Irene K. Madden, 82, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Enfield, died on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully with the love of her family near after a brief period of declining health.
Irene was born the daughter of the late Lucy (Henry) and Robert Kennedy on February 27, 1937 in Swanzey. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1955.
On June 23, 1956 she married Milan Madden in Keene. Sadly, Milan passed on February 18, 2005 after forty-nine years of marriage.
She worked as a baker and cafeteria assistant for the Mount Caesar School in Swanzey for ten years until her retirement in 1990. Afterward, she was a nanny and day care provider locally for many years. One of her great joys was being able to nanny several sets of twins.
Irene enjoyed working in her flower gardens, crossword puzzles, baking and was an avid reader. Irene also loved a competitive game of cribbage. She was always happy to be around children and babies and was the ultimate baby sitter, whether for family or friends. She was very giving and caring, and always put others before herself. Her time also was spent giving of her skills to work at the First Congregational Church in Swanzey, assisting with church suppers. Irene was a classy, strong, independent lady. She was a role model to many.
Mrs. Madden is survived by her children; David S. Madden and his wife, Donna of Fitchburg, MA. and Jason E. Madden and his wife, Dianna of Westmoreland. Two daughter in-laws; Laura Madden of Walpole and Kelly M. Madden of Troy. Her siblings; Dorothy Ingram of Swanzey, Marion Bedard and her husband, Armand of Swanzey, Bob Kennedy of Winchester, Patricia Barker, of Cape Cod, MA. She also leaves seven grandchildren; Brandon Madden, Ryan Madden, Krista Sheehan, Brody Madden, Hayley Madden, Kurtis Madden and Heather Madden. In addition, Irene will be missed by her six great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is pre-deceased by her sons; Glenn A. Madden (9/26/ 2017) and James T. Madden (11/5/2016) and brothers, George, William, and Joseph Kennedy.
A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 10 to 11am. with a celebration of life service to follow at 11am., all in the First Congregational Church of Swanzey, Old Homestead HWY, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Burial will occur in the family lot after services at Mountain View Cemetery in Swanzey, Old Homestead HWY, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Irene K. Madden to: First Congregational Church of Swanzey or to: Swanzey Public Library, C/O Swanzey Town Hall, 620 Old Homestead HWY, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com