11-23-07 obituaries


Maxine Helen (Witt) LaBrecque, of Hampton, died Nov. 19, at the Gwinnett County Medical Center Duluth, following a brief battle with lung cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Norman; son, Michael Rehtus and wife Christy, of Cumming; daughter, Stacey Sonnenberg and husband, Jay, of Lawrenceville; her two granddaughters, Kourtney and Taylor; nine brothers and sisters, James Witt and his wife, Adria, of Kennewick, Wash.; William Witt and his wife, Elizabeth Kay, of Fincastle, Va.; Kay Fink, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; Sally Sheldon and husband, Jerry of Post Falls, Idaho; Jeri Witt/Truesdell and her husband, Eric, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Nancy Carrington, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Jill Haney and her husband, Mel, of Osbourn Idaho; Sandy Haag, of Grand Haven, Mich., and Marilyn Dias, of Sacramento, Calif.

Maxine was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho on Jan. 29th 1948. She was a 1966 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School. She was employed by Conklin Metal Industries of Atlanta for more than ten years as an Inside sales representative, where she was considered not only a professional, but a great friend to her customers. She was previously employed as a Department of the Army civilian in Panama and at Ft. Sill, Okla.

Maxine was a deaconess at her church, a great caring and giving human being who touched everyone she met. As dear friends aptly noted, "She had so much enthusiasm, joy, and goodness emanating from her ... we all were very fortunate to know a great, great lady, and your perfect partner." A devoted mother, wife, grandmother and friend, she touched more lives than we could ever possibly imagine, and the outpouring of love in return has been overwhelming.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m., at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge Ga., (770) 474-1231. A celebration of Maxine's life will be held on Sunday Nov. 25, at 3 p.m., at County Line Congregation Christian Church, 3913 Jonesboro Road, Hampton, Ga. Call (770) 478-2002. The family encourages you, in accordance with Max's wishes and her love for the less fortunate, to make a contribution in her memory to, either the American Cancer Society, or the American Lung Association, with the hope that it will help someone else. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, Stockbridge.