Volunteer Profile

Meet Chuck and Maxine Williams
By: 

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours Council of Catholic Women Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours CCW Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck was born in Combined Locks and graduated from Kimberly High School. He worked in the family grocery store during and after high school and then bought it.

In 1965, Chuck bought a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream in Appleton and, in 1969, bought another in Green Bay. The Appleton store was sold in 1972, and in 2008 the Green Bay store closed, and Chuck and Maxine moved to Shawano.

Maxine grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School. She worked in the same grocery and ice cream stores.

Chuck and Maxine were high school sweethearts and have been married 56 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. The couple lives on Shawano Lake in the town of Wescott.

Chuck enjoys fishing and wood carving, and Maxine likes to cook and sew. They are members of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil, where Chuck helps with maintenance and Maxine does various jobs around the church, sews for the missions, and sings in the choir.

Q Where do you volunteer at St. Martin?

A Maxine: “The Council of Catholic Women.”

Chuck: “St. Martin’s Men’s Club.”

Q How did you start making crafts for the sale?

A Maxine: “We just started in August. We’d never done it before or even thought about it.”

Chuck: “We got the boards from our daughter and son-in-law when they put up a new fence. We thought throwing them away would be a big waste.”

Maxine: “We power-washed all the boards. It came to me that we could make money for the church. I‘ve always done crafts.”

Chuck: “I’m a little crafty with wood. I make wildlife art carvings.”

Q What do you make?

A Chuck: “Pumpkins, witches, pilgrims, ghosts, scarecrows, Christmas trees, snowmen, candy canes, two-sided ones with Christmas on one side and fall on the other.”

Maxine: “I applied to Thrivent on behalf of the Council of Catholic Women for a grant to be used for craft sales supplies and our sewing for the missions.”

Chuck: “I take the boards and cut them into outlines of whatever we’re making. They are ¾ by 6 feet cedar boards.”

Maxine: “I design the pattern on a piece of paper, then paint and assemble.”

Chuck: “She’s very talented when it comes to making stuff.”

Q Why do you volunteer?

A Maxine: “I like to be busy, but also to contribute.”

Chuck: “We’ve worked for 43 years together, and in retirement we continue to do so.”

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: St. Martin of Tours Council of Catholic Women Craft and Bake Sale

WHERE: 407 S. Warrington Ave., Cecil

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17-18

FYI: The sale will have baked goods, sewn items, wood decorations, homemade crafts from local vendors.