Maxine was born on March 31, 1922, in Marquette, Michigan, she was the dear daughter of the late Max A. and Winogene (Osborn) Mills. Maxine was raised and educated in Michigan and part of a large extended family in the Mid West.
Maxine married Gilbert Masse in 1945, together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2004. Maxine and Gil moved to Wilmington in 1951, where they raised their two sons, Maxine quickly became involved in the Community.
Maxine was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church where she cooked for the church suppers, volunteered for many fund raisers over the years, and was very involved in the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization).
Maxine was also a active in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, she was a den mother, and a member of the Boosters Club at Wilmington High School. Maxine could often be found in the “Snack Shack” at the Wilmington High School Football Field where she volunteered her time on countless Saturday’s during football season.
Maxine loved children, and her community, she was active in the Wilmington Senior Center, she looked forward to the Fourth of July Celebrations on the town common every year, she enjoyed volunteering throughout many community events especially if they involved helping the Children, she was extremely generous with her time.
Maxine will be fondly remembered as an avid gardener always sharing her flowers and vegetables, a talented seamstress, and for her love of the outdoors, she just loved being out and about with family and friends.
Maxine’s greatest joy was her family, her unwavering devotion and unconditional love for them was always evident. Maxine loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was extremely proud of all of her families accomplishments, she enjoyed their many celebrations, and relished the time spent with them. She was quite a lady and will be greatly missed by all.
Maxine was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert J. Masse, devoted mother of Dr. Michael Masse and his wife Pam of Lynnfield, Joseph Masse and his wife Mary of Wilmington, loving “Gram” of Jonathan Masse, Melissa Rosenblatt, Michelle Masse, Corey Masse, and Benjamin Masse, “Great-Gram” of Graziella, Jake, Mason, Jack, Dean, and Sean, daughter of the late Max and Winogene (Osborn) Mills, dear sister of Donna Ebner of Michigan, Pauline Sawatske of Wisconsin, and the late Virginia, Gertrude, Nina, Max Jr. “Buddy”, and Dorothy. Maxine is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, October 27th for Visitation from 10-11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.