend Cynthia was a wonderful daughter as well, we should all be so lucky to have such nice children to care for us as we age. I witnessed so much love between Cyndee and her Mother it would warm your heart. Peace and love to Maxine’s wonderful children who loved and cared for their mother.

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