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Maxine McLean Rescorl, 79, was born May 16, 1944, in Long Branch, NJ, and passed away on June 24th, 2023, in her loving son’s home surrounded by family from cancer. She began her working career while still in high school, working part-time at the Credit Bureau of Central New Jersey, Broad Street, Red Bank. Upon graduation from Red Bank High School, Class of 1962, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, and won many typing and shorthand awards, she was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity by an uncle to attend Katharine Gibbs School, New York, where she lived for two years while taking the college and secretarial courses. While living in New York, her history professor was active in politics. Maxine and other classmates spent many weekends attending political functions at the Waldorf Astoria, meeting well-known politicians and famous entertainers. Upon graduation, she was employed by American Can Company, Park Avenue, New York.
Good fortune would shine upon her, when the Vice President of the finance department was transferred to the Glass Division of American Can Company, known as Midland Glass, in Cliffwood, NJ, and asked her to go with him to be his assistant. Living back home in Red Bank, she welcomed the opportunity, bought her first car, and worked there for six years, leaving to have her first child. She then went to work at University Graphics, originally in Shrewsbury, then in Atlantic Highlands. Though answering the ad for an administrative assistant in the typesetting company, she was hired to work in finance. Three months later her dream job came to her. She spent the next almost 28 years working at University Graphics, always as an administrative assistant and Corporate Secretary. She enjoyed her time there and had the support of many coworkers through her bout with breast cancer, and was forever grateful to them for their support, as well as that of church friends and family. Deciding it was time for a change, she answered a help wanted ad for Planning Board and Zoning Board Secretary and Assistant to the Zoning Officer in Aberdeen Township. She was hired and had come full circle, as her first job in Cliffwood was part of Aberdeen Township. Planning and zoning became a passion she lived and breathed and enrolled in certification classes at Rutgers University Division of Planning and Zoning. She spent the next almost 23 years in Aberdeen, holding various positions including Zoning Officer, Deputy Registrar, Registrar, Deputy Clerk, CRS Coordinator, Municipal Housing Liaison as well as secretary to both the Zoning and Planning Boards, and as a member of the Economic Business Council, Business Liaison. She truly enjoyed her time in Aberdeen, worked long hours, and gave it her all. Her planning and zoning board members are amazing, caring individuals who have the best interests of Aberdeen at heart. She was respected by residents and business owners, engineers, and planners, architects, attorneys, as well as most of her fellow coworkers. She was proud to be part of the development of the Township and all it had to offer its residents and businesses. She was always grateful to Ed Bennett and the late Tim Gillen of CME Associates for their many talks about planning and zoning, and she always said they taught her more than Rutgers ever could. In her role as municipal housing liaison, working along with her deputy, she was proud of the candidates who put in the lotteries, and those that won lotteries and became part of the affordable housing developments, feeling a sense of accomplishment she could help those in need of affordable housing. In her role as business liaison on the Economic Business Council, she was proud to help bring some businesses to Aberdeen and take part in grand openings. She was grateful to the Mayor and Council of the Township for the opportunity to work in these positions.
For three years Maxine also worked part-time as Board Secretary for the Borough of Sea Bright, and also for Kohls, Holmdel, where she was the point of sale at that first register. She was an avid bowler in both Middletown mixed and handicap leagues and in the Monmouth County Majors. Throughout her working career, she devoted her time and efforts to her children, attending soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball games on weekends, both in town and traveling teams, being a class mom to make telephone calls asking other moms to bake or purchase items for class parties or functions, or pick up children getting out of school early, and enjoyed baking goodies for class parties. She enjoyed being a Cub Scout den mother, marching in parades with her troop. She loved crafting and candy-making with the boys.
She was a former member of Belford Independent Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and encouraged her sons and Jennifer to become active volunteers in fire and first aid. One of her favorite projects with the fire company was to adopt a family at Christmas, to see the joy on a child's face when Santa came riding to their home on the fire truck with all the bells and whistles blasting, laden down with gifts.
Maxine was predeceased by her parents, Frank McLean and Alice Mindlin McLean; her husband, William Rescorl, and her grandson Brandon, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her beloved children and wonderful and much-loved grandchildren, son Kevin and his children, Jennifer, Haley, Victoria, and Samantha, son Keith and wife Sandra and their daughter Cheyenne, daughter Susan and her daughter Shannon, and son William and his wife Allyson and their daughter Avery Jade, special grandchildren Kayla and Danny and their son Anthony, and Joey. She will miss them terribly but will watch over them always. She is thankful for the friendship of Scott, Tommy, and Ken at Aberdeen for all their assistance, and Carmine for those phone calls, Barbara and her late father, Tom for their love and support. She was proud of raising her granddaughter Jennifer, and so proud of Jennifer’s accomplishments and hard work, love of family, and commitment to helping others. Watching her graduate from Rutgers University in 2019 was an amazing accomplishment, and then completing her master’s during COVID; filled her heart with thankfulness and joy.
Her husband introduced her to country music and gardening, and both became passions. She loved to watch the beauty of sunrises and sunsets. She was a former member of Belford United Methodist Church, where she was church secretary to Rev. Steelman and a member of the adult choir. She currently was a member of Tower Hill Presbyterian Church.
Maxine thanks Jennifer for the care, love, and support through her illness, even while working full time and studying for her Masters, and Kevin for being the "nurse and medical person." She thanks Billy for the face times with Avery, her youngest grandchild, who provided so many moments of joy, and for those Slurpies. Thank you to all who encouraged, supported, and reached out with assistance, you are all loved.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Avenue, Keansburg from 2 pm to 6 pm. Cremation was private
In lieu of flowers, Maxine's wish is that each person who mourns her do a kind deed for someone less fortunate, someone in need, someone hungry, or tend a garden of beautiful flowers and vegetables to share with the needy, or to brighten someone's day, or plant a tree in her memory. She also asks that you be thankful for every day, no matter how good or bad it is, no matter if it is raining or the sun is shining. Give thanks to the Lord you woke up today and try to make the very best of the day you can.