Love and memories last forever...
  • 72 years old
  • Born on April 25, 1943 .
  • Passed away on November 18, 2015 .

Nona Madden (nee Schillaci), age 72, of Woodbury, passed away on November 18, 2015 at Shady Lane Nursing home, Clarksboro, with her children and Pepe, her pet Chihuahua by her side, after a long battle with dementia.

Nona adored Pepe, she had a love of animals and the beach, and was crazy about Elvis. She was a member of  St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Woodbury, for most of her life.

Beloved mother of Kenneth Dixon, Lisa Ayers and Barbara Cramer. Devoted grandmother of John Donaghy and Thomas Cramer IV. Dear sister of Norma, Antoinette, Bernadette, Lucille and Timothy.

Nona was predeceased by her parents, Anthony and Lucille, and siblings Leonardo, Anthony, Camille and Mary.

Family and friends are invited Sat., November 28, 2015 to her visitation from 10-11AM with services beginning at 11AM at FERTIG FUNERAL HOME, 63 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Interment is private at the convenience of the family.

Flowers will be accepted, however donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or at would also be appreciated.


Posted by Lisa Ayers on August 5, 2018
So much I want to tell you. Rest easy Mom
Posted by Lisa Ayers on November 28, 2017
Dear Mom,

I can't believe your gone. I’ve had no words, since you went to be with the Lord, only tears. Struggling with your passing, has been more a part of my life, than remembering the good times. I can finally put some sentences together, all this time later. It’s not that easy for me Mom. Writing this is stirring all the sadness inside me. But at the same time, gratefulness for being a part of your life.

On your birthday, is when I first began to celebrate your life. I ate at what you would call the do-wop shop. One time I had a cheeseburger. The second time, I ordered fried shrimp platter, piled high. Just the way you loved them. Followed by a few episodes of the Animal Planet.

I thought on the second year anniversary of your funeral, it would be nice to share a fond memory. As you are aware, I’ve had a love for singing and music since an early age.

When I was five yrs old, all I wanted for Christmas was a record player. You bought me a plastic turn table, with the capability to play vinyl records. I was so excited! You took us to Howard and Nan record store, in the Berlin Mart. I looked through many records, for quite some time. The sale associate played a sample of the records. I am grateful for your patience.

We also stopped at Golden Touch pretzel shop. Sometimes we were lucky enough to watch the pretzels being made. Mine with mustard please! You were tolerant of me. By playing the same vinyl record, over and over again. So I could write down the lyrics, and learn the song.

Years later, you bought us an organ and song books. I enjoyed playing for endless hours. Depression got the best of me. I gave up on music. I continue to have a love of music to this day. Thanks to your support, from the beginning. I have revisited the Berlin Mart to reminisce.

Thank you for encouraging music to be a part of my life. I still have the vinyl records, cassettes, including Elvis, and a turn table. They were such a huge part of my childhood, and continue to be strong into my adulthood. Like our relationship as mother and daughter. I miss and love you Mom.
Posted by Betty Swift on November 24, 2015
I got to love Nona at Shady Lane. She was a very sweet person and loved to be loved. I always stopped in her room just to give her a hug and a kiss on her head. She always had a smile and shared them always-She is at peace now and is praying for us I am sure
Posted by Barb Cramer on November 23, 2015
Rest In Peace Mom. You were one of the strongest, independent women I know. You taught us to always be strong, be happy, show love and caring for one another, keep faith in the Lord and to always have that determination it takes to make it through this life. I will miss your smile, your voice, your you.

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