Madeleine Liedtka (nee’ Alpin) of Pennington, New Jersey, died on December 8, 2016, at the age of 86.
Mrs. Liedtka, a Bristol, Pennsylvania native, recently resided at Twining Village in Holland.
Madeleine’s life was rooted in the Delaware Valley. She was born October 29, 1930, grew up on Buckley Street in Bristol, and graduated from John W. Hallahan High School and the University of Pennsylvania’s school for dental hygienists, both in Philadelphia. After meeting Henry J. Liedtka Jr. at a dance in Langhorne, they married in 1954, and raised their family of seven children in Bristol and Trenton.
Madeleine’s devotion to St. Mark’s Church in Bristol, Blessed Sacrament Church in Trenton, and the Church of St. Ann in Lawrence were hallmarks of her life, as were her fierce devotion to and support for her family, including her beloved parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, children, grandchildren, and other family and friends. Her favorite pastime was her long-time participation in the women’s a capella singing group The Sweet Adelines, which took her to performances throughout the eastern US. Madeleine loved all things Irish, making multiple trips to Ireland and her ancestors’ native County Wicklow with her brothers and their spouses to explore their family origins. Madeleine and Henry spent much joyful time with their 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their retirement years. Henry died in 2011 after 57 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Jane Alpin, and her brother James.
She is survived by her brother Eugene and sister-in-law Mary Agnes Alpin, now of Wilmington, North Carolina; Gloria Alpin, her sister-in-law, of Wrightstown, NJ; as well as her seven children, Jeanne Marie Liedtka and Randall Salzman of Charlottesville, VA; Henry J. Liedtka III and Anne Dimoff of Montclair, NJ; James Liedtka and Patricia Furman of Scituate, MA; Michael Liedtka and Mary Jane Gavenda of Yardley, PA; Dr. Jane Liedtka of Washington, DC; Patrick Liedtka and Kathleen Darwin of Wyncote, PA; and, Theresa Liedtka and Patrick Sweetman of Chattanooga, TN.
We are grieving Mom’s loss, but are grateful for her long and fulfilling life.
A viewing will take place on Monday December 12 from 5 – 8 pm at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on Tuesday December 13 at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Mercer County, 171 Jersey Street, Trenton, NJ 08611.
Posted on 09 Dec 2016 by MFH