DURHAM — Madeline Thompson, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H. after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
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Madeline, born in Somerville, Mass., lived in North Weymouth, Lexington, and North Reading, and spent the last four years living with her youngest daughter, Ann Carter, her son-in-law Michael, and her grandson, Matthew in Durham.
Madeline was born on Dec. 24, 1916, to the late Francis Leo and Lucy Greenwood Larner of N. Weymouth, and was predeceased by her sister, Frances C. Larner of Quincy, Mass.; her brother, John E. Larner of Westfield, N.J.; her son, John E. Thompson of Littleton, Mass., and a baby great-granddaughter, Amanda Elizabeth Alexson, of Connecticut.
Madeline was also predeceased by her husband of 29 years, John P. Thompson, who passed away in 1971. John P. was originally from Newfoundland, and thereby Madeline leaves several aunts, uncles and cousins in the St. John's area.
Madeline is survived by her daughter, Patricia Venier of Nashua, N.H., daughter, Frances Alexson and her husband, David, of New Hartford, Conn., son, James and his wife, Frances, of N. Billerica, Mass., daughter, Paula Thompson of Great Mills, Md., daughter, Ann Carter and her husband, Michael, of Durham, and daughter-in-law, Marion Thompson of Littleton, Mass. Madeline also leaves 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In addition, Madeline leaves behind her sister-in-law, Dorothy Larner of New Jersey, and several nieces and nephews.
Madeline graduated from Weymouth North High School in 1934 and subsequently studied for three years at Framingham State Teachers College. She taught sewing and cooking for years at the John T. Berry Rehabilitation Center, North Reading, Mass. She took much pride in helping these students, some with considerable disabilities, learn to accomplish basic life skills.
At different times during Madeline's earlier years, she also cared for six foster children placed with her family by Catholic Charities. Upon retiring from John T. Berry, Madeline traveled to Europe several times with friends on group tours. For many years thereafter, she continued with her love of quilting and entered several quilts into contests where she won first prize. Madeline was honored to have had one of her quilts displayed alongside one by former first lady Abigail Adams at the Weymouth Historical Society.
Madeline's funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at St. Brigid Parish Church, 2001 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, Mass. Funeral arrangements are provided by the Douglass Funeral Home of Lexington, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, Madeline would wish that friends make a donation in her memory to support their local Humane Society or ASPCA chapter. Donations may also be made to Hyder Family Hospice House in care of Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833.
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Published in Fosters from June 20 to June 21, 2009