Max A. Setzke, 87, Social Security facilities manager

May 25, 2002

Max A. Setzke, a retired Social Security Administration building manager, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke and pneumonia at Caton Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville. He was 87 and lived in Ellicott City.

Born in Ludington, Mich., and raised in Milwaukee, he enlisted in the Army in 1935 and retired in 1959. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

He was a management analyst for the Social Security Administration at Woodlawn and retired a second time in 1977 as the Dickenson Building's facilities manager.

He was a member of the Maryland State Guard Council, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ellicott City post and the Military Order of the Cootie.

He was a Howard County election judge, a member of the Howard County React Unit and a member of the Governor's Executive Advisory Committee.

Proud of his German heritage, he dressed in lederhosen and carried a barrel at the Oktoberfest held at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

He is survived by the former Helen Powell, his wife of 63 years; three daughters, Elizabeth H. Lasner of Severn, Kathryn S. Schaefer of Ellicott City and Patricia S. Cooke of Augusta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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