Hannelore “Lori” Eleanor Maxim passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on February 5 after a courageous battle with a long term illness.
Lori was born in Innsbruck, Austria on October 31, 1941. She lived in Salzburg, Austria with her family before immigrating to the United States in 1957 where she settled in Marion for the past 62 years. Lori was employed as a technician at May Optical in Wareham, MA for many years. She also worked as a caretaker for seniors and was highly regarded, trusted and loved by her clients. In her later years, she participated in the Senior Work Program for the Town of Marion.
Her love of family was exemplified through her graceful and warm-hearted demeanor. She would always find fun and creative ways to entertain her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews while teaching a life lesson. Lori put others before herself and would face life’s challenges with calmness, courage and strength. Lori was sought out by family and friends alike for her honest and sound advice as well as her unparalleled wisdom. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and would diligently research the origins and care of her plants. Lori’s ingenuity had no bounds as she could fix just about anything or transform an unwanted object into a magnificent decorative piece. She loved the natural beauty of the ocean as personified by her stunning creations of sea glass and shells she collected over time. In her younger years, she enjoyed sketching and painting being particularly fond of seascapes and beach settings.
Lori loved animals and adopted many abandoned cats over the years, each one treated by her with love and kindness. Her love of homeland was well known to family and friends through heartfelt stories as well as beautiful music and poetry of Austria.
Lori is survived by her daughters, Donna Maxim of Marion, Lori Thibodeaux-Simpson and husband Shaon Simpson of Stoughton, grandchildren, Anthony Thibodeaux of Allston and Samantha (Thibodeaux) Segura and husband Alex Segura of Roslindale, great granddaughter, Audrianna Segura, and her sister, Rosita (Faber) Buckminster and husband Garry Buckminster of Marion, along with many other relatives and friends. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champs Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 332 Marion, MA 02738.