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2015-02-26 / Front Page

Katherine B. Madey to celebrate 105th birthday


Katherine B. Madey Katherine B. Madey Birthdays mark life’s milestones, with few as rare as 105.

On Tuesday, March 3, Katherine B. Madey will celebrate her 105th birthday with friends and family at Eden Heights of West Seneca.

Madey moved into the assisted living facility about 10 years ago, according to her son, Timothy, who is 72.

Born in 1910, Madey spent her life as a homemaker, living in Niagara Falls with her husband, Edward, who served as a fire captain.

“When my father became ill, I moved her to Williamstowne Apartments because it’s closer to me. I live in Orchard Park,” her son said.

When Edward died in June 2002, that prompted Madey’s son to move her closer to his home. He said he was later forced to move her into Eden Heights in 2004 when she developed macular degeneration.

According to her son, Madey was active at Holy Trinity Church and was the oldest, and one of the founding members, of the church’s senior group before the church closed.

“She was a member of the choir, the mother’s club,” he said. “She was quite active in the Niagara Falls community.”

According to her son, Madey has an outgoing and generous personality and took part in many organizations in Niagara Falls when they lived there.

Madey’s son, who was an only child, said he remembers time with his mother fondly, his favorite memories being family vacations to Long Beach, Ontario, in the 1940s and ’50s.

“We had a cottage on Stoney Lake in Peterborough, Canada,” he said, adding that the family would spend the summer on the lake. He said the summers were a chance for them to escape the routine of everyday life and spend time with friends.

Madey enjoyed passing her time doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, cross-stitching and baking. Her hobbies, which required reading, wavered with her vision over the years, but she still likes to be involved, according to her son.

“She makes an excellent pie. She loves to bake,” he said.

Now at Eden Heights, Madey participates in sing-alongs and activities at the facility.

Madey was the oldest of five children — two boys and three girls — and is the only living sibling.

“She attributes her longevity to walking and having a glass of wine every day,” her son said.

Madey has one grandson and two great-grandchildren.

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