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Margaret Madej-Doerrer, formerly of Seven Hills, beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grand-mother and sister passed away on June 25, 2013.

Born March 15, l925 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Barbara Smercina. Margaret graduated from John Hay High School in 1943. She leaves an incredible, philanthropic legacy with the Catholic diocese of Cleveland and Akron. "Margie" served as president of the Ladies' Guild and Altar and Rosary Societies of St. Leo the Great and St. Columbkille parishes. She frequently ministered to the poor at the Community of St. Malachi and became learned in liturgical, educational outreach studies through the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio. Margaret was also active in every form of stewardship available to women at her parishes, respectively. She enjoyed assisting her dear, late husband, Albert, in the preparation for all dinner functions at St. Columbkille from 1970-1979, along with sharing her pilgrimage experiences to the Vatican and the Holy Lands. She earned her bachelor's degree, Magna Cum Laude, in education from Baldwin Wallace College in 1978. Margaret was an elementary school teacher at St. Bridget's parish where she also is fondly remembered for creating the "Living Stations of the Cross" during Lent. She taught PSR at multiple parishes from 1969 to 1994 and substituted at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where she cherished playing guitar masses. She was a member of the Christ Child Society in Akron, Ohio, a national officer for the Boy Scouts of America and a recipient of the Hidden Heroine Award from the Girl Scout Council of Western Reserve.

Margaret was also preceded in death by brothers, Charles, and Edward Smercina; and sister, Nancy Dodeci. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth R. Madej, Thomas A. Madej (Ann Marie), Terry Richard Madej; and daughter, Michelle M. McCoy (David) of Ravenna. She leaves behind ten loving grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services Monday, July 1, 2013, at 9 a.m. at GOLUBSKI FUNERAL HOME 5986 RIDGE RD., PARMA, OH and at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget of Kildare Church. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends received Sunday, 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial masses are encouraged, along with donations to any of the following organizations: The Christ Child Society of Akron, Society of the Little Flower or Catholic Charities of Cleveland, OH.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 28, 2013
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