Madeline B. Witconis

February 15, 1918 - February 17, 2008

02/15/1918 - 02/17/2008

Past Services

Thursday February 21, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday February 22, 2008
11:00 am
St. John The Apostle Catholic Church
1968 Sandbridge Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Madeline B. Witconis

VIRGINIA BEACH- Madeline B. Witconis of Virginia Beach died February 17 at the home of her daughter, where she resided for the past 9 years.

She was born February 15, 1918 in Mahanoy City PA. Madeline was a retired chef from Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus.

In her retirement years Madeline enjoyed reading, needlecrafts, and the large array of clowns that she collected through the years.

The loves of her life were her grandchildren Michael, Marybeth, Christina, and Nikki.

She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Sunshine Club, Virginia Beach.

Madeline is survived by her daughter, Helenmary and son in law, Larry Reeves; grandchildren, Michael Miller, Marybeth Miller, Christina Miller, and Nikki Reeves; two Brothers, John Babinsky of Utah, and Paul Babinsky of Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Helen Steif and Joseph Babinsky; brother, Joseph Babinsky of Texas, and sister, Frances of Pennsylvania.

The visitation will be held at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel 1801 Baltic Avenue Virginia Beach on Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. John’s The Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 11:00am.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20006.

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Rosemary Markus Rowe
8 years ago

Dear Helen & Family, Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Her name put a smile on my face with good memories from Seven Sorrows Church and School. We talked about your Mother at the last Seven Sorrows Reunion. I still go up to Mahanoy City to visit the family buried in the Slovak Cemetary. I hope I can make it to the memorial service in the spring. God Bless you and your family.

8 years ago

Dear Helen Mary and the Beach Gang,

I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Nan. From swimming at your home in Middletown, to the parties at Grandpaps to her visits to Texas. I will miss her very much. May God Bless you all and keep you strong.

Love, Maryellen

Kathy, Joe & Kelly
8 years ago

Dear Helen Mary and the Beach Gang,

I will always remember Aunt Nan because she was larger than life. She was always the one person in the room that could not be missed. She had a lot of class & self confidence. She was also a great cook & I will miss her raisin pie. Who else will make raisin pie?

Our prayers are with you.

Bonnie Palmer
8 years ago

Helen Mary and Family,

I know that you will miss your mom more than anything. This quote was given to my daughter when my dad died. I treasure it and pass it along to all of you:


When someone dies, you don’t get over it by forgetting. You get over it by remembering, and you are aware that no person is ever truly lost or gone once they have been in our life and loved us as we have loved them.

I loved Aunt Nan and will remember her always.

May God bless all of you.

From way down here in San Antonio.

All my love and all my kisses,


Paul Babinsky
8 years ago

I have a ton of memories of spending time with Aunt Nan in Middletown, Mahanoy City, Scout Camp and the few visits to VA Beach. She told it like it was. She will be missed. I loved the video tribute it brought back some great memories. I love the commander in chief hat that says it all about Aunt Nan.


The Paul Babinsky, Jr and family

Karen Belfiore
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to Madeline’s family. She was a special lady and I am glad I got to know her. I loved her stories, even if she did exagerate a little. The video tribute was beautiful. I will miss her.

Bill Richmond
8 years ago

Our deepest condolences.

Bill Richmond and Family

Rob & Leslie Foster
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Helenmary, Larry & family. Madeline was such a character and we’re really going to miss all of her stories. And boy, did she have some. What a hoot! She’d have us laughing for hours. What a wonderful lady. We are privileged to have known her.

Kelly & Lou Rieder
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Joe & Nancy Wilson
8 years ago

We first met Madeline when she was camping with Helen Mary and Larry at Americamps. She was the only person we knew that was camping in their 80’s! She was such a great story teller. We will miss her! Americamps will not be the same without her!

Love, Joe and Nancy

John Douglas and Family
8 years ago

What a LADY! We miss you! I beleive we have as many pictures of granny as we do our twins. What memories. You could always count on her smile and knew she’d bring you up when you were low. She had an opinion on everything and normaly it was comical. She showered everyone with unconditional love and she loved hugs.

Her involvement with the twins club is how we met. Both kids only knew her as “granny”.

Her love for the outdoors, camping, knitting and fellowship was what kept her young. We love you.

Your extended family…The Douglas Family…John, Lynette, Samantha, and Kyle

Andy, Chris, Brett & Seth
8 years ago

When I think of Aunt Nan, I will always do so with a smile. She was one of a kind!

The Wolbachs
8 years ago

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.