Maxine Grace Carlson

Maxine Grace Carlson (Max, Maxie, Mac) of Ballston Spa, New York, born in Davenport, New York, on August 18, 1938, daughter of Kenneth Cooper and Elsie Cary, passed peacefully the evening of February 14, 2020, with her loving family, friend Heidi Mitchell and furry companion, Daisy, by her side. Daisy awoke and cried toward the ceiling, as Maxine’s spirit ascended to heaven.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Harold Kniskern and Richard Kniskern, and her precious, great-granddaughter, baby Mya. She is survived by her hero of 61 loving years, her loyal husband, Donald E. Carlson; her son George F. Carlson (Darci); daughter, Kay L. Lewis (Edward); and her caretaker and devoted daughter, Caren J. Carlson; sister-in-law, Marie Hoffman; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

Maxine was affectionately known as her husband’s “little girl”. She dedicated her life to her family and worked side by side with her husband at their family owned Christmas tree farm. When she became ill at the age of 47, her husband retired to care for her. Her courage and strength was an inspiration to all who were blessed to have known her. Her compassion, love and kindness toward others, spunky personality and beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Max would want us to know that she is dancing and singing in heaven, while watching over each one of us and to please be kind to one another. This is not good bye, it’s until we meet again!

The family would like to thank her home health aides who Max loved so dearly: Casey Bradley, Fatou Diallo, Heidi Mitchell and Moza Siders for all of their love, tenderness and selfless care for Maxine. Thank you to Keith Lisinicchia for holding Caren up and providing her daily support and strength to continue to care for her amazing parents.

There will be no calling hours. Interment will be at the Ballston Spa Cemetery at a later date.

Guest Book


I will miss you SO much your beautiful soul and personality as well. I will never forget and I always enjoyed spending those days helping you or the times you pulled me close to tell me you love and appreciate my help I will always remember you may you Rest In Peace ❤❤

Nancy Nelson

Maxine was a very special person. Always upbeat and caring and so appreciative of everything. I will miss her spirit!

Ed Hersh

I am so so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet woman and a pleasure to be around over the years. Her smile and positive attitude said it all. I'm sure she is in heaven with my dad singing and dancing and waiting until we all meet again. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carol Marschat

My best friend for 33 years. I will miss you dearly.

Fatou diallo

Max was so lovely she was so kind like her daughter Karen (a lovely person). Even sick she always said thank you when you were helping her....I know she’s happy where she is right now......I love you Max and I’ll remember you in my prayers.

Gail Askew

Maxine we will miss you, Mom is up there waiting to play bingo with you and have you tell her some funny jokes. You are a beautiful Angel will miss you much love you Gail