Chesterton Tribune



Memorial Service Saturday for Maxwell Charles Breitinger

Back To Front Page


Dr. Maxwell Charles Breitinger, age 28, passed away on March 16, 2018, at his home in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Born on December 4, 1989 in Valparaiso, IN, Max graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2008 then earned a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Indiana University. He received his medical education at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, graduating in the top of his class. Dr. Breitinger was honored to join Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, MI, and begin his surgical residency in 2017.

A passionate musician, lyricist, and beatboxer, Max composed songs on the keyboard and guitar. His insights delighted the senses and challenged the intellect. His music brought joy to family and friends as far away as Peru, Cuba, and Rwanda.

Max was fearless, a trait that could both impress and terrify onlookers. Throughout his life, he climbed too high, swam too deep, and jumped with abandon. Strong independence, steadfast determination, and goal-oriented intensity guided him always.

Though his family stood in awe of Max’s academic and professional accomplishments, they are most grateful for his kindness, his eagerness to help and heal others, and his spirit of adventure. His decision to end his life is but a sad detail in comparison.

His loss will be felt deeply by all who knew him, especially his parents Walter and Cynthia (nee Tatman) Breitinger, his brothers Benjamin and Alexander (Ann), and his grandmother Barbara (Harold) Friedrich (nee Stanger).

He was preceded in death by grandparents Richard and Eleanor (nee Smith) Breitinger and Norman C. Tatman. His Aunt Marjory Giuliano (nee Breitinger), Uncles Randall (Lynette) and Richard (Colleen) Tatman, and eight cousins will miss his engaging presence. His baby nephew Karl Breitinger will explore stories and photos and surely ponder what he missed.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Valparaiso at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. An open-house celebration of Max’s life will be held from 12-4:30 p.m. in the ballroom at 1150 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso.

Memorial donations may be made to Doctors without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5023, Hagerstown, MD, 21741.



Posted 4/10/2018




Search This Site:

Custom Search