Madeleine (Moreland) Solenberger died Friday morning at 11:55 am, October 15, 2010, at Forrest Manor Nursing Home in Dewey, OK. She was 83 years old. She had been in ill health the past year, but was only at Forrest Manor for four months. Madeleine was born on a farm (the Old Wilson farm) in Peru, KS, Monday, December 8, 1926, to Lander Barber Moreland, Sr. and Lockie Blanche (Stutsman) Moreland. All the Moreland children were born at home. She was the eighth of twelve children. Ten of the twelve children lived past infancy. Madeleine was the only child who didn't have a middle name. Her parents thought her first name and last name were too long to have a middle name. Her nickname was "Mandy". Madeleine attended school in Peru from first grade up to the last two months of her senior year. She quit school to stay home and take care of the other younger children while her mother and father were in KS City, KS, at KU hospital with a younger brother that had his left arm badly burned. She later received her GED at age 56 while working full time and taking care of her mother-in-law, Dorothy Grace Solenberger. She was proud that at that age she went ahead and finished her high school education and so was her family. It was a great accomplishment.
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While still at home in her teens, she and an older brother would play guitar and sing at events around the area. They won contests and even went to KS City, KS, to play guitar and sing. A few years later Madeleine was asked by Bob Wills to sing in his band, but she declined. She didn't want to be on the road and that far away from home.
Madeleine moved to Coffeyville, KS in her teens and worked at a café near the Sinclair Oil Refinery. She also worked at Columbia Drug. She married Foney Garman to which a daughter, Cheryl, was born. They later divorced and Madeleine and Cheryl moved to Bartlesville, OK, where Madeleine lived the rest of her life.
Madeleine worked at many places while in Bartlesville. She worked at Phillips Petroleum Company as an elevator operator, in the mailroom and on the switchboard. She worked at Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator. She worked at almost all the drugstores in Bartlesville-the Crown Drug, Pioneer Drug, Baldwin's Drug, Bartlesville Pharmacy, and Limestone Drug. She worked at Reda Pump Company on their switchboard. She worked in the Clubroom at the American Legion, the Bluestem Lounge and the Solo Club. Even though she was a good bartender, she never drank.
While working as an elevator operator at Phillips, she met Albert Cyrus "Solly" Solenberger, Jr. They married October 30, 1953. A son, Alan, was born the following year. Madeleine and Al were married 53 1/2 years before Al died, March 8, 2007, just two days after his 82nd birthday. Madeleine was the "woman behind the man" with Solly's success with the American Legion Baseball Team. She worked hard at getting sponsors for the ball team.
Madeleine is survived by her daughter, Cheryl, and her husband Jerry "Bud" Rider, of Coffeyville, KS; her son, Alan, and his wife, Nadine (Wilkinson) Solenberger, of Bartlesville, OK; grandchildren: David Rider and his partner Ron Perkins, of Waco, TX; Melinda "Mendy" and her husband, Jason Coffey, of Owasso, OK; Christopher "Chris" and his wife, Stephanie (Berner) Solenberger, of Bartlesville, OK; Matthew "Matt" Solenberger of Bartlesville, OK; Caleb and Isaac Solenberger of Bartlesville, OK; and three-week-old Peyton Jean Solenberger. She is also survived by two brothers, Lander Barber "Junior" Moreland, Jr. and his wife Joyce (Hinkle), of Caney, KS; Wesley Benjamin Moreland and his wife Susan "Sue" (Griffin) of Americus, KS; a sister, Delia (Moreland) Strasser of Topeka, KS; sisters-in-laws: Perlie (Kitterman) Moreland of Copan, OK; Tia (Peterson) Moreland of Gobles, MI; Pat Solenberger of Urbana, OH; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jim and Jean Solenberger, of Fairborn, OH; several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Madeleine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, "Solly"; her father and mother-in-law: Albert Cyrus Solenberger, Sr. and Dorothy (Nickodemus) Solenberger; brothers: Delbert Warren "Tine" Moreland; Willis Gordon Moreland; Raymond Wilson Moreland; Gerald Brooks Moreland; James Ray "Jimmy" Moreland; a sister: Eva Lee (Moreland) Willson and infants Leah May Moreland and Edgar Earl Moreland; sisters-in-laws: Irene (Reynolds) Moreland; Georgia (Rigdon) Moreland; Lois Moreland; Dorothy (Solenberger) McHenry; Rose Mary Solenberger; Margene (Solenberger) Dampf; brothers-in-law: Byrd McMillan; Bob Willson; Cleo Strasser; Shirley Merritt "Zeke" Dampf; John Solenberger; Charles "Toby" Solenberger and Russell McHenry.
Madeleine was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in keeping track of the whole family whether by telephone, letter writing or visiting. She was always available when anyone needed help. She was devoted to her parents as well and made many trips to Caney, KS, while they were alive. All of her efforts will be sadly missed by the family.
A special "thank you" to Madeleine's neighbors; Mark, Kassy, Brandon and Lyle, and to all of Madeleine's care givers while she was at home: Angela, Janice, Penny, Melissa, Pam, Tiffany, Candace, Tiana, Nancy, and Daisy. Also, Carter Healthcare & Hospice and Forrest Manor Nursing Home. You were all "angels" and very much appreciated. We knew mom was in good hands and we didn't have to worry.
Arrangements are with the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory in Bartlesville, OK. Graveside services will be Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 2:00 pm in Memorial Park Cemetery 4200 Nowata Rd., Bartlesville, OK.
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Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Oct. 19 to Nov. 19, 2010