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Lawrence V. Madden


1927 - 2021
Lawrence V. Madden Obituary

Lawrence V. Madden, 94, lifelong resident of Ashland, died Sunday, Feb. 21, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Feb. 4, 1927, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Anna (Klassen) Madden.

He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish and was a devout member of the former St. Mauritius Church, where he served as an usher, extraordinary minister, block party chairman, Summer Basketball League coordinator and scout leader.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Madden, sister, Catherine Dando, and son-in-law, Mark Fanelli.

Surviving are his wife, the former Janet Wewer, with whom he would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in June; two sons, Larry (Susan), of Wooster, Ohio, and Thad (Shannon), of Coatesville; one daughter, Amy Fanelli, of Fountain Springs; seven grandchildren, Colin Fanelli (Jessica), of Frackville, Anthony Fanelli (Colleen), of Ashland, Natalie Fanelli, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Zoe Madden, of Wooster, Ohio, Gavin, Maggie and Brooks Madden, of Coatesville; three great-grandsons, Christian Fanelli, of Frackville, Geno and Nico Fanelli, of Ashland; a brother, Frank Madden, of Towanda; an aunt, Marie Gough, of Mount Carmel; nieces, nephews and friends.

Larry worked for 47 years at the former Ashland Shirt and Pajama Factory as the foreman of the cutting department and was also proud to have helped make Gitman Bros. shirts for John Wayne and to work side-by-side with Ralph Lauren.

Larry was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and earned his fourth degree in 2009. He also attended retreats at St. Joseph in the Hills in Malvern for 30 consecutive years, and served as president of the Schuylkill Deanery of the Holy Name Society.

A veteran of World War II, Larry was an active member of American Legion Post 434, Ashland. He also was active in the community as a life member of Washington Fire Company and served 19 years as chairman of Ashland Area Municipal Authority.

Larry was an avid tennis player and enjoyed taking care of St. Mauritius tennis court. He also enjoyed gardening and took great pride in his tomatoes. Larry was a lifelong, die-hard fan of the Phillies, Eagles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He enjoyed attending games culminating with a trip to South Bend in 2000. Poppop coached his grandsons on the Ashland Little League Pirates team in the 1990s.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland. The Rev. Brian Miller will officiate. Interment at the convenience of the family in St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Borromeo Church. COVID-19 and CDC restrictions will apply to the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1117 Walnut St., Ashland, PA 17921, or American Legion Post 434, 505 Centre St., Ashland, PA 17921. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Charles Heizenroth III, supervisor is in charge. Visit http://www.kullfuneral.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021
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