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Lillian Mae Madden

June 18, 1928 November 13, 2019
Lillian Mae Madden
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Lillian Mae Madden, age 91, of Onaway, died at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey on Wednesday November 13, 2019. The daughter of Kenneth and Bernice (Scherburne) Sonier, Lillian was born June 18, 1928 in Lansing. She married Leonard “Bones” Madden on July 3, 1949 in Onaway. They made their home in Harper Woods for many years before returning to Onaway in 1988 to enjoy their retirement years.

Lillian was a homemaker and also worked for General Safety of St. Clair Shores where she made safety belts for automobiles. An avid bingo player, luck was often on her side as Lillian won quite frequently. Dedicated to the game, she would drive through a blizzard or tornado just to make it to the bingo hall. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and plastic canvas crafts. She loved the outdoors, enjoyed fishing, and was always ready get in the car and go for a ride, especially if going out to eat would be involved.

Social and friendly, Lillian talked to everyone and enjoyed meeting new people. She had a fantastic sense of humor and was known for her uncanny ability to tell a tall tale. She was rather direct and totally honest so whether something was nice or awful, Lillian let others know what she thought. Loyal and devoted, she loved her family very much and was very close to her kids. Lillian’s memory will bring a smile to our faces as we remember her with love and fondness.

Lillian is survived by her daughters, Sheryl Madden and Tina (Ed) Penrod, both of Harper Woods; son, Kenny Madden of Onaway; grandchildren, Michael Madden of Onaway, Scott Penrod of Anchorage, Alaska, and Julie (Mark) Zschernig of Clinton Township; as well as her brother, Bill (Virginia) Sonier of Iron Mountain. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Geraldine Morgan; and infant brother, Carl Sonier.

Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home. A memorial service is being planned for the spring. Lillian’s final resting place will be at North Allis Township Cemetery. Please consider a donation in memory of Lillian to her family to help with final expenses.

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Event Information

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cemetery Details


North Allis Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

2725 North M-211 Hwy.
Onaway, MI 49765

2725 North M-211 Hwy. Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

To the family to help with final expenses


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