Madeleine fine
Madeleine Eekels-van Galen Last
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 1, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    Bandung, Java, Indonesia
  • Date of passing: Sep 7, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Wassenaar, Netherlands
She has left a lasting impact on the Arts community, family and friends on both continents.

Madeleine overleed Sept 7 2016 in haar huis in Wassenaar Netherthands.
      We will remember her and miss her.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Fleur Vermeulen on 30th September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine,.
We zullen je gezelligheid en warmte missen, je was (samen met Herman) een van onze lievelings gasten.
We hopen dat jullie weer gezellig samen zijn.
Om met Herman's woorden te spreken "All the best"
Sterkte voor de familie.
Harry en Fleur (en alle collega's van Didong)"

This tribute was added by Sasha Hart on 28th September 2016

"Dear Sean,Kris and Galen,
We so loved Madeleine and were thrilled to have spent time last summer with her. My fellow ballerina! We exchanged many recital photos and ideas about ballet and music.We will miss her exuberance about life as well as her elegance and sweetness. I last saw you three as very young lads in Nashville but wish you and your families great strength at this difficult time. Beautiful Madeleine will be so missed but hopefully she is dancing amongst the angels with and for her beloved Herman!"

This tribute was added by Anne Brown on 25th September 2016

"My mind and heart are full of Madeline’s light in my life.  Raising children, negotiating careers, celebrating weddings, exploring travel sites, and navigating the challenges of aging are a few of the pictures I hold in my head. Some of these memories bring smiles, some bring tears and some bring hilarious laughter.
Some of the sweetest memories were her calls and her visit to me in Tbilisi, the year John and I were living in The Republic of Georgia. The  last time she was in Klosters she sent me a picture of the small tapestry that she bought in Tbilisi  as we strolled through old town.It was a picture of Georgian male dancers in full costume . It reminded us of the evening we spent at a restaurant overlooking the city.  Her beautiful smile attracted the attention of the near- by table of Georgian men and women.  We spent a great evening toasting and  sharing stories.  The men were inspired to show off their dancing - right out of Romeo and Juliet.  Madeleine was most appreciative of their talent. They were glorious with their amazing jumps.  Fortunately there were no swords.
I am very thankful that she was my friend."

This tribute was added by Samuel Ribeiro de Castro on 25th September 2016

"My Divissima Madeleine, Thank you so much for all being part of my life. Thank you for all the many fantastic memories we had together. You will forever stay in my heart. We will meet again in another place and continue our mission together, as if nothing has changed. I love you and there is not one day that you are out of my mind. Love from your Divissimo!"

This tribute was added by Bill Galloway on 22nd September 2016

"I feel so fortunate to have known Madeleine, both in my childhood in Nashville as the mother of my good friends – so sophisticated, exotic and accomplished (a ballerina with a Dutch accent!) – and later as a dear, dear friend who came to our wedding in Ireland and whom we visited in Wassenaar and Klosters. She was so posh and down-to-earth at the same time – a rare enough combination – and so very generous, loyal and sweet-natured. One among many things I have treasured so much and will miss so sorely is her mischievous, almost wicked sense of humor, so evident in the photos I’ve posted with my wife Iris, whom, like me, she had in stitches so many times."

This tribute was added by Heidy van den Berg on 21st September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine, het was een voorrecht om zo dichtbij jou te mogen zijn gedurende het afgelopen jaar. Ik deed verwoede pogingen om zo goed mogelijk voor je te zorgen, maar dat was best een dingetje... Dan kwam ik om iets "verpleegkundigs" te doen en voor dat ik het wist zat ik aan een uitgebreide koffie- of thee-tafel, inclusief koekjes en chocolaatjes op een keurig schaaltje... of aan de lunch... of aan de borrel met diverse nootjes en zoutjes... Het leek wel de omgekeerde wereld: jij zorgde vooral ook zo goed voor mij!
Ik mis onze dagelijkse telefoontjes om klokslag 9 uur in de morgen, niet in het weekend want dat vond je dan weer zielig voor mij, even horen hoe de nacht was geweest en elkaar een prettige dag toewensen. Het was bijzonder en bewonderenswaardig om van de zijlijn te zien hoe jij vorm gaf aan je keuze voor kwaliteit van leven boven kwantiteit. Veel van je geleerd en vooral erg genoten. Dank je wel voor alles, heb het goed waar je ook bent (hopelijk weer samen met Herman)!

