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Madalyn Diana

January 13, 1943 March 29, 2018
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Madalyn L Diana

January 13,1943 -March 29,2018

Madalyn (Purdue) Diana, a lifelong resident of Middletown, NY passed away Thursday, March 29th at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center , New York City . She was 75 yrs old.

She was the daughter of the late Wallace and Marion Purdue, and she was also predeceased by her sister Betty- Jo Cronin .
She is survived by her husband of 49 yrs, Michael F. Diana Jr; her 2 beloved children; daughter, Michelle Diana- Andres and her husband David of Lewis Center, OH; her son Matthew Diana and his wife Lisa of Middletown, NY; her 3 grandchildren who were the joys of her life; Arianna and Mackenzie Diana, and Hunter Andres; her nephew Gregg Sayers, nieces Stacie Sayers-Carilli ,Beth Sayers Lome, Danielle Diana- Smith and Lindsay Diana Shepherd.; She is also survived by her best buddies, Kathleen Patterson, Sandra Strohsahl, Tootie Canonico ,Dee Dee (Carol )Dobrowolski, Bonnie Maurizzio and many others.

A Middletown High School graduate, Madalyn continued her education at Orange County Community College, graduated from S.U.N.Y New Paltz with a degree in Education, and taught at Pine Tree Elementary school in Monroe, NY for over 30 years. Once retired she devoted her newfound time to her grandchildren, spending many hours with them on arts and crafts, baking and cooking projects ,shopping.

Madalyn then joined the Children’s Enrichment Committee (formally the Citizen’s Welfare Committee ) and was the proficient treasurer for 18 years, as was her mother before her. Her love of children extended to the homeless cats who showed up at her door with the uncanny knowledge that she could never turn them away.

Her passions included working on the Sunday NY Times Crossword puzzle ,and reading books while floating in her pool and getting “ crispy” as she would say, watching every single talk show that came on during the week and watching crazy British Television shows. She had a never ending love for Mark Harmon and NCIS; and of course her Dunkin’ Donuts- medium ice coffee, decaf, black 2 sugars .

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Joseph's Church, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown, NY 10940. Entombment will follow in the Queen of Peace Mausolem at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
To honor her love and concern for children and the cats, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Children’s Enrichment Committee, PO Box 297 , Middletown , NY 10940 and/or The Country Cats, PO Box 176 Sparrowbush , NY 12780.
Our lives have forever been changed… we love you to the moon and back Momma.
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