Elizabeth R. Madison of Ocean City dies Oct. 16


Elizabeth R. Madison (nee Gallagher), 86, died peacefully Oct. 16, after a brief illness, at her Ocean City home surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of the late Patrick F. Madison; mother of Patrick and daughter-in-law Margaret (nee McKee); Kathleen; Joan and son-in-law Michael Velsmid; Beth and son-in-law Gary Pasternak; loving nana of Michael and Jeffrey Madison, Lauren and Brian Pasternak; and great-grandmother of Andrew Madison. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Kathryn (nee Doyle) Gallagher of Camden; the sister of the late Msgr. Paul R. Gallagher, former pastor of St. Mary in Cherry Hill, and the late Joseph P. Gallagher of Haddonfield, educational administrator. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marie (nee Kaufmann) Gallagher and several nieces and nephews.

Affectionately known as “ Betty,” she led a life of love and service to her family, friends, church and community. In the early years, Betty devoted countless hours to parochial school activities, the Brazilian Missions work and other volunteer efforts. She was a faithful communicant at Transfiguration Parish in West Collingswood. Her cheerful, positive attitude left a lasting impression on those who knew her.

In later years, Betty enjoyed living near the ocean in the town the Madisons frequented every summer when the children were younger.

Funeral services were held Oct. 21, at St. Augustine Church, Ocean City, New Jersey. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The family suggests donations in Elizabeth’s memory to Holy Redeemer Hospice, 1801 Route 9 North, Swainton, NJ 08210. To email condolences, www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.