MADDEN, Margaret E. "Peggy" 95, of Avon, CT, formerly of Melrose, MA, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2016 after receiving magnificent, empathetic care from the entire staff at Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center in Bloomfield, CT during the final years of her life.|
Peggy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 5, 1921, the daughter of Michael and Julia (Reardon) Madden. She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Cornelius and Michael, and her sisters, Hannah, Julia, Katherine and Mary. Peggy received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Burdetts College, a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She began her business career with the Monsanto Company at the Everett, MA plant in 1940. She was made Assistant Research Librarian in 1952 and was transferred to the World Headquarters in St. Louis, MO in 1957 as the Technical Librarian for the Inorganic Chemicals Division. She was appointed Chairman of Monsanto's Information Center from 1961 to 1963, when she was promoted to Technical Reports Librarian. She also assumed the duties of Records Retention Coordinator of the Central Research Department in 1967. She later advanced to the position of Supervisor, Reports Library Research Center for Corporate Research and Development before retiring in 1985 after 45 years of service.
Peggy was a proud member of Zonta International, a Service Organization of Professional and Executive Women, and served that organization in many capacities, including President of the St Louis Club of Zonta International in 1971. Peg also gave enthusiastically of her time, talents, and resources to many other professional organizations and public service charitable causes. She was most passionate about her family, the Republican Party, the Catholic Church, and the Boston Red Sox, not necessarily in that order.
Peggy is survived by her first generation nephews and nieces; Peter J. Deckers and wife, Barbara, Judith Deckers, Janet Bingle and husband, Glenn, Peter Madden and wife, Kathleen, Robert Murphy and wife, Michelle, Julia DiBella and husband Frank, many second generation great nieces and nephews, and numerous third generation great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 3rd at 11:30 am until 12:00 pm at St. John Chrysostom Church, 4750 Washington St., West Roxbury, MA 02132, followed by a Mass of Christian Celebration of Life and the Funeral Liturgy at 12 noon in St. John Chrysostom Church. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center, 100 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT. 06002 or the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Ave., Meriden, CT 06451. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ahern Funeral Homes Inc. of Unionville, CT. To send online condolences, please visit
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 29, 2016