James J. Madden

James J. "Joe" Madden, 83, formerly of Ithaca and Deposit, N.Y., died Friday in McKinney, Texas. His wife, the former Veronica Plevyak, died in 2010.

Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late James and Margaret McDonald Madden. Joe was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Carbondale, and Police Officers Training School, Broome County, N.Y. He served as a sergeant during the Korean War. He retired as a patrolman for the city of New York Department of Environmental Protection.

Joe was a very kind and caring man and will always be remembered for his devotion to his beloved Vera. Married for more than 52 years the two truly became one person. As a couple there could be no doubt how much they cared about their children and grandchildren. "Family first" was their guiding principle, and together they found great satisfaction in spending time, visiting, celebrating and caring for their children, parents, siblings and generations of nieces and nephews. Joe and Vera were also very active members in their parish, St. Joseph's in Deposit. Joe loved being outside and spent many hours tending his large, orderly and extremely productive vegetables gardens. He enjoyed yard work even more than spending time at his workbench and could always find one more task that needed attention. As a young boy, he delivered milk and ice cream, initially with horses and sleighs in the snowy Carbondale winters. After high school, he worked as a truck driver, helping to build the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. And even after spending many hours behind the wheel as a patrolman, he never lost his passion for driving. Inducted into the Army on Valentine's Day in 1951, he became a model soldier, and quickly rose to the rank of sergeant. Ultimately stationed in Germany after World War II, his military training and discipline stayed with him throughout his life. He retired from the police force with a "pistol expert" designation. His retirement years were filled with family trips throughout the U.S. and abroad to Panama, Ireland and Poland. In his final years, Joe battled with the many complications of Alzheimer's disease. He passed away peacefully on Nov. 9 with his oldest daughter, Mary Jo, and her family by his side.

Joe is survived by three children and their spouses, Mary Jo and Michael Shelton, Farmersville, Texas; James J. Madden Jr., Ithaca; and Gina M. and Harry Telegadas, Crofton, Md.; a sister, Ann Umholtz, Balston Lake, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Veronica Jo Berry, Michael and Micah Jo Shelton, Farmersville, Texas; Joseph and Nicholas Telegadas, Crofton, Md.; many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Dilmore, Mary Hepburn and Elizabeth Smargiassi.

The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 N. Church St., Carbondale, to be celebrated by the Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka. Interment with military services in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Deposit Educational Endowment Program (DEEP), P.O. Box 22, Deposit, NY 13754.

For directions or condolences, visit www.scotchlas funeralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc.
621 North Main Street Simpson, PA 18407
(570) 282-3090

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 16, 2012