In memory of
Madeline M. (Vella) Lawrence
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In memory of
Madeline M. (Vella) Lawrence
Madeline M. (Vella) Lawrence, age 87, went to be with our Lord and Savior on October 11, 2016. She fought a long, courageous battle against cancer and passed at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on June 27, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Ignazio and Josephine (Pace) Vella. Madeline was a gentle, loving, and devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, an occasional visit to the casino, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years, Walter J. Lawrence; sisters, Livia Tuttoilmondo and Mary Doyle; and brothers, Salvatore, Frank, Joseph and Peter Vella. Madeline is survived by two daughters, Carol Ann Berarducci, husband John, of Erie, and Diane Fresch, husband Robert, of Colorado, and one son, David Lawrence, fiancé Robin Rieger, of East Springfield, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Berarducci, wife Priscilla, Jennifer Luciano, husband, Jon, Jessica Berarducci, Nicholas, Christopher and Rachel Lawrence, and Matthew and Christopher Fresch; and four great-grandchildren, Gianna, Giovanni, Giulia and Giordynn Luciano, who always put a smile on their great-grandma's face. She is further survived by her sister, Joann (Vella) Kaufmann, husband Charles of Ohio; her brother, Harry Vella of North East; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Great Lakes Hospice, especially Sally, Carren, Galina, Kayla, and Sr. Mary Ellen for their loving care and support for her family. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Blvd. Services will be held there on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Madeline's honor to Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach St., Suite 244, Erie, PA 16501. Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com . Sign the Guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits
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