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MONICA ELIZABETH (BERCHTOLD) MCFADDEN Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Monica Elizabeth (Berchtold) McFadden, 97 years, was born on March 7, 1920 in Alexander, Illinois to parents, Stephen Theodore Berchtold and Mary Elizabeth Gier Berchtold. She grew up, the eldest of six, in the town of Sigel, Illinois. Monica was baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith and attended Catholic school in Sigel. She lived her faith throughout her life and inspired others to do likewise. She rode the bread truck into neighboring town, Effingham, Il. to attend high school. After graduating at 17, Monica worked to support herself and help her family. Over the next 18 years, Monica worked, traveling to Rockford, Il., Providence, R.I., Washington D.C., and then out west to Fort Lewis, WA. As an excellent typist, and position classifier, she was respected for her ability and integrity. Monica arrived at Camp Hanford, WA, working for the Civil Service. In 1954, Monica, met the love of her life, Hugh J. McFadden, at a church social, and they married the next year at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland. They made their home in Kennewick, WA, and had six children. Monica loved being a wife and mother. She was a creative seamstress and shared her skills in baking and canning. Sorrow in life came with losing infant daughter Ann, and later, son Jerome, at 35. Through their struggles and triumphs, Monica and Hugh remained committed for 56 years of marriage. As parents, Hugh and Monica encouraged their children's opportunities through a variety of experiences: religious education, extended family trips, and extra-curricular pursuits. When Hugh was away working as a welder in 13 states, Monica's duty was keeping the kids involved, encouraging participation in Science Fairs, Camp Fire Girls and Boy Scouts. She and Hugh were pleased that all three sons achieved Eagle Scout and that their five children were each able to graduate college in their preferred field. Monica was a long-time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kennewick and shared her Faith, serving over 20 years as a pre-school CCD religious educator. She was also a member of the Altar Society and Choir. Monica was a life-long learner and encouraged others to be the same. After raising their five children, she began attending Columbia Basin College, and graduated with a two-year degree. For several years, Monica tutored in Adult ESL classes, helping new immigrants to learn English. Almost two years ago, Monica faced daunting challenges after a stroke. With God's help, she faced her disability with courage, acceptance, and prayer. The family and staff of Grandridge Meadows Adult Family home loved Monica as she was - and gave Monica the opportunity to love little Masha and Israel. Monica spent her last days at the Chaplaincy Hospice House, where she continued to live her faith, until she died on March 12, 2017. She passed peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of family and friends. Monica was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Isabel Richards, and brother, Albert Berchtold. Her husband, Hugh J. McFadden, their son Jerome J. McFadden and daughter Ann McFadden also preceded her in death. Monica is survived by her daughter Mary McFadden, son Stephen McFadden, son Leon (Linda) McFadden, and grandchildren: Kristina, Danielle, Hollie, and Stephanie, and great-grandchildren: Jared, Cody, Andrew, Kayla, Maya, and Jonah. She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth McFadden (Harold R.(Hal) Jones), and grandchildren: Michael Jones, and Michelle Jones (Greg Noble), and great-grandchildren: Raven, Nathan, and Jewel. Monica is survived by her sisters: Sister DeMontfort (Gertrude) Berchtold and Marie (Jim) Knoke, and her brother Leo Berchtold and family. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews who have shown their love throughout her life and during her illness. Special thanks to all those who helped Monica, especially to niece Marilyn Rosenberg and friends Jeannine McShane, Janet Davis, and Rev. Richard Sedlacek, who ministered to her. Much appreciation for the love and kindness received from Grandridge Meadows Adult Family Home, Tri-Cities Home Health, Rosetta Olympia Assisted Living, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Trios Health-Southridge Hospital, and the Chaplaincy Palliative Care and Hospice House. The Memorial Mass for Monica E. McFadden will be held at the new St. Joseph's Catholic Church 506B Garfield Street, Kennewick, WA on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment to follow at Desert Lawn cemetery at 10th and Union. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 26, 2017