Don’s work here is done. He left to join the love of his life, Pat, and to reunite with family and friends who have passed before him. He looks forward to a wonderful new adventure with his soul mate, to being pain free, and to socializing, golfing, fixing things, and fishing to his hearts content. He left instruc…read more
Don’s work here is done. He left to join the love of his life, Pat, and to reunite with family and friends who have passed before him. He looks forward to a wonderful new adventure with his soul mate, to being pain free, and to socializing, golfing, fixing things, and fishing to his hearts content. He left instructions for his children to celebrate his life, and promised to watch over them.
Children include Pat Jones (Paul), Linda Dolan (Jim), Don Madl (Carolyn), Fred Madl (Vicki), and Donna Owens (Tony). Adoring grandchildren include Natalie Shaffer (Craig), Jenny Dolan (Matt Klosinski), Kelly Hoffman, Jessie Madl, Shannon Richtr (Tomas), Kacie Tilly (Justin), Alec Owens,and Christian Owens. Great Grandchildren include Finley Hoffman, Abigail, Jack,and Lily Shaffer, Kambrie Schoenhard, Luna Tilly, and Grace Klosinski.
Don grew up on Eastwood Avenue in Chicago in a brick bungalow that had stained glass windows his father crafted. He liked all sports and playing outside, and summer visits to the family farm in Cascade Iowa. He went to St.Roberts Church, and attended St. Constance until his senior year, when he left to enlist in the navy in 1945. He convinced his concerned parents that the navy would give him the best education he could ever have. He loved being in the Navy and served until 1949.
While on leave in 1948 he started dating Pat. She described him to her girlfriends as very handsome! They married April 29, 1950 at St. Jeromes Church, Rogers Park. They moved to Mount Prospect in the early 1950’s where they raised their five children. He worked for Marshall Fields, leaving at age 50 to join Pat in running Red Carpet Madl Homes. They realized their lifelong dream of moving to Florida when they retired.
The children describe their Dad with three small words, Best Dad Ever. He cast a very long shadow, and could light up any room he entered.
Dad was smart, funny, loving, and generous. He took us on on long car trips (to both coasts) to see and appreciate America. He taught us how to play cards, fish, swim, camp, and to have fun. He never ever said he was too tired to spend time with us, even though he often worked two jobs. We knew to our very core that he and mom loved us—unconditionally. We didn’t need to think about it, talk about it, or try to understand it. We simply embraced it.
Don was a great friend to many, and simply loved people. He didn’t meet strangers, just friends he hadn’t talked to yet.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and Charlie the Cat.
A private family service will be held at The Abraham Lincoln National Ceremony in Elwood Illinois.hide