Maxine Touart Bortz passed away peacefully in her home of 23 years Wednesday, November 22.
She was extremely grateful for her “full & happy life, world travels, a fulfilling 35-year marriage, and her
She is survived by her children, Laura Wurzenberger, Matthew Deaver, and Brett Deaver. She also has
two step-children, Rick Bortz, and Patty Schuster. She had seven grandchildren: Karlee Deaver, Adam
Deaver, Nicole Deaver, Annabelle Mason, Casey Mason, Kyla Deaver, Ryan Deaver She also played an
active role in the lives of her extended family.She has 2 great grand-children: Lucy Deaver and Collins
Deaver. Lastly, she left her three Golden Retrievers, Grace, Joy, and Lily.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Bortz, and her parents, Peter and Janet Touart.
Maxine was born in New York, and spent her young childhood in Mt. Kisco, New York. At 10, she moved
to Wayzata, MN, and grew up on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.
She married her best friend’s big brother, Charles Deaver, and they moved to Colorado, where she was
initially a housewife. She became a receptionist at Littleton Internal Medicine, and there, she met the
greatest love of her life, Dr. Alan Bortz. They were married in 1986.
She received her Associates Degree at Arapahoe Community College in Medical Assistance. Her favorite
job was medical assisting at Orchard Family Practice.
Maxine was a very active member of Greenwood Community Church where she became a Stephen’s
Minister and attended many bible studies, all while developing deep friendships.
One of Maxines proudest accomplishment was earning her Bachelor of Science in Human
services, Addictions-CAC1, Magna cum laude in 2006. This at the age of 60!
Maxine would light up a room when she walked in. She was beautiful, happy, and loving. Maxine and
Alan traveled extensively, shared their love of Vail, hiking, biking, skiing, the changing color of aspen
trees, the Denver Broncos, and their beautiful, adoring golden retrievers.
She was an excellent cook, hostess, and generous person. Her green chili and vegetable soup is
perhaps the best in Colorado. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, specifically Christmas Eve, where
most years there was a huge family gathering, a prime rib feast, and piles of presents. She also loved
shopping, having friends over, walking the dogs, reading fiction, going to the theater, and bingewatching
Rest in peace, Maxine, a woman loved by many. A small Celebration of Life will follow at the “secret
place” - her favorite spot in Vail to take the dogs, along Gore Creek. This will happen as soon as the
flowers are blooming - updates to follow.
Donations are being taken at The Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (goldenrescue.com).