Liefs, Heidy"

This tribute was added by Wil van Overloop on 21st September 2016

"Dear Madeleine,
I admired you a lot, you were a woman with a mission. Thanks for all the beautiful moments, especially during our time together in Klosters. I was the only not-dancer..... My feet are parallel......
You will always be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Sabine Kaars Sijpesteijn on 21st September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine, de lerares die mij kennis heeft laten maken met het ballet! De uitnodiging voor de reünie was een hele gezellige gelegenheid om u weer te zien en vooral de vele mensen bij jouw thuis toonden aan hoe belangrijk jij bent geweest voor velen van jongs af aan. Ik ben heel blij dat ik er ook bij mocht zijn en zal mij dit altijd blijven herinneren. Heel veel liefs, Sabine"

This tribute was added by nigel morrison on 19th September 2016

"Hi Madeleine, This medium of leaving you a message is beautiful and the music is inspirational. It brings you into the room and all i want to to say is you were the best, what a wonderful life. You undoubtedly will be 'forevermissed'
Love Nigel, Livie and Noni"

This tribute was added by Jessica Brogdon on 19th September 2016

"I have many fond memories through my childhood of Madeleine visiting my grandmother Darnelle in Arkansas. I even remember Madeleine's mother Wilhemina, and her quiet strength forged through the prison camp during WWII. Madeleine was beautiful inside and out, and a true lady in every sense of the word. Her laugh was contagious and her elegance was unmatched. I'm grateful for the interest she showed in our children, especially Rebecca's dance. Sending my love to Galen, Sean and Kris...I know you will miss her always, as will I!
Love, Jessica Gentry Brogdon"

This tribute was added by Loes Veldhoven on 19th September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine
Veel dank voor de goede tijd,die we samen,ook nog met Herman hebben doorgebracht.
Je blijft in onze herinnering!
Willem en Loes Veldhoven"

This tribute was added by Joe and Pam Gentry on 18th September 2016

"I'm writing this for Darnelle Gentry Friar as a tribute to her beloved Madeleine.  She was her daughter in LOVE for many years.  Dar kept the picture I just posted of the them together on her dresser with all her other family pics. They never missed a birthday or holiday without sending cards and calling each other through the years.  They were kindred spirits in their love of beautiful things, especially flowers."

This tribute was added by Anne Muller on 18th September 2016

"As the song goes " i always thought i'd see you again."  Ours was the kind of friendship that, even with long gaps and an ocean between, could pick up at any time and place.  

Many years ago, when we both lived in Nashville, TN, Madeleine and i taught ballet together at Dancers Studio. We thought of ourselves as two halves of one job.

A precious memory is our first recital in her backyard - little girls in pink and white dancing joyfully to music by Gottshalk and Poulenc.

The memories - there are so many - all carry the spirit of that recital.  it seems, no matter where we were or what we were doing, we were always in a sense dancing together joyfully.  The love and joy, my gratitude for it, remains in my heart."

This tribute was added by Anne Muller on 18th September 2016

"As the song goes " i always thought i'd see you again."  Ours was the kind of friendship that, even with long gaps and an ocean between, could pick up at any time and place.  

Many years ago, when we both lived in Nashville, TN, Madeleine and i taught ballet together at Dancers Studio. We thought of ourselves as two halves of one job.

A precious memory is our first recital in her backyard - little girls in pink and white dancing joyfully to music by Gottshalk and Poulenc.

The memories - there are so many - all carry the spirit of that recital.  it seems, no matter where we were or what we were doing, we were always in a sense dancing together joyfully.  The love and joy, my gratitude for it, remains in my heart."

