Ernestine L. Madden, 91, formerly of Vestal, N.Y., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Lena Marca; her husband of 61 years, John K. (Jack) Madden; her siblings Malio, Willis and Frieda Marca; and her son-in-law, Shannon Swanson.
She is lovingly survived by her brother, Carl Marca; and her six children and their spouses, Sheryl Longnecker of Charlottesville, Va., Mary Madden and Joyce Smith of Charlottesville, Christopher Madden of San Diego, Calif., Daniel and Lynne Madden of Keedysville, Md., Laurie and Richard Boldis of Newark Valley, N.Y., and Beth Madden of Livingston, Mont. She also is survived by three grandchildren, Serena Leogue, Thor and Chloe Madden, and John and Daniel Boldis; and three great-grandchildren, Aiofe, Aisling and Kieran Leogue.
She was a wonderful wife and mother and dearly loved by her family. She was proud of her Italian heritage and we will remember her wonderful cooking, especially her risotto. She had a keen intellect and instilled a love of reading in all of her children. "Richer than me you can never be, as I had a mother who read to me."
She enjoyed summers on Genegantslet Lake for 41 years and also her retirement with her husband, Jack, in Bradenton, Fla.
We wish to thank the nurses on Seton 3, Lourdes Hospital, for their skilled and caring work and Dr. Michael Barrett for his very compassionate and competent care.
Interment will be at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Bradenton. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home, 69-71 Maple St., Harpursville, NY.
Online condolences may be made at www.omaddenfh.com.