Maxine Difino, 80, longtime resident of Park Ridge IL, at rest July 27, 2020. Loving wife of 52 years to the late John Difino. Beloved mother of Nicole (Mike) Nugent and the late Michael Difino. Devoted “Mimi” of Emily and Matthew Nugent. Dear in law of Maryann Nicolay and Josephine Koumas. Loving aunt to Jill (Jim) Abbinanti, Kim (Louis) Danielson. Dear family member to many others in the Difino, Koumas, Klotz, and Nugent families.
In 1939, Maxine was born in Chicago and lived throughout the city. She moved often as a child, so when she and John married they decided to establish roots in one place, Park Ridge, Illinois. Maxine took motherhood by storm, determined to provide all the experiences she missed in her own childhood. She took charge as room mother for her daughter, Nicole, ran school events, was a camp counselor and Girl Scout leader, using her love of crafting to teach children how to be creative. She taught herself to crochet, knit, and sew and loved working on projects for Nicole and her nieces while listening to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and other show tunes. She was self-educated and mastered everything from gardening to book keeping. Her most peaceful place was working in the yard. She also enjoyed bowling, quilting, dogs, ceramics, woodworking, creating doll house miniatures, and working on puzzles of any kind. Sunday dinners were a life-long tradition. Family card games, trivial pursuit, and a good meal were so important and meaningful for her. Maxine was a voracious reader, with a book and crossword puzzle in her purse at all times. She passed all these interests on to her grandchildren, relishing that they enjoyed the same things. Being a caring mom, aunt, mother-in law, colleague, and friend was important to her, but being a “Mimi” was her biggest joy. Maxine was beyond resilient and believed with determination and kindness she could survive anything. She learned a strong work ethic early, her favorite jobs being elevator operator at Marshall Field’s, popcorn popper at the Oriental Theater, and finally, being Membership Coordinator at Technology and Manufacturing Association for the last 30 years. With her wit and intelligence, she connected with so many lives and was a wonderful example of strength and honesty. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date. A private Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Maxine Difino’s name to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Sister Paulanne’s Needy Family Fund), 1775 Grove St., Glenview, IL 60025. https://www.olphglenview.org/good-cause/sr-paulannes-needy-family-fund_
November 29, 1939 - July 27, 202011/29/193907/27/2020
2 Trees have been planted in memory of Maxine Difino.