October 25, 1910 - November 18, 2012
Madeline Tomasicchio passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Nov. 18, 2012 under the loving care of her daughter, JoAnn, friends, and The Frontier House staff.
She was born Oct. 25, 1910, in New York City to Filomena and Michele Lomazzo, the oldest of six children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; her brothers, Nicholas and Leo; and her sisters, Mary and Jenny.
She is survived by her four children, JoAnn Marlin of Payson, Phyllis Altieri of Auburndale, Fla., Louise Halpern (David) of Raleigh, N.C. and Joseph Tornasicchio of Sedona; sister, Olga Pagano of Lynbrook, N.Y.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and long-time family friend, John Morgan.
Working at 14 to help support her family forced her to put her dream of becoming a teacher on hold. Unfortunately, that dream was never realized by a formal education. However, living for 102 years certainly provided her many opportunities to teach any number of people any number of things over the years.
She emulated her parents’ philosophy about life and gained her wisdom from all the trials she endured growing up and living in an era so different from today.
In 2005, she moved from New Paltz, N.Y. to Payson to live with her daughter JoAnn where she made many friends and enjoyed accompanying her daughter to numerous events and activities.
Madeline had a great love of God, country, family, and her fellowman. She sang “God Bless America” many mornings before breakfast.
Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Madeline loved her and were inspired by her kind heart, caring nature, willingness to help anyone, and fun-loving spirit. Her attitude was always positive; she pursued excellence in everything she did and encouraged everyone to do the same. One of her passions was dancing and she never refused anyone a turn on the dance floor. She truly was a blessing to the world and leaves a big void in the lives of many. We will always love you, writes her family.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Contributions in Madeline’s name may be made to the Time Out Shelter for Domestic Violence in Payson.