February 25th is Madison’s "Golden Birthday" as she would have turned 25 on February 25, 2020. To help us celebrate this day, we invite you to honor her with the words of Matthew 5:16: take your candle, go light your world.
We are memorializing Madi with contributions to two of the places which most significantly helped light her own candle. The University of Pennsylvania's Newman Center provided friendship, prayer groups, retreats and homeless outreach. Their new banquet hall is named in her honor. We also hope to make another significant contribution in her name to Salpointe Catholic’s new Center for the Arts.
Through the mentorship of her wonderful high school teachers, Madison’s desire to serve God by serving others took root. She was active in the school’s campus ministry and also discovered the joy and strength she needed through the friendships she cultivated while participating in the arts program. Memorializing our daughter at Salpointe seems appropriate on a multitude of levels.
Throughout this ordeal, when our burden has seemed greatest, your outpouring of love, prayers and support for our family has amazed and sustained us. While we continue assisting Dominic with his battle towards wellness, we also continue to grieve over the immense loss of Madison.
Part of this process is memorializing Madison in ways upon which we know she would smile. While Madi traveled to thirty-nine countries during her lifetime, she looked forward to her time on our southern Illinois farm with family and friends most of all. For that reason it seems to be the most fitting place for her earthly resting place. Interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Cobden at some point in the future. A funeral would feel like we are looking backwards; we chose to look forward.
We have received notices of contributions made in Madison's name to many wonderful causes. Candles have been lit in prayer on all seven continents. We cannot thank you enough for your support; we have truly been blessed in that regard. If you would like to join us and make a contribution to the arts center in Madison’s name, Salpointe is assisting us with this cause and a donation in her name can be made below.
Steve and Tina Pedrotty