Madelyn V. Hildebrand, 81, died peacefully at her home on Friday, September 16, 2011.
She was born on January 12, 1930, in Scranton, Pa. the devoted daughter of John G. & Louise (Phillips) Hildebrand. A lifelong member of St. Ann’s Basilica, she attended the parish school for 12 years, graduating from St. Ann’s High School in 1947. She continued to support the parish for her entire life and was a yearly volunteer at the annual Solemn Novena.
After graduation, Madelyn was employed at ICS (International Correspondence Schools) and on September 9, 1950 she married George L. Popovich (deceased) and had five children. She is survived by four sons, Michael L. and his wife Susan, Burnsville, Minnesota; James F. and his wife Dorothy, Scranton, Pa.; Patrick J., Olyphant, Pa.; Stephen G. and his wife Heather, New Baltimore, Michigan and her cherished daughter, Maricarol A., Scranton, Pa. with whom she made her home for the past 18 years. She was the very proud Nana of 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Madelyn is also survived by a brother Gerard J. and Jeanne Hildebrand, Southern Pines, NC, two sisters, Louise A. Butler, Vestal, NY and Sally (Bold) and Edward Frick, Pinehurst, NC., several nieces and nephews.
Madelyn spent many happy years living in the Montreal, Canada area. In 1985, she returned to Scranton to care for her mother and once again resided in the Hildebrand homestead at 1132 Bryn Mawr Street. During this time, she was employed by Anemostat and the Empereal Room, Scranton. Madelyn will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. She was a thoughtful person who never missed a family occasion always sending cards and boxes of presents near and far. But throughout the years, Madelyn most loved to be with her grandchildren and made numerous trips to be with them. She will forever be remembered in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and siblings.
In accordance with Madelyn’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 2pm in St. Ann’s Basilica St. Ann St. Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 2300 Adams Ave Scranton 18509.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home