Joseph William Maxner, age 75, passed away April 9, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was born March 14, 1936, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Joseph and Alma Maxner. He was married to Jo Ann Cavanaugh on July 1, 1961 in Clinton, Illinois.
He attended Concordia College, Springfield, Illinois, graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and received teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He received his M.A. degree in guidance and counseling from Colorado State University. His teaching career began in Wilmot, Wisconsin. The family moved to Colorado in 1974 where he was a guidance counselor at the Longmont Career Development Center. After retirement, he had a home-based bicycle business and worked part time at several local businesses.
He was known as a person of many interests and would rarely be seen without a book in hand. His family will remember a lifetime of fun hikes and outdoor event, including climbing Mt. Audubon together. Joe and Jo Ann enjoyed memorable trips to Europe and Italy. He flew to San Francisco and bicycled down the coastal highway to visit family in Monterey; climbed Longs Peak; and in 1980, after recuperating from a mild heart attack, completed The Century Bike Ride (his concerned family trailing behind in a station wagon). He enjoyed participating in a special Shakespeare discussion group. And, as a great joy to him as a movie buff, Joe’s favorite post-retirement activity recently was leading a film series at the Longmont Senior Center, having completed the last series in February.
Joe is survived by his wife and children Michelle Maxner Rocke (Shawn Rocke), Highlands Ranch, and Mark Maxner, Longmont; grandchildren Andrew and Elise Rocke; brother and sister-in-law David and Marilyn Maxner and their family, Monterey, California; mother-in-law Evelyn Cavanaugh, Sequim, Washington, and brother/sister-in-law Rick Cavanaugh and Sally Wilson and their families, Sequim, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents.
It was his wish that no formal service be held, and that family and friends gather together in his memory for a nice dinner, good wine, and lots of laughter. And that is how this good, loved man will be remembered.
Joe’s family is extremely grateful to the medical staffs of Kaiser Permanente and Lafayette Exempla Good Samaritan for their encompassing care and compassion. Memorials may be sent in his name to the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, or charity of your choice.