Laurette Amelia Maxwell (née Fischer)
March 25, 1940 – April 2, 2022

In the comfort of her strong faith, we announce the passing of Laurette Maxwell on Saturday, April 2.

Born into the loving Fischer family on a humble farm in Formosa, Laurette was a bright and feisty child. As a teen, she loved to dress smartly and put a pin curl in her hair, mostly when her mom wasn’t looking. Laurette grew into a stunning woman with a keen sense of humour who worked hard, found joy in gardening, and loved God deeply.

In 1965, she married John Clifford (Jack) Maxwell, and together they had seven children. She made sure their children never went without good food, clean clothing, and books…lots of books. In so doing, she gave the children the gift of an inquisitive, adventurous, and safe childhood.

Early in her career, Laurette worked as a telephone operator and as a hairdresser. Later, she worked a life of service, first as rectory housekeeper at Sacred Heart Church in Ingersoll, then in material fabrication at Ingersoll Plastics, in food retail at Covent Gardens Market in London, and finally in food services at Winston Park Retirement Home in Kitchener. Between her work and school PTA activities, Laurette found time to serve on the executive board for the Ingersoll branch of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, where she also volunteered countless hours cooking and coordinating catering services for fundraising. In her later years, she regularly volunteered at St. Anne’s parish in Kitchener.

Her memory will live in her children Dawne Boersen (Roger), Tom Maxwell (Nicole), Rob Maxwell (Cheryl), Leslie Maxwell-Link (Brian), John Maxwell (Jocelyn), Bill Maxwell, and Deb Ransom (Jason); and she is sadly missed by 14 grandchildren [Krista (Cole), Adam, Alex, Matt, Austin, Scott, Noah, Chloe, Ashlyn, Ryley, Andrew, Brynn, Ava and Allie] and she adored being great-grandma “Gaga ‘Laurette” to 2 (Remy and Leo).

Fondly remembered by her sisters, brothers, and in-laws Tom Fischer, Lorna Lang, Paul and Evelyn Fischer, Eileen Fischer, Marlene Fischer, Ray and Judy Fischer, Anna Lou and Barrie King, Ted and Barb Fischer, Linda and Jim McKee, Leone Millen, Lenore Brick, Howard Warren, Pat and Charles Ciasca, and Pat Maxwell. Numerous nieces, nephews, neighbours, and friends celebrate her life. 

She is predeceased by her husband, Jack; her parents, Gregory and Anna Fischer (née Huber); siblings and in-laws; Jim and Doris Fischer, Lorraine and Robert Mousseau, Lucille and Lindsay Spielmacher, Coriene Fischer, Karl Lang, Art Fischer, Hubert Fischer, Jack Fischer, Joe Brick, Jerry Maxwell, Joan Maxwell, Betty and Jack Reid, Teresa Warren, and Cliff Maxwell.

Her family celebrates all that Laurette accomplished in her lifetime, and we weep for the things she could not do.

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday, April 9, from 10-11 a.m. and at St. Joseph’s Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 2 p.m. Those who wish to join the family for Mass from home can follow the view Livestream link below Laurette’s obituary on the funeral home website. Donations in Laurette’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Church or the Food Bank of Waterloo Region through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

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