Maxine Reger


Posted: Friday, January 13, 2006

Former peninsula resident Maxine Reger died in her sleep Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif., with her daughter, Kathleen, and grandaughter, Jenny, at her bedside. She was 92.

No public service is planned. Following her wishes, her remains will be scattered in her beloved Sierras.

Mrs. Reger was the second of three children of Albert and Florence Brown. She was born in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 13, 1913. Her early childhood was spent in Owens Valley in southeastern California and on the family wheat farm near Butte City in northern California.

“Maxine had many interests and talents. She began piano lessons at the age of 6 and played piano for the next 80 years. In 1929 she graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Princeton, Calif., and later received degrees in elementary education and music at nearby Chico State College. In 1935 she began a long and satisfying teaching career,” said her family.

She met her husband, Harry, in Chico, where they married Nov. 24, 1937. During World War II, the growing Reger family lived in Vallejo and Placerville, Calif., before resettling in Chico, where Mrs. Reger enjoyed the outdoors, tending her cherished flowers and supervising her very active children. Six years later the family drove north to Soldotna, repairing 32 flat tires along the way. Mrs. Reger taught second and third grades at Kenai Territorial School for seven years, and with the opening of Soldotna Elementary School in 1960, she took a position closer to home.

In 1967, the couple relocated to California and subsequently moved to Queen Valley, Ariz., where they spent seven years exploring the southwestern deserts and mountains. They volunteered at Queen Creek Arboretum. Mrs. Reger enjoyed desert plants and wildlife. In 1992, the Regers resettled in Paradise, Calif., and nine years later they returned to Chico.

She is survived by her husband, Harry, of Chico; daughter, Kathleen, and son-in-law, Tom Malcolm, of Davis ; sons, Dick and Paul of Soldotna; daughter-in-law, Theresa Reger of Soldotna; son, Doug and daughter-in-law, Jan Reger, of Anchorage; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Davis Funeral Chapel.

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