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Rita Marie Madden
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Mrs. Rita Marie (Hameline) Madden, 94, passed away peacefully, with loving family by her side, Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Chestnut Residence at the Sitrin HCC.

Rita was born in West Utica on February 14, 1923, a daughter of the late Arthur and Anna (Pfisterer) Hameline. She attended local schools and graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School. Later, Rita continued her education at the College of New Rochelle, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

As a teenager, she was a Candy Striper at Faxton Hospital and later worked in the office of the family business, Hameline’s Dairy.

In 1948, on a blind date, Rita met the love of her life, Thomas J. Madden. The couple was soon married on September 10, 1949. Together, they built T.J. Madden Construction Co., Madden Concrete, and later Rita purchased Central Steel Erecting Co.; a company where she was President and received her MWBE certificate (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises). The businesses existed for over fifty years.

Tom and Rita lived in New Hartford, where they raised their six children and shared a loving marriage for over forty-two years. Her beloved Tom passed away on November 15, 1991.

Rita was a longtime member of the Yahnundasis Golf Club, Quail Run Golf Club in Naples, the Fort Schuyler Club, the St. Elizabeth Guild, St. John the Evangelist Church, and St. Andrew Catholic Church in Naples.

Rita enjoyed her home and loved to redecorate it. She loved to be with her family, but, especially loved her social life with her many lifelong friends and attending parties and especially dancing with her beloved "Twinkle Toes".

She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Celeste Madden and Larry Consenstein, of Waitsfield, VT, Marcia and Gary Scalzo, of New Hartford, Sheila and Gene Miles, of N. Syracuse, and Diane Madden-Dawson, of NYC; a son, Thomas Madden Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Connie Madden, of New Orleans; grandchildren, Caleb Consenstein, Alissa Consenstein, Sheila (Scalzo) and Brian Rixon, Stacey (Scalzo) and Stephen Guido, Zachary Scalzo and Kasumi Mori, Nicholas Tofani, Dana (Tofani) and Peter Guertin, James Dawson, Candace Madden, Caitlin Madden, and Thomas Madden; great grandchildren, Jack Rixon, Evan, Addison, Casey and Luke Guido; two sisters-in-law, Joan Madden and Leona Hameline; and also many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her beloved son, Paul K. Madden, who was always in her heart; two brothers, Harold Hameline and Arthur Hameline Jr.; and a great grandson, Axel Rixon.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford. The family will greet visitors from 10 a.m. to the start of mass at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Chestnut Residence, especially, Rachael and Shannon, for the loving care and compassion shown to their mother during her stay.

In lieu of flowers, please consider in Rita’s memory, the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Guild, National Right to Life, or your own favorite charity. Donations may be made at the service.
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Marcia, Sheila, Celeste and Diane, Thank you so much for the honor of taking care of your mom. She was the sweetest woman I have ever met. She made coming to work so much easier! I am going to miss her smile and her laugh. RIP my sweet dear Rita. We will forever miss you! We will also miss seeing your faces all the time. We will miss seeing you all here in the Chestnut house!

Written by shannon bernier
2017-09-09 1:57:58 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss you are all going through.. I miss Rita dearly, I miss coming into work to see her vibrant smile and contagious laugh. I'll miss seeing all of you everyday while you visited Rita. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Rita, you're so beautiful.

Written by Rachael Dygert
2017-09-09 2:03:18 PM

Sheila we are so sorry for your loss. May memories of your mother and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

Written by Chris & Stephanie Lalone
2017-09-10 11:53:53 AM

For all in Rita's family my deepest regrets for your loss. Rita was truly a compassionate and loving lady.

Written by Jane Baird
2017-09-10 4:31:14 PM

Sheila/Gene and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of everyone at this sorrowful time.

Written by Amy and Charlie Williamson
2017-09-11 12:56:12 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Madden family on your loss. I had the privilege of meeting Rita many years ago and still have fond memories of it. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Vic Fariello

Written by Victor Fariello
2017-09-11 2:40:18 PM

Sheila, Gene and Family-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sue and John Duerr

Written by Susan & John Duerr
2017-09-11 2:58:45 PM

Sincerest condolences from the Olson family to the Madden family on Rita's recent passing. Growing up in New Hartford in the 1960-70's we lived on Gilbert Road not far from the Madden's. Although it had been many years since I saw Rita, I remember her as a very elegant lady. Madden Construction gave me my first Summer job after High School which I so much appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Madden family in this difficult time. Mark Olson

Written by Mark Olson
2017-09-13 3:18:37 PM