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Obituary for Janine Maxwell

Janine Yvette Maxwell passed away December 17, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. She was 74 years of age at the time of her passing.

Survived by: Spouse: Thomas Rhoades; Children, their spouses and grandchildren: Kathleen and Efrain Betancourt (Mikayla, Natasha), Ted Rhoades, Tim and Jessica Rhoades (Eilish & Jake Smith, Gabriel), Sharla and Jon Rubesh (Sean, Anna and Ellie), Tyler and Erika Rhoades (Henry). Siblings, nieces and nephews: Karen Dill (Rachel, Matthew), Elaine Roberge, Roger and Denise Roberge (James & Laura Roberge, Christopher & Leslie Roberge, Jennifer & David Ashley and Jessica & Harry Kitchen). Predeceased by: her parents and brother-in-law, Steven Dill.

Janine was born on February 16, 1947 in Fall River, Massachussettes, the first child of Joseph H. Roberge and Yvette G. (Audette). They would grow the family with three more beautiful children, Karen, then Elaine and finally Roger joined to round out the family. She graduated from Somerset High School in1964 and Bridgewater State College in 1968. She moved to Washington DC and was trained by IBM as a computer programmer, and then worked at the Pentagon. She was married to Alastair Maxwell for 12 years, from 1973 to 1985 and they first lived in England where she continued to work for IBM. They returned to the USA in 1977 and settled in Seattle, Washington.

Janine worked for Pemco Insurance Company in many supervisory and management capacities. She was exceptionally hard working, caring and an excellent problem solver with each department she managed. She made many lifelong friendships during her time at Pemco. It was during this time that she also met and fell in love with the love of her life, Tom Rhoades. They were together for many years and celebrated their commitment to each other in a beautiful marriage ceremony on September 10th, 2005 on the Songo River Queen riverboat in Naples, ME. It was also during this time, the year 2000 where she reunited with her birth daughter, Kathleen Betancourt, now living in Maryland and married with two daughters. They began building beautiful new bonds together that only biological children can have with their parents.

Janine retired from Pemco in 2009 which meant that they could dedicate even more time to traveling, which included multiple wonderful adventures traipsing all through Europe, flying to Thailand, up to Canada and many school break trips with Tom’s kids and eventually their spouses, and then grandkids as well. These trips took them all around the Pacific Northwest, enjoying the beauty of the landscape that they loved so much. And yet, their decades of annual visits to the East Coast to visit family in New York, New Jersey, Massachussettes and Maryland, down to Florida, and their lakeside cabin stays in Naples, Maine held the deep love of family and a most special place in their hearts. Who knows how many hours upon hours were spent floating in the lake, enjoying golden hours on the shore, Skip Bo and puzzles, and float trips on the pontoon boat.

From camping to cruises, canasta and cozy breakfasts at favorite restaurants, Tom and Janine enjoyed their life together immensely. In the spring of 2020 they purchased a home in the mountain valley town of Trout Lake, WA, next door to Jon and Sharla Rubesh (Tom’s daughter) and their children. They had intended to leave Seattle and spend the rest of their years there, together. Tom still intends to. Janine’s sharp mind and work ethic, her extravagant love for family and her love of travel and adventures, and her general “joie de vivre” will live on in our own special memories of her.

On that note, please feel free to share special memories of Janine on the Memory Wall. There are no doubt countless stories to regale, and this is the place to collect them. By reading each other's recollections of Janine’s life we can honor her and let her live on in our hearts for generations to come. And, pictures are also welcome to be uploaded and shared here.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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