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Gretchen O. Maxfield

Gretchen Olive (Marlow) Maxfield, of Southington, CT, passed on at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford on June 27, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Gretchen lived a full and wonderful life. She was raised in Kensington, CT on a small farm with her parents and her brother, William. She was a woman of family and adventure and her numerous photo albums are filled to the brim with events from her life in the 1950s and 1960s. Gretchen met her future husband Charles on October 21, 1964 and they married on July 23, 1966. Gretchen and Charles later moved to their long-term home in Southington, CT to raise their six children. Eventually, those six children would go on to make Gretchen a grandmother to nineteen and a great-grandmother to one. The older grandchildren have many fond memories of spending time with Gretchen, both at the family home and in church.

Gretchen was predeceased by her loving parents, Olive and Edward Marlow and her infant daughter, BG. She is survived by her very large family: brother, William Marlow and his wife Donna and their daughter, Olivia Marlow; her husband of 56 years, Charles Maxfield and their six children: Marie Burke and father of her children, Thomas; Christine Carothers and husband, Jeremy; David Maxfield and wife, Carmie; Karen Sadowski and husband, Jeremy; Rebecca Lourie and husband, Kevin and Martha Maxfield and partner, Jay. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren and their partners: Natalie Burke (Jimmy), Melissa Muir (Quinn), Brianna Carothers (Greg), David Maxfield II, Nathaniel Carothers, Daniel Maxfield, Lauren Maxfield, Aaron Carothers, Amelia Carothers, Tyler Maxfield, Ben Maxfield, Zachary Carothers, Alyssa Maxfield, Mackenzie Sadowski, Claire Lourie, Brielle Sadowski, Michael Siniscalchi, Lilah Lourie and Matthew Siniscalchi. She is also survived by great-granddaughter, Savannah Muir.

Gretchen Olive (Marlow) Maxfield was a woman full of love for her family and friends and was a woman of faith. She will be greatly missed. The impact she has made on her family’s lives will be remembered every day.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gretchen’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (alz.org).

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the Faith Living Church, 20 Grove St, Plantsville. There are no calling hours. Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.


So sorry for your loss. Gretchen will be remembered as a loving wife, Mother and Grandmother. She sure was an example of a faithful woman and will surely be missed .

Shirley Charpentier and Bob Jul 8 2021 12:00 AM

We remember giving your mom (and dad) a break and taking most of you to an Indians game in Cleveland. God Bless all the Maxfield family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Colette Kovach Camp Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of a beautiful Wife Mom Grandma Sister Aunt hope u find peace in your heart as her journey will be beautiful

Pauline Bellemare Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

Melissa Morgan lit a candle for Gretchen O. Maxfield

Melissa Morgan Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences go out to the Maxfield Family.. My special message goes to Martha and David, who are former co-workers and friends of mine. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, May she rest in Peace and your Special Family memories sustain you through this trying time.

Peggy Walton-Castro Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM