In Memoriam

Maxine Niemeyer

Maxine Niemeyer


May 2015

Maxine Niemeyer, 95, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015.

She was a longtime member of the life insurance industry. She developed her interest in the business while working as a secretary for a life insurance agent. Inspired by him, she earned her Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1964 and began selling insurance.

From 1967 to 1990, she served as manager of the Michigan Brokerage Agency of Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co. She then became president of Business & Estate Financial Coordinators Inc.

Ms. Niemeyer was actively involved in the insurance industry. She served on numerous boards and received many accolades throughout her career. She was the first woman elected to The American College Board of Trustees in 1981 and was awarded the College’s Huebner Gold Medal in 1994. She was elected to the Phoenix Mutual Agency manager’s hall of fame in 1989 and received service awards from various insurance industry organizations.

Ms. Niemeyer served on the boards of Olson Dental Company Inc., Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. She was a past president of the American Society, Financial and Estate Planning Council of Detroit and the Greater Detroit chapter of the National Association of Life Underwriters. She also was a member of the Life Insurance Leaders of Michigan, the American Society of Pension Actuaries, the Economic Club of Detroit, the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council of America and the Detroit Athletic Club.

She has been listed in several business-related Who’s Who directories.

Ms. Niemeyer is survived by her nieces, Diane McElreath and Dolores Melia. She was predeceased by her sisters, Gwendolyn Burt and Olive Niemeyer.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.