Joan R. Madden

October 8, 2012

Joan R. Madden of Mountain Top, died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Monday, October 8, 2012.

Joan, a native of Wilkes-Barre, was a daughter of the late George C. and Helen Conway Reber.

She graduated from St. Mary's High School and College Misericordia with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Summa Cum Laude. Joan did graduate work at Marywood University and Penn State.

During her long tenured teaching career at Crestwood High School, she served as chairman of the Math Department, and was twice named Teacher of the Year by the then Superintendent James O. Brokenshire and the PTSA.

She was also president of the Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics and was active in the regional and state meetings of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Many of her students presented their research papers in mathematics and won awards at local and state levels.

Joan has served as chairman of the Fairview Township Zoning Hearing Board, a member of the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees; a member of the Board of the American Cancer Society. Joan also served on the Board of the Alumni Association of College Misericordia, president of the Philadelphia Chapter, and committee member of many Homecomings and phonathons.

She was a member of St. Jude's Parish in Mountain Top and actively involved in many church activities, including co-chair of the plush animal booth of the annual picnic booth for over 25 years; a member of the Altar and Rosary Society; Liturgy Committee; and Small Community.

Joan was a member of the Mom's Committee, an organization that supports the Catherine McAuley House, and was once named Mercy Woman of the Year at the Annual Swing for Mercy Golf Tournament.

She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Madden, a retired Prudential sales representative. Also surviving are three daughters, Mari Van Wie and her husband, James Van Wie, Clarks Summit, Norreen McInnes and her husband, P. Ray McInnes, Encinitas, Calif., Ellyn Coyle and her husband Andrew Coyle, Elk Grove, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Aileen Van Wie, Gregory, Kelley, and Mollie McInnes, Haley and Riley Coyle. She is survived by her sister, Nancy R. Wall and her husband, Dr. John C. Wall; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call between the hours of 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude's Church, Mountain Top. Those who wish to attend are asked to go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catherine McAuley House, St. Jude's Building Fund, or College Misericordia.




Published in Times Leader on Oct. 10, 2012