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John M. Mader, age 95, of DeSoto, TX passed away December 24, 2020 at St. Joseph Village in Coppell, TX with his oldest daughter Kathleen Grondin at his side. He was born in Dedham, Iowa to Franz Xavier and Lillian (Hagen) Mader, the fifth of 6 children.

John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947, and met his wife Alice F. Clampet in 1952 while they both served at William Beaumont Hospital on Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX. John served 2 tours in Korea, a tour in France, and was also stationed in California, Michigan, and Texas during his military career. He retired from the Army in 1967 after 20 years of service. John was introduced to computers while in the Army and continued in this field as a civilian, working for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for 23 years, including a 6-year stint in Anchorage, AK. He retired as a computer programmer from AAFES in Dallas, in 1990. During his retirement, John volunteered his time with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lancaster, TX (where he was a parishioner for 35 years), and with Meals on Wheels and the DeSoto Independent School District. Throughout most of his life John was an avid bowler and took up Bridge and Pinochle during his retirement years, but he was best known for his love of team sports.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Alice, by his four brothers, August Mader, Paul Mader, George Mader, and Frank Mader, and his sister, Frances Badder. Survivors include his six children, Kathleen Grondin, Rose Marie Abbott (Mitch), Mary Ellen Muehlstein (Scott), Michael Mader (Sonia), Theresa Mader (Dan) and Mark Mader (Kim), 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a large extended family of nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private Mass of Resurrection at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, TX with live streaming capability on Thursday, Jan 14th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (1537 Rogers Ave Lancaster, TX 75134), or your local Meals on Wheels.

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Published in Star Local Media from Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2021.
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January 20, 2021
A few of my very special and favorite memories of my grandpa include the following:

1) When I was in high school I spent a few days in De Soto with just me and grandpa. I was worried we wouldn’t have enough to talk about or fill our time together but I was so surprised to see how he had a full itinerary for my visit including showing me the ropes with his meals on wheels volunteer work, going to a movie together, eating out together and enjoying some of his favorite shows and card games. It was really nice to have time for just the two of us.

2) When I stayed in Plano with Aunt Kathy for my PT clinical with Baylor Day Neuro, I went to go visit Grandpa to celebrate mass with him and when I met him in the chapel at St. Joseph’s, all of his friends asked who I was and he introduced me as his “friend” since his aphasia prevented him from being able to express that I was his grand daughter. I knew what he meant but it was really cool and special to also be regarded as grandpa’s friend and so sweet to see how proud and joy filled he was to introduce me to all of his friends at church.

3) When I had just found out I was expecting my daughter Kirbie ( I was about 8 weeks along), I was in Granbury visiting a close friend for her birthday and decided to go share the news with Grandpa since I was a close drive from Coppell. It was such a neat moment to share the exciting news that I would be a mother soon. I loved the look of pure joy on grandpa’s face when he learned the news that Otto and I were expecting. This was truly special since many of my loved ones were told over the phone but with Grandpa I got to see his full expression and even though he couldn’t voice it, I know he was very happy to gain another great grandchild.
Katie Segner
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