This tribute was added by Joe and Pam Gentry on 17th September 2016

"Madeleine was part of our family and we always looked forward to her visits to America.  She visited Dar in Hawaii and in Arkansas and we made every effort to spend time with her during every visit, because she was such a joy to be with.  She made everything special from formal dinner parties to picnics which she and Dar both loved so much. We always loved sharing pics and stories about our grandchildren.  She was so interested in Rebecca's ballet and Ben's golf. She adored her grands and cherished her time with each of them.  The last time we talked to her was when she called to wish Joe a Happy Birthday, which she did every year.  Joe tells a funny story about the first time he met her years ago....He thought she was the most beautiful woman he had seen and his comment was "How did Hal get her!" LOL.  She invited me to visit her in Holland and I truly regret I never made that trip. Her passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and we will never forget her.   She loved her boys more than life and our hearts are heavy for Galen, Sean, Kris and their families.  Kris, thanks for giving us this website to share just a few of our many sweet memories of beautiful Madeleine(cha) (forgive my english "phonetical" spelling of that), but I can still hear Wilhelmena calling her by that name. Our thought and prayers will be with all of you on Sept 30, and beyond."

This tribute was added by Jane Poerwoatmodjo on 17th September 2016

"Dulces ante omnia Musae
Madeleine, mijn lieve Muze, schepster van het schone, zonnestraal, inspiratiebron, mijn schat, je leven ging boven alles. Blijf bij iedere voorstelling naast mij zitten, deel met mij de zon, het licht, de kleuren en de muziek en bovenal de dans."

This tribute was added by Gerard Lemaitre on 15th September 2016

"10 augustus Gerard and I mailed Madeleine after bringing some 'viskoekjes' which she adored so much. From now on we call them Madeleintjes. Madeleine responded our email. We're so happy to express our feelings to la grande dame

dd 10.08.2016
Lieve Madeleine,

Heerlijk je vandaag te zien. Dank je voor alles wat je voor Gerard gedaan hebt. Jullie hebben samen zo veel plezier gehad. Je betekent heel veel voor hem.
Je hebt mij (Paul) enorm geïnspireerd; weer van het leven te houden zoals het is. We hopen dat je de mooiste reis gaat maken.

Met heel ons hart, voor altijd!
Gerard en Paul

dd 11.08.2016
Van Madeleine,

Lieve vrienden
Ga ik doen !!
Dank en liefs aan jullie !
Kus , Madeleine"

This tribute was added by Babs Haenen on 15th September 2016

"She told me, when they take a picture open your eyes!
I look at the pictures and realize she always smiled.
I will try!"

This tribute was added by jan van den berg on 13th September 2016

"Lieve mevrouw Eekels, wat hebben wij een plezier gehad met/in uw tuin! het terrasje van Fleur,de waterlelie van Jan(altijd bloeiend op uw verjaardag ,ook dit jaar weer ,) de uitstekende zorg van Corne . meer dan 35 jaar herinneringen en verhalen. you'r unforgetteble ! Thanks ."

This tribute was added by Morris and Anelise Sheehan on 13th September 2016

"Looking at the photos brings back memories of New Orleans when we first met, of visits to Nashville, Wassenaar and Klosters, of Madeleine with Herman, of her love for her family and for her work.
How lucky we were to have her in our lives.
Annelies and Morry Sheehan"

This tribute was added by EVELINE DANGEL on 13th September 2016

"Dear Madeleine,  we will miss you in Klosters but we will think of you in good memories. Love Eveline❤️"

This tribute was added by Karin Vogelenzang on 12th September 2016

"Mein liebes Schätzchen, Wat zal ik jou missen, jij was een hele lieve vriendin en een geweldige vrouw. Wij kennen elkaar sinds 2001. Samen met een groep andere vrienden de jaarlijkse stedentrip. Samen, met Herman nog , een abonnement op het concertgebouw met vooraf eten in Amsterdam. Ons bezoek aan Klosters en later ons samenzijn, altijd even gezellig en warm. Jij hebt mij van het ballet laten genieten en ik mocht een paar keer helpen bij een uitvoering in jouw studio om de kinderen te verkleden. Vergeten zal ik jou nooit maar heel erg missen.

