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Madeleine Marie Herczog

(1925 ~ 2016)

Madeleine Herczog passed away on January 2, 2016 while on vacation with family in Tucson, Arizona. Madeleine was born on October 15, 1925 and grew up in Bern, Switzerland. When she was 20 years old she met Andrew Herczog, who had grown up in Hungary but had migrated to Switzerland to avoid the Germans in World Word II. Andi and Madeleine were married in 1948 and migrated to Canada in 1953 and eventually the U.S. in 1955. Madeleine and Andi were married for 45 years.

Madeleine was a pianist trained in classical music who taught for many years at an Art Center in New York. In the seventies, she became interested in Early Music and learned to play the harpsichord and the family of recorders. As she aged, the Celtic Harp became her preferred instrument and she began composing music. Madeleine has written several music books for harps and recorders.

In addition to music, Madeleine loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed hiking through the mountains, had a passion for travel, cared deeply for her numerous cats over the years and enjoyed spending time with her family. Madeleine had a great sense of humor, a wonderland zest for living and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Madeleine is preceded in death by her husband Andrew Herczog and is survived by her son, Edward Herczog, his wife Jill Herczog and their daughters Sarah and Michelle Herczog, all of Edmonds, Washington.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 16 at the Plaza Room at the Edmonds Library at 11:30 am. Donations in memory of Madeleine can be made to The Mitochondrial Research Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 10, 2016
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