A man to stand with and love.

Colleen Kelly Starkloff & Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein

“I knew when I met Dad that this is a man who I could stand with and love.”

Max Starkloff was a giant of a man, especially in the eyes of his family. When he was in his early 20s, a near-fatal car accident left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. It was there that he met his future wife, Colleen Kelly Starkloff.

From the first moment that he came into her office, Colleen knew that Max was a man she could – and did – happily stand beside, overcoming obstacles and building the life they envisioned having together. 

After his passing, Colleen came to StoryCorps with their daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein to discuss the warmth and love Max brought into their lives.

Listen to Colleen and Meaghan’s original StoryCorps interview.

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