August 7, 1928 – July 25, 2020
On Saturday, July 25, 2020, Madeline Alexander, loving wife and mother left this earth at age 91. Madeline was born on August 7, 1928 in Middletown, New Jersey to Antonio and Assunta (Modestini) Cusano. On September 29, 1946 she married Peter J Alexander of Brooklyn, N.Y. They raised two daughters, Susan and Renee, and one son, Mark.
Madeline had numerous careers over the course of her life from housewife & stay-at-home mom to professional seamstress in the hustle & bustle world of the garment industry where she was a proud member of the ILGWU (International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union) to her final position before her retirement in 1989 as a bank reconciliation clerk at the New York City headquarters of Equitable Life.
Her varied interests and hobbies included bowling (member of the 600 club), playing and winning at cards - most especially - gin rummy, pinochle, and poker. Later in life, as her leisure time increased she added BINGO nights and quiet time with her crossword puzzles. Surprisingly, she had a lifetime passion for the sports of thoroughbred horse racing, tennis (Evonne Goolagong and Pete Sampras were her all-time favorites) and above all else baseball - she was an avid and knowledgeable fan of the Boston Red Sox, tracking statistics, scores and every win or loss along the way. Summer vacations in the Poconos and Catskills was an annual tradition for the family and sometimes included aunts, uncles and cousins too! Madeline always found time to volunteer at her church and in the community organizing and running fun games and activities for her friends and neighbors.
Quiet and thoughtful by nature, Madeline was a loyal, generous and loving friend. Being an amazing cook, she loved preparing meals that always led to her favorite pass time- game night with family. She was a strong, independent woman and thinker that never shied away from sharing her thoughts or opinions. She took great comfort in the strength of her Catholic faith. Madeline was preceded in death by her husband Peter, her parents, and five loving siblings. She is survived by her three children, Susan, Mark and Renee, a son in law Lou and numerous nieces and nephews.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
July 30, 2020
Rene, Sue and Mark,
We are all so sorry for you loss, Our Mom's were such great friends "family" and we will always have our cherished memories.
Love you all
Elizabeth, Travis and Tina
July 30, 2020
Dear Renee, Susan, and Mark,
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to find some comfort during this difficult time with all the wonderful memories you have.
Aunt Maddie was very much loved and respected.
July 28, 2020
Dear Renee, Susan and Mark,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻
Rest in eternal peace Aunt Maddy❤️
Joleen, Victoria, Dominique
James, Steven and Joseph