Madeline Mary (Bigoski) Baron, 87, affectionately known as Tootie, Tootsie, Toots and Trudy, formerly of Hemlock Street, Swoyersville, died Saturday morning, January 1, 2011, at New Seasons Senior Living, Clarks Summit.
Her husband was the late Andrew J. Baron, who passed away April 27, 2002. Andrew and Madeline were married for 52 years.
Born September 19, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, Madeline was a daughter of the late Frank and Madeline (Yurgalevitch) Bigoski.
Raised in Wilkes-Barre, Madeline had resided in Swoyersville from 1949 to 2006.
Madeline was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of 1941.
For four years during high school, Madeline was a member of the Grenadiers Cheerleading Squad.
Madeline was a member of Holy Name/Saint Mary’s Parish Community, of Swoyersville.
Prior to her retirement, Madeline was employed as a cosmetologist for two years for the Bon-Ton, of Wilkes-Barre, and before that, she was employed as a cosmetologist for 25 years for the former Pomeroy’s Department Store, of Wilkes-Barre.
Also, Madeline worked alongside her husband in the family business, Baron’s Seafood, formerly of Swoyersville.
In her earlier years, Madeline was employed for the former Neisner Brothers, both in Wilkes-Barre and Washington, D.C.
Always the gracious hostess, Madeline enjoyed the company of family and friends. She set a beautiful table and prepared sumptuous meals for parties and holidays.
Madeline had a wonderful smile and laugh. She was generous and kind. She absolutely loved people and would talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
She loved to shop and she dressed beautifully. Every picture ever taken of her was a good one.
Her cheerleader enthusiasm never left her, especially in regard to her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Frank and Madeline Bigoski, and her husband, Andrew, Madeline was also preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas Bigoski and Frank Bigoski Jr.; her sister, Frances Bigoski Fischbach; and her nephew, Frank Bigoski, III.
Madeline is survived by her son, Andrew J. Baron Jr., and his wife, Joan E. Carey, La Plume, Pa.; and her grandchildren, Andrew J. Baron III, Mountain View, Calif., and Sara E. Baron, Appalachin, N.Y.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Dorranceton United Methodist Church, 549 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with her granddaughter, the Reverend Sara E. Baron, officiating. Family and friends are kindly asked to meet directly at the church Friday morning. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bear Creek. Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
For additional information or to send the Madeline’s family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Madeline’s memory to the Bethel A.M.E Homeless Shelter, 716 Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503, or to UMCOR, Haiti Emergency, Advance No. 418325, P. O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.