Marcella "Marty" (Kuhn) Maxwell passed away on December 29, 2020 at the age of 90.
She was the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Johnston) Kuhn and a proud alumna of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girl's High School, class of 1947.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Jerry; brothers (and spouses) Joe (Donna), Bud (Nancy), Rev. James J. Kuhn M.M.; her sister, Margaret (& Jack) Schneider; sister-in-law Mary (& Al) Kurz; and brothers-in-law, Frank (& Josephine) Maxwell and Tom Farrell. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Gene & Rosemary Kuhn; sister, Rosemary Farrell; daughters, Ann (Frank) Menna & Marcella (Steve) Duba; sons, Jerry (Lynda), Fran (Kathy) and Patrick (Robin.) She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marty grew up in Manayunk and attended Holy Family Grade School where she met most of her lifelong friends. After graduating from Hallahan, she was employed as a secretary at the Robert E. Lamb Company. She married Jerry Maxwell on June 23, 1951 at Holy Family Parish in Manayunk. They resided in the Manayunk/Roxborough area until 1966 when they moved with their 5 children to Warminster PA.
For most of her married life, Marty was a stay-at-home mom. A life-long and devoted Catholic she enjoyed volunteering at Nativity of Our Lord Parish and School. She was a proud member of the Sodality, Altar and Rosary Society (aka "the Church cleaning ladies,") a RCIA team member, a CCD teacher and one of the infamous school "hot dog" ladies who weekly provided hot lunches for generations of students to raise funds for the school. Later, when all her children were of school-age, Marty worked part-time positions for Herman Pharmacy, Prudential Insurance Company and RBC.
Marty was a wonderful wife of 38 years. She and Jerry enjoyed a memorable trip to Ireland for their 25th anniversary; loved visiting Florida to meet up with “club” friends, or going to the Keys to visit her sister, Rosemary and Tom.
She was a loving mother and a well-loved grandmother and great-grandmother. She always made herself available to help out her children, particularly in watching her grandchildren, both locally and out of state.
In August 2008, Marty suffered a massive and debilitating stroke which left her paralyzed on her left side. The very active woman whom we all loved and knew, now became dependent on her children and caretakers to get her through the day. Although her body and psyche were affected by the stroke, her faith life kept her strong in spirit. Though many days were difficult, she consistently managed to judge her plight as "not as bad” as others, for after all “God gave me two good legs for 78 years.”
The last three years of her life were spent at St. Joseph Villa. In her last days, many a Villa staff person stopped by to say good-bye to “Miss Max.” Their descriptions of her as a “sweetheart,” “witty,” “kind,” and “always caring about others” are the hallmarks of a life lived well and for the Lord.
What a legacy for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid restrictions, Marty’s funeral Mass will take place at a future time when it is safe to gather. Information will be updated on this website.
Donations in Marty Maxwell’s name may be made to:
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
PO Box 302
Maryknoll, NY 10545
Nativity of Our Lord Parish
605 West Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marcella D. (Kuhn) Maxwell, please visit our floral store.