RENO, Nev. — Maxine Bartek Taelour was a stylish woman with a kind heart, a generous soul and a quick smile.

She loved her family, her friends, the S.F. Giants and Wolf Pack sports.

She was a wonderful wife, mother and nana, an outstanding teacher and a lifelong supporter of the arts.

Maxine Taelour suddenly and unexpectedly became ill on Sept. 30. She was called to be with her Lord Saturday, Oct. 1. She was 81. Maxine will be greatly missed.

She will be remembered for her more-than-35-year career teaching at Hunter Lake, Brown and Veteran’s Memorial elementary schools, and as a longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Maxine was born March 11, 1935, in Hancock County to Julius and Lilly (Marek) Bartek. She grew up one of nine children and began her teaching career in Sheffield before moving to Reno, Nevada. She moved to Manhattan Beach, California, taught one year and returned to Reno.

In 1970, she married Robert Taelour and became stepmother to Tom and Theresa. She loved them with all her heart and supported all their endeavors. She was a constant presence at youth baseball games, dance recitals, plays, concerts, gymnastics meets, girls softball games, skiing, graduations, birthday parties and more. When grandchildren arrived, Maxine gave them the same love, care and support.

She and Robert were married for almost 47 years until his death in March 2007.

After retirement, Maxine was active with various groups including the A Wings, Parrot Sisters, Cronies, Coffee Klatch and Book Club. She enjoyed entertaining and was an elegant host.

She was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Lilly Bartek; sisters Elsie Klipping, Lilly Kadlecik, Helen Black, Marian Conaway, Emma VanDusseldorp; and brother Ray Bartek.

She is survived by Tom (Jenny) of Reno, Nevada, Theresa Taelour Hayes (Jeff Burchick) of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren Kathryn Hayes of Orlando, Florida, and Scott Hayes of North Bend, Oregon, Kelsey Taelour of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sarah (David) Anderson of Portland, Oregon; great-granddaughter Kaia Anderson; sisters Ruth Whalen of Britt and Millie Black of Manly; and brother-in-law Art Conaway of Park Rapids, Minnesota. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as too many dear friends to mention.

A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Dr., Reno, Nevada.

In addition, there will be a Celebration of Life for Maxine at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at First Lutheran Church, 70 Fifth Ave. N.W., Britt.

Maxine loved education and served on the scholarship committee for the Nevada Retired School Employee Association’s Scholarship Fund.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that in memory of Maxine, you make a donation to the NRSEA Scholarship Fund by making checks payable to: NRSEA Scholarship Fund. Mail to: Mary Anna Shafer, scholarship chair, 3245 Zaragoza Drive, Sparks, NV 89436.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the medical staff of Renown Hospital for their outstanding compassion, care and responsiveness of our mom and Nana.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno, Nevada.

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