Clara “Maxine” Bolitho, 98, who resided with her daughter in Dellroy, formerly of Uhrichsville and Port Charlotte Village, FL, died peacefully Thursday evening, June 14, 2018, in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia.
Born Dec. 30, 1919, in Uhrichsville, she was the daughter of the late Emerson Floyd and Etta Marie Patterson Trushel. Her husband, Charles Thomas “Chuck” Bolitho, Sr., died May 14, 1984, just months prior to their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons R. Bruce Flanagan, Jr. and Eric Schneider; a great-grandson, Rodney Alan Mizer; and a son-in-law, Bill Miller.
Maxine graduated from the former Uhrichsville High School in 1936, and over the years maintained a close relationship with her fellow class members. Throughout the years, she was employed in retail, interior design and was a cup and china painter at the Scio Pottery. She and her husband Chuck bought and resold a number of homes through the years (long before the process was referred to as “flipping homes”). She was a talented seamstress who created a number of wedding gowns and prom dresses for family members. Maxine was said by many to be a “tough cookie” … having a set of twins, she gave birth to her first four children within a 37-month time frame. She attended Dellroy Church of the Nazarene and was known as an avid reader. She happily indulged in a good rare steak and spaghetti, candy and ice cream without apology. She enjoyed playing Chickenfoot (a dominoes game), but her true passion was playing Bingo. If there were awards for bingo players, it would go to Maxine,
She is survived by her six children, Mrs. Bonnie (Harold “Hap”) Schneider of Apple Valley, OH, Brenda Bolitho of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Floyd (Janie) Bolitho of Hervey Bay, Australia, Charles T. “Chic” (Cheryl) Bolitho, Jr. of Uhrichsville, Mrs. Faye (Robert, Sr.) Flanagan of Dellroy, and Jack (Connie) Bolitho of Dennison; her faithful canine companion, her Beloved Maltese “Beanie”; 10 grandchildren, Keith Schneider of Apple Valley, David (Tina) Schneider of Lima, L. Miller, Mrs. Lori (Rich) Wright of Lake Havasu, AZ, Mrs. Holly (Troy) Merrick of Parma, Mrs. Shanon (Vince) Terakedis of Uhrichsville, Brian (Marcy) Flanagan of Magnolia, Chad (Melissa) Flanagan of Highland, MI, Nic (Jenny) Bolitho of Powell, and Zac (Kayla) Bolitho of Raleigh, NC; a granddaughter-in-law, Melissa Schneider of Quincy, OH; 24 great-grandchildren, Quinn Schneider, Charlie Schneider, Ian Schneider, Mikenna Schneider, Jaren Schneider, Tegan Schneider, Griffin Schneider, EmmaLee Schneider, Kohen Schneider, Anthony Wright, Tyler Wright, Cade Merrick, Emma Merrick, Arianna Terakedis, Tully Flanagan, Tiffany (Kurtis) Stanley, Rownin Flanagan, Tavin Flanagan, Annie Bever, Chad Sommer, Zoe Bolitho, Scarlett Bolitho, Sutton Bolitho and Hazel Bolitho; her special helper, Janet Lemons of Dellroy; special friends, Gene and Peg Kutcher and Betty and Butch Scott; and her Bingo buddy, Barb Newell.
A Memorial Service will be conducted June 22 at 1 p.m. in Dellroy Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Damon Spurgeon and Mr. Bill Newell officiating. Friends are invited to attend an informal gathering for a meal, fellowship, and remembrance in the church social hall prior to the service Friday from 11:30 a.m. until time of services. Interment of her ashes will take place in Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia. Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville is handling arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or Dellroy Church of the Nazarene (Steward Committee), 7 Liberty St., P.O. Box #102, Dellroy, OH 44620. To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.