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Bernice (Colombie) Madeux
January 16, 1936 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Ellington- Bernice Colombie Madeux, 87, formerly of Torrington, CT, passed away on November 27, 2023, at The Ivy at Ellington Assisted Living.
Born in Torrington, CT on January 16, 1936, Bernice lived there until 2017 when she moved to Broad Brook, CT to be closer to her son and daughter. She moved to The Ivy in March of this year.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Michele Madeux and son-in-law Stephen Beaudet, Rebecca Madeux Staiger, Rachel Madeux Romano and son-in-law Joseph Romano, Jessica Madeux, and Martin Madeux. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Jason Staiger, Jonathan Staiger, Madeleine Romano, and Nicholas Romano; two step-grandchildren and their spouses, Melissa and Carlton Breiner, and Robert Russo and Julia Barnett; one great-grandchild Madison Staiger, and two step-great-grandchildren Arden Breiner and Windsor Breiner; a sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Robert Peters, and a sister-in-law Denise Colombie as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Burnley P. Madeux, her brother, Paul Colombie Jr., and her parents, Paul and Mary Colombie.
Bernice was the Valedictorian of her Torrington High School Class of 1953 and remained active in her high school yearly reunions and luncheons until she moved from Torrington. Bernice worked as a telephone operator and later as a customer service representative for Southern New England Telephone Company. She retired from there in 1991. She also worked for a time at the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut. During her retirement, she volunteered as a tutor in the Torrington Public School System. Bernice was active in the St. Francis of Assisi Mother’s Club when her children were attending school there. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader and Girl Scout Cookie Mom. She belonged to the Torrington Woman’s Club as well.
Bernice loved to read and do word puzzles, watch the New York Yankees, NASCAR racing, and cowboy movies, listen to Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, and follow the UConn Girls’ Basketball team. She enjoyed her yearly visit to Vermont to see the Fall foliage and browse the gift shops. She was also an avid supporter of the St. Labre Indian School.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 11:00a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 160 Main St., Torrington. Burial will follow in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. Friends may call Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00a.m. directly at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, Torrington, is in care of arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the St. Labre Indian School, 112 St. Labre Campus Drive, Ashland, MT 59003, www.stlabre.org.