Lena (nee Madonna) Alleva, 89, died on June 15, 2012, at the Broomal Presbyterian Village. She was a resident of Paoli since 1953.
She was born in Camden, N.J., the daughter of the late Joseph and Assunta Madonna, and was a graduate of Camden High School. In 1953, Lena and her late husband Vincent C. Alleva founded the Alleva Funeral Home of Paoli. She continued as owner of the funeral home until 1981. From 1981 until 2003 she still remained as an active participant in the business until her retirement in 2003.
She has been a member of St. Norbert Church for the past 54 years. Her main passin outside of the love of her family was cooking. She enjoyed making homemade pasta dishes for family and friends.
She is survived by her children Susan (Ken) Neeld, Charles V. (Judith) and Stephen J. (Amy); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Vincent C., she is preceeded in death by her brother, John Madonna, and her sister, Anna Quici.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Norbert Church, Leopard Road, Paoli. Internment will be at St. Agnes Cemetary, West Chester. A viewing will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alleva Funeral Home Inc., 1724 E. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli.
Flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.