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Madeline L. Marta

AGE: 103 •

Madeline Letitia Marta, age 103, an Angel on Earth, departed this life on Friday, September 11, 2015. She was born on February 13, 1912, in Wilmington, DE, the third child of the late John B. and Mary A. Marta, first generation immigrants from Torino, Italy. Her devotion to family and lifelong service to others was rewarded with many friends and special family relationships. To most, she was simply, "Aunt Madeline", loved by all. More than 100 people attended her 100th birthday celebration, spanning 4 generations of family. Madeline's life wasn't always easy, she was raised on the East side of Wilmington during WWI. Her parent's hard work and commitment to family enabled them to move to 7th & Rodney during the Great Depression. As a young adult, she lived through WWII while her brother (John) served in the US Army from 1943-1945. Her service to the Country included 3 years as a Red Cross volunteer, coordinating supply efforts at the local Air Base. Following the tradition of her ancestors, she prided herself on attaining higher education. After graduating from Wilmington HS in 1931, she enrolled in Beacom College in Wilmington. She completed a degree in "Business Administration", for which, she made weekly payments in cash. She maintained meticulous records including the payment coupon books and exams.

Madeline entered the workforce as a single woman with a college degree around 1932. She was hired as a stenographer by a company known as "The Letter Shop", at 9th and Tatnall streets, in Wilmington. Her fortitude and work ethic helped her ascend to become the Vice President for the entire company. After more than 40 years of service, she retired in 1976. She received many honors and achievements and was a member of professional associations; a true pioneer for women in America! Madeline was very proud of her family heritage dating back to 1435. She was always pleased to share stories about her ancestors, most of whom were highly educated and, educators at the highest levels. Her father was a translator on Ellis Island due to his multi-linguistic skills. She continued her education as priority in life, including a University of Delaware course, "Understanding the Stock Market". A devout Catholic, she regularly attended Mass at St. Anthony's and occasionally her childhood parish, St. Peter's Cathedral. She often expressed her consideration of joining a convent to serve God. Ultimately, she chose to serve her parents, brothers, nieces and nephews and extended family. She made countless gifts to religious organizations and causes in her lifetime.

Remarkably, Madeline lived as an independent lady until the age of 100. She moved to "The Devon" in 1981, an original resident. In 2013, she made the transition to, Sunrise Assisted Living of Wilmington. Her ingratiating ways soon made her a favorite resident among the staff. She never complained and was always content with any condition. The staff made her last years pleasant and peaceful. An unfortunate fall in July of this year led to a hip surgery. Her recovery at Kentmere of Wilmington, led her to seek rest and she decided it was her time to go to Heaven.

Madeline was predeceased by her brothers, Dominick, Albert, and John, and their wives, Mary, Anne and Edna Mae, respectively. Her nieces, Carolyn Acierno, Antoinette Brown, and Dolores Czerwinski, nephews John Marta, Dominick Pittaccio and John Paul Marta. She is survived by her cousin, Anthony Piantoni, nieces, Suzanne (Pete) Pittaccio, Joy (Paul) Kehnast, Marilyn Biles, Barbara (Artie) DiFonzo, Lauren (Greg) DeMichel, Joan (Doug) Hill and nephew, Frank Acierno, Sr. Further, she enjoyed the extended family of more than 60 great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. She enjoyed a special bond with nephew, John Paul and his children, Jill, Amy and Jan, spending many summers in Bethany Beach. She will be sorely missed by family and friends. Her indelible mark leaves us with a sense of wisdom and appreciation for all of life's gifts!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Madeline's honor on Friday morning, September 18 at 10:30am in the Cathedral of St. Peter, 500 N West St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lanaster Ave in Wilmington. Family and friends are welcome to visit at the church on Friday morning, prior to mass, from 9-10:15am.




Published in The News Journal from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2015
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