Madeline T. Marden


Madeline T. (Costa) Marden, 81, of Falmouth and formerly of Vineyard Haven, died at Falmouth Hospital on July 12, 2010, after a long illness. She was the wife of Willard Marden Sr. and the late Augustine Maseda, who died in 1979.

When she was a toddler, she moved to Martha’s Vineyard and was raised in Vineyard Haven. She attended school in Tisbury and graduated from Tisbury High School. While in high school, she was an excellent student and a cheerleader. Her sister was on the basketball team, and she cheered her on. In 1960 she moved to Falmouth and worked for many years in the cafeteria at Falmouth public schools. She also worked in home healthcare until she retired. Fishing, the beach, crossword puzzles, knitting, traveling, and Disney World were things that she enjoyed, but she mostly enjoyed being with her family and would often make ceramics for them.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert Maseda of Yarmouth, Deborah Conley of Falmouth, and Julie Marden of Ryegate, Vt,; sister, Irene Baugh of Oak Bluffs; stepson, Willard Marden Jr. of Oak Bluffs; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Kenneth Maseda, who died in 1983.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 56 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road., Oak Bluffs. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, July 16, at St. Augustine’s Church, Franklin Street, Vineyard Haven, followed by burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701. For online guest book and directions, please visit