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Irene Madden

Madden, Irene F.

Irene F. Madden, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Parkside Care Center in Little Chute, Wisconsin. Irene was born in Bear Creek on April 28, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Ellen "Nellie" (Crain) Flannery. On July 29, 1947, Irene was united in love and marriage to the late William J. Madden; they were happily married for 62 years.

Irene was a true educator and made a difference in the lives of so many children. In 1940, she received her teaching certificate in Special Education from the Oshkosh State Teacher's College. In her early years of teaching, Irene taught at Weyauwega, State Graded Country Schools, and Royalton. After her marriage to Bill and during the raising of her four children, she began to do substitute and homebound teaching. Irene spent most of her teaching years with New London Public Schools. In 1964, Irene took on the role of a Special Education teacher. In 1970, at the age of 50, Irene received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 1984, Irene retired after 29 years of teaching.

Irene is survived by her son, Jerry Madden, Neenah; three daughters, Patricia Madden, Appleton; Jean Madden (Gunnar) Gabrielsen, Salem, Oregon; Kay (Erik) Ellingson, Waupaca; five grandchildren: Donna Madden, Sloane Madden, Wesley Gabrielsen, Samuel Ellingson, and Franklin Ellingson.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents Francis and Ellen, husband, Bill, four sisters: Helen, Mary, Rita, and Jean and two brothers: Ed and Dan.

The Madden Family would like to send a special thank you to all of the kind caregivers at Parkside Care Center.

A Funeral Mass for Irene will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in New London with Fr. Arul Joseph Irudamoney officiating. Burial will be at the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

A quote from Irene's Reflection of a Special Education Teacher, "I like to think that what was said to the distinguished Mexican writer and teacher, Guadalupe Quintanella might be said of me in some small way, "God touched each one her students and she was his hand."

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 28, 2012
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