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Madeline Holterhoff


Madeline, G., age 82, of Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Madeline was born and raised in Paterson. Already as a young girl, she knew that someday she wanted to be a school teacher. After graduation from Eastside High School Madeline pursued her dream, first earning her Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson Teachers College, and then her Master’s degree from Columbia University. She went on to enjoy a fulfilling career, having a positive influence on the lives of many students as a special education teacher with the Wayne Board of Education. She instituted the special education program at John F. Kennedy Elementary School and mostly also taught at Pines Lake Elementary and Lafayette Elementary School during her thirty-one years of service until retiring in 1994. Even after retirement, Madeline returned often as a dedicated volunteer tutor.

Public service was an integral part of Madeline’s very being. She greatly enjoyed serving others, using her gifts as a volunteer with the Wayne WINS Nutrition Center and with the Friends of Wayne Library where she’d frequently donate some hours to help sort the many books which were donated to the library.

Madeline enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States. She and two friends and her sister Nancy especially liked to visit national parks including Great Sand Dunes Park in Colorado, Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park in California, and Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. There were also several river boat trips up and down the Mississippi River that were especially enjoyable. Madeline was the best aunt that anyone could ever wish for. She loved being Aunt Madeline to her nieces and nephews and was known to spoil them a bit. They all will cherish great memories of how she would take them on adventurous vacations to such destinations as Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and the Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls straddling the New York and Canadian international border– all her nieces one year and all her nephews the next.

In 1979 and again in 1984, Madeline was afflicted with a benign tumor on her ocular nerve which left her blinded in one eye. While it was no-doubt a trial in her life, she took it in stride holding close to her faith, always trusting that God would see her through anything that she had to face in life. Her faith was nourished for over forty years as a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in the Mountain View section of Wayne and she prayed the rosary faithfully every day to help keep her focus on God. Her faith has now become sight, again in both eyes, as she rests in the arms of her loving savior, Jesus Christ.

Madeline is survived by dear brother George and wife Sandra Holterhoff of Manahawkin, NJ; dear sister Nancy and husband Fred Meenen of Englewood, FL; six much-loved nieces and nephews: Karen Pagliaro, Cheryl Albanese, George Holterhoff, Dr. Beth Ann Haynes, David Meenen, and Loren Barrows; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from the funeral home then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne where a 9:30 AM Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Madeline’s name are asked to consider St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, 761 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307-3831 (


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So sadden to hear the passing of Aunt Madelin; sending Prayers and Love to you all...xoxo

Kathy Ranges


Madeline was the kindest, sweetest & most generous person EVER! She was best friend to my Mom, DORIS SINOFSKY, & we have been privileged to know & love her for more than 40 years!!?? Mad will be sooo sorely MISSED, but she would have been the first to say "Don't mourn my loss, but celebrate my life!" Now Mad can grace heaven with a new ANGEL & her EBULLIENT PRESENCE... & say to her Mom, and all others she has already lost, " TOP OF THE DAY TO YOU!!" ???? Rest In Peace Mad, the struggle is over! Love ?? you! Linda Sinofsky

Linda Sinofsky


There are not enough words to say about my Aunt Madeline I miss you with all my heart. I will never never forget our family get together and the vacations with you and grandma.I will always love you and say hi to Grandma and Grandpa in heaven for me. You are the Angel !!!! love you Your niece Karen

Karen Pagliaro


So sorry to hear this news, I remember Aunt Madelin very well from our childhood walks to her house. RIP. Prayers to your family, xoxo

Joann Dura


I grew up next door to Madeline and her Mom and they became like family. Mad was one of the kindest people I will ever have known. She was a beautiful person and did so many thoughtful things and amazing work and never wanted accolades so it wasn't publicized. She positively affected many lives and will not be forgotten. I send my condolences to her family. I'm grateful to have known her and hope to be more like her one day.






Madeline was a special person. She was kind and loving; a good person. Madeline taught me about special education and differentiated instruction before it was "in vogue." Her teaching skills came naturally to her. As a colleague Madeline brought sunshine into the building. Loved hearing her morning greeting of "Top o the Mornin" to you. My prayers to your family. RIP Madeline.

Diane Mahoney


I was very saddened to read about Madeline. I was a friend of Madeline's in high school. She was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. Unfortunately, I married the following year after high school and lost touch with her. Very rarely in life, if you are fortunate enough, you know someone like Madeline. She was one of those people everyone loves. I consider it an honor to have known her. I am sure she had many loving arms waiting to embrace her. Rest peacefully, dear Madeline. Anna Marie (Farina) Simonetti

Ann Simonetti


My sincere condolences to Nancy, Fred, George,Sandy,and the rest of the Holterhoff family. Madeline was my family's next door neighbor for 40 years. When she moved to Cedar Crest two years ago it was so hard but the best thing she could do to remain independent, maintain her busy social life, not have the work of her yard. She was more than the perfect next door neighbor. She came with a wonderful mother and sister. Madeline and Mrs. H knew every bakery, candy store and ice cream parlor in New Jersey. My children never knew a time when Madeline was not sending cards for every holiday (and still did), signed them up for the Popcorn factory seasonal gift for their entire college years, was always there to help. When my husband died she reminded me to pay my taxes. We watched out for each other, when certain fruit was buy one, get one free we shared, went to lunch, made sure we were ok. There can only ever be one Madeline. Losing her is a painful loss. She is surely an example of the power of one to do good,be kind, serve God. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Fran Frommelt


I was very sorry to hear of the loss of this fine educator and special lady. Miss Holterhoff was my son's teacher in elementary school. She could be tough but she was always fair. My son claims that she was one of the best teachers he had and that she was a great influence in his life. I was grateful to her for instilling in her students so many important life lessons in addition to the basic curriculum. Miss Holterhoff had great expectations for her students and wouldn't allow the children to deliver less than what they were capable of. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Frances Hennen


So sorry to hear about Madeline's passing - I was a secretary at JFK when she volunteered her time and came to read to the students. She was so dedicated to the children and such a sweet lady. May she rest in peace.

Patricia Babich


I was so saddened to learn of Madeline's passing . We went to college together and had renewed our friendship after our special 50th reunion. Since then we enjoyed many lunch dates and wonderful times together. Madeline was a kind,thoughtful and selfless woman ! I will miss her and always remember our times together. Rest In Peace Madeline ... you were one of the best ! ??????

Marge Hasko


From all of us here at the office of Roberto Russo, DDS, you will be missed! Dr Roberto Russo Cathy Russo Dawn Alicia Rene Ali Rada Ewa

Roberto Russo DDS


Miss Holterhoff was my third grade teacher at Mountain View School in Wayne about 1963. She was a very encouraging teacher and took a special interest in me. I was pleasantly surprised to receive notes of congratulations from her upon graduating High School at Wayne Hills and making it into the National Honor Society and again upon receiving my B.A. in Human Communication from Rutgers. She was a great person and I am thankful out paths crossed and to have had her as a teacher.

Tim Belding


We were so sorry to here of Madeline's passing. She was our Maid of Honor at our wedding way back in 1956. She and I were friends throughout high school, and maintained our friendship throughout the years. We had moved to Florida and would get together each year when we returned to New Jersey to visit with family and friends. We had planned to get together the end of April, but God had other plans. Rest in peace dear Madeline. We will meet again one fine day. Lena & David Anthony

Lena and David Anthony

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