Obituary for Maxine Chadwick Chrosniak

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MINT HILL, NC – Charlotte Maxine Chadwick Chrosniak (age 101), formerly of Mint Hill, NC, died on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Leesburg, VA.

Maxine was born in Sulphur Springs, DeKalb County, Alabama, on June 5, 1919, the daughter and middle child of Mr. and Mrs. James Floyd Chadwick. She attended Berry College in Mt.Berry, GA.

In the early 1940s, Maxine’s family moved to Chattanooga, TN, and it was there that she met Charles Chrosniak and married him in 1942. During World War II, she worked for a time in Washington, DC, with the Signal Corps at the Pentagon. Later, the Chrosniak family moved to Kingsport, TN, where Maxine was on the Executive Board of the League of Women Voters and was PTA president at her son’s school. She was also active in the American Association of University Women.

In midlife, Maxine returned to college to finish her degree. She graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University and became an elementary school teacher. After moving in 1964 to Charlotte, NC, she taught second grade at Bain School in Mint Hill, where she spent most of the remainder of her career. Passionate and joyful about teaching second graders, Maxine took the time to complete graduate work at Winthrop University in special education and studies in remedial reading.

For over 50 years, Maxine lived in Mint Hill, NC. Having a love of writing, she penned for a few years a regular newspaper column called “Dear Friends” for Southeast News, a local newspaper in Mint Hill. After taking a correspondence course at UNC-CH, she authored, in her later years, a novel titled Shriveled Soul.

Maxine was an early member of Charlotte’s St. Stephen United Methodist Church, which was formed in 1968. During her long and active membership in her 90s, Maxine served as chairman of Seniors and taught Sunday School and Disciple Bible classes. She was also a Stephen Minister and was honored for Outstanding Service to the church and community by the United Methodist Women.

A long-time member of Pine Lake Country Club, Maxine enjoyed playing golf, bridge, and swimming well into her 80s. An eager volunteer, she taught bridge classes and gave book reviews at local retirement and nursing homes. She will be remembered for her hobby of“collecting people” and for her love of children, dogs, “wee creatures” and the beauty of nature.

Maxine was married for 52 years to Charles E. Chrosniak, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1993. She was also preceded in death, in 2012, by her only child, Charles E. Chrosniak, Jr.(Linda), of Oakton, VA. Maxine outlived her two siblings, Anne Chadwick Gibson (Carl) and Kenneth Floyd Chadwick. Survivors include three grandsons: Charles Chrosniak, III of Fairfax, VA; John Chrosniak (Jaclyn) of Landenberg, PA; and Matthew Chrosniak (Tatiana) of Leesburg, VA. Also, surviving Maxine are her six great-grandchildren: John Chrosniak, Jr., Lauren Chrosniak, Jacob Chrosniak, Zachary Chrosniak, Charlotte Chrosniak, and Danielle Chrosniak; niece, Lucinda Gibson; and nephew, Jonathan Gibson.

Due to the current pandemic, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Please visit for service updates and to leave an online condolence for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28270.

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