Malvina Irene Madar, age 94, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.
The daughter of Stephen and Margaret (Sokol) Zurbola, Malvina was born in Ashtabula on April 30, 1919. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Leles, Hungary. She was one of nine children. Malvina graduated from Ashtabula High School. She married Paul Madar on Jan. 7, 1939, in the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church of Erie, Pa. Malvina and Paul celebrated seventy-three years of love, laughter and joyful memories.
Malvina was very active in the Ashtabula Community. As a member of the Women’s Service League of Ashtabula, she served as the advertising and talent chairman for the Green Door Follies at the Ashtabula Playhouse. She was also an active member of the Ashtabula City Women’s Republican Club of which she served as a delegate and membership chairman. She and Paul actively worked together on the Republican picnic held at Lake Shore Park.
Malvina owned and operated the Little Miss Muffet Restaurant on Main Avenue next to their home, which later became the office of Madar Realty. From time to time, she filled in as the secretary for Madar Realty. She and Paul, often referred to as “Fred” and “Ginger”, belonged to the Ashtabula Dancing Club and loved to spend time on the dance floor.
A woman who loved her family, she was encouraging, supportive, and proud of all their accomplishments. She gladly cooked and baked for the family. She became a Girl Scout leader, loved to garden and decorate their home. She planned many events to include the director’s party and cast party for the Green Door Follies, family weddings, Halloween parties, Hawaiian Luaus and Easter egg hunts.