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Mary Maday, 98

Mary Celia Maday, 98, Alexandria, died February 18, 2009.

She was born February 11, 1911 on a farm near Deerfield to Vincent and Veronica (Schreiber) Kedziora and was 11th of 18 children. At 2 weeks old, she was moved on a hay wagon to Owatonna.

At age 12, she became responsible for baking the bread for the entire family and for helping her older sisters care for their homes. She attended Owatonna schools.

Through her brothers she met her future husband. On April 14, 1931 she married Paul David Maday from East Chain at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Owatonna. Three children were born to the couple.

They lived in many South Central Minnesota towns, finally settling in Owatonna. Mary had many work experiences including youth residence supervisor, candy maker, dinner cook, chef, apartment manager and restaurant owner. She had a very green thumb and raised many houseplants and each year a huge garden. She had an eye for style and did much home decorating. She also did a lot of embroidery, crocheting, knitting and tailoring.

In 1993 she moved to Alexandria. She lived alone in her apartment carrying out all of her cleaning, shopping, banking and errands by herself until December 5, 2008, at the age of 97.

She performed many public services including chairing church committees, treasurer for a church organization, and a volunteer at nursing homes.

She will be remembered for her independence, her many capabilities, and her plucky attitude toward life.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Wilms, in 1961; by her husband, Paul Maday, in 1987; by her parents, and by all of her siblings.

She is survived by two children, David (Diane) Maday of Alexandria and LaVonne Peyrot of La Jolla, CA; five grandchildren, Becky Blackham of San Diego, CA, Stacie (Carl) Koch of Milwaukee, WI, Paul S. (Brenda) Maday of Alexandria, Chris (Wayne) Wieberdink of Alexandria, and Christopher (Laura) Wilms Sr., of West End, NC; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria by the Rev. Father Fred Fink on Tuesday, February 24. Mary was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Faribault, next to her husband. Honorary pallbearers were all of Mary's great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;