Alice 'Maxine' Schulze

Bakery worker, 96Alice "Maxine" Schulze, 96, of Warrenton, died Thursday, April 1, 2004 in Warrenton.

Mrs. Schulze was born June 18, 1907 at the East Beaver Cheese Factory in East Beaver to James and Lina Blanche Dixon Beach.

She was a Tillamook County pioneer. Her father James was a cheese maker and after her mother's death, when she was 4 years old, she traveled with her father to different job locations. She attended school in Clatskanie, Clifton, Cathlamet, Wash., and graduated from Seaside High School in 1927. She was cared for by her father and foster families during those years.

She worked as a personal assistant to Alex Gilbert in Seaside. She was then employed at the Beckman's Seaside Hotel and then at Harrison's Bakery in Seaside from the late 1920s to early 1940s.

On February 12, 1932, she married Robert August Franz Schulze in Seaside. He died in 1972.

In the early 1940s, Mr. and Mrs. Schulze moved to Douglas County and she became a full-time mother and housewife. In the mid-1950s, they returned to Seaside and she returned to work at Harrison's Bakery. After working at the bakery, she was employed at the Seaside Hospital until her retirement in 1972.

Family members say Mrs. Schulze enjoyed riding horses. When she was young, she took tourists on trail rides on the beach in Seaside. She was a member of an Equestrian Drill Team. Her other hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting and riding her three-wheel bicycle. She enjoyed music and dancing with participation in folk dancing, square dancing and as a drummer for the Warrenton Kitchen Band. She cared for her grandson and taught him many valuable lessons and skills from her life of experiences, family members say. She made knitted hats, toys, afghans, shawls and lap robes and for anyone in need.

Mrs. Schulze was a member of the Rebekah's Lodge, the PTA, and a leader for Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and 4-H. She was a founding member of the Westside Christian Church in Roseburg and served as a Sunday school teacher and party planner.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Ron Larsen of Astoria; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rita Schulze of Lopez Island, Wash.; a grandson, Eric Larson of Burley, Idaho; a granddaughter, Joelle Gorgei of Ferndale, Wash.; two great-granddaughters, Kandace and Mahala Gorgei of Ferndale; and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Warrenton Library or Lower Columbia Hospice, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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