Mary Ann Patricia (Pat Bushway) Madden passed peacefully into Eternal Life surrounded by her husband and family on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Madison, at Unified Adult Family Home, after a yearlong battle with cancer and five years living with dementia.

Born March 17, 1927 in Claremont, N.H., to Sophie and Joseph Bushway, Mary Ann lived her early life there before moving to the Plainfield, Wis., area to live on her grandparents’ farm. The family moved to various cities in Sheboygan County before eventually settling in Sheboygan Falls.

She attended various high schools, but graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in the class of 1944, soon after turning 17, since she had skipped grades in elementary school due to her keen intellect and knowledge.

She started work as a bookkeeper, which led to her meeting the love of her life, her husband Roger, a union that lasted 61 years until her death. Married in Sheboygan on Aug. 2, 1952, Mary Ann and Roger started their family and made their home in Sheboygan Falls, where they raised six children, two daughters and four sons. They resided there until 2011 when they moved to Madison to be cared for by their daughter Kathleen due to advancing dementia.

Mary Ann was a loving, sociable, strong, vibrant woman, who fought for her convictions and was beloved not only by her family, but also many friends and acquaintances. Her priority was her family and she was a most beloved grandmother, sister, cousin, and had a life energy and strength to live life well and to the fullest. She celebrated her Irish birthday with gusto, loved polka and old-time country music, jokes, puns, and crossword puzzles. She used her great mathematical skills to play the Lottery and won quite a bit of money over the years. Not only was she a working mother with six children, she cared for nieces, nephews, grandchildren and neighbors. We owe a great debt for enriching our lives.

She is survived by her husband, Roger L. “Jim” Madden of Madison; her children and their families: Kathleen Madden (Tom Schoenfeld) and grandsons Nicholas, Madison and Kyle Schoenfeld, Seattle; Patricia Madden-Ripp, Columbus, and granddaughters Renee (Justin) Schutte and first great-grandson due in October, Madison, and Amber and Gwen Ripp, Milwaukee; Paul (Kathryn) Madden, Stoughton; Mark (Kathleen) Madden and grandchildren Eric, Melanie, Brianne and Caitlin Madden of Chicago; Robert (Marie) Madden and grandchildren Kimberly and Matthew Madden, Rockford, Ill.; James (Sue) Madden and granddaughters Michelle and Ashley Madden, Waunakee; sister, Mildred Schrader and brother, James Bushway, both of Clearwater, Fla.; in-laws: Mary and Les Schumacher, Janesville; Marjorie Reed, Janesville; Ruth Madden, Janesville; Maurice John Louret, Avoca; cousins, Edward and Annette Bushway, Buffalo, N.Y., and Lorainne Perkins, Hartford, Conn.; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews on both the Bushway and Madden families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Joseph Bushway; sisters, Margaret Bushway, in infancy, and Cecelia Dobrzynski; brother, Tony Bushway; mother-in-law, Mabel Louret, and son-inlaw, Floyd Ripp; brother-in-law, James Reed; nephew, Jeff Schumacher, and Aunt Nettie and Uncle Edward Bushway.

Donations can be made to the family or Jean Rose at Unified Adult Family Home.

Services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Internment took place at Hingham Cemetery following the Mass.

A memorial service is being planned in the near future in Madison.

Schneider Funeral Home & Life Tributes of Plymouth is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent through

The family would like to send out special thanks to Drs. Mary Thompson and Catherine James and all the staff at UW-Health Odana Atrium Clinic, Jean Rose and Unified Adult Family Home, staff at Agrace Hospice, and all the assisted living personal care staff that lovingly cared for Mary Ann, as well as the other professionals that assisted and worked with them over the last five years.

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