My darling, I shall miss you so much, you were a very dear friend and a  great  woman. We have known each other since 2001. With a group of friends we made annual city trips. The four of us, with Herman of course, subscribed  to concerts in the Concertgebouw, preceded by dinner in Amsterdam. We visited Herman and you in Klosters. Later we spent much time together; you were such a warm and sociable person.
You taught me to enjoy ballet, and I had twice the privilege of helping you in your studio to dress children for a performance.
We shall never forget you and will miss you very much."

This tribute was added by Christian Scheen on 12th September 2016

"Dear Madeleine ,

To my great sorrow , I have just learned that you are no longer with us. You were and remain one of the greatest personalities I've ever known. Thanks for all the pleasure you have given us. XX Karin and Chris"

This tribute was added by britta landheer on 12th September 2016

"Dearest friend Madeleine,
Thank you for all the great moments together.
Specially the skiing trip to Kloosters with your children many years ago I will cherish forever, You will be missed, love britt"

This tribute was added by Ariel Muller on 11th September 2016

"you are the epitome of grace and humour to me, you are an example that grace isn't about striving for a type of perfection, but a type of ease of response to the unexpected things. And while I can't name a specific (or maybe it was  something about your europe-ness to this american southern girl) you also remind me the importance of bringing quality and elegance to a meal...presence in that moment when we sit down and share and be present with one another. thank you, i'll carry the lessons forward...love to your family during this time of loss..."

This tribute was added by Angelique Hetzler on 11th September 2016

"Op het R.K. Lyceum voor Meisjes in Den Haag kenden we allemaal "Madje". Om twee redenen: ze was ontzettend mooi, ze liep altijd zeer elegant op haar ballerina's  en zij was degene die naar de gouverneur van Little Rock was gegaan om hem te vertellen dat het niet goed ging met de rassendiscriminatie aldaar.
Ze bereikte daarmee de krant. Wij, leerlingen van twee klassen lager, keken enorm tegen haar op. Wat een durf!"

This tribute was added by Marc Jonkers on 10th September 2016

"Madeleine was een groot fan van het Holland Dance Festival sinds de komst van het befaamde New York City Ballet in 1989. Zij had daar ook wortels en ze kon een week lang genieten van unieke voorstellingen. Daarna is ze altijd een 'fan' van mijn werk en van het HDF gebleven. Al zagen we elkaar vaak lang niet, als dat gebeurde dan was het altijd een inspirerende ontmoeting. We zullen haar aanstekelijke dansziel missen.
Marc Jonkers, ex directeur Holland Festival (Dans) en Holland Dance Festival."

This tribute was added by Ann Parker on 10th September 2016

"Dear Madeleine,  Your beauty was noted by everyone who met you.  At the University of Arkansas you were a queen. In Nashville you brought classic dance to the young and it's still celebrated there by all who enjoy ballet.  You made friends wherever you were and your wonderful sense of humor decorates my thoughts today. I shall miss you for the rest of my own life."

This tribute was added by Toine Kappelhof on 10th September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine, we leerden je pas laat in je leven kennen en je hebt een grote en blijvende indruk op ons gemaakt. Met je passie voor dans en door wie je was zullen we je nooit vergeten. We zijn dankbaar je te hebben ontmoet. Trudi en Toine x x

Dear Madeleine, we met you late in your life and you made a big and lasting impression on us. With your passion for dance and because of who you were we shall never forget you. We are thankful to have met you. Love, Trudi and Toine x x"

This tribute was added by Bernadette Kijzers on 10th September 2016

"Lieve Madeleine, dank je wel voor het enorme plezier dat we samen gehad hebben. Je hebt me zoveel gegeven. Je blijft voor altijd in mijn hart! X
Dear Madeleine, thank you for all the fun we have had together. You have given me so much. I will always keep you in my hart!X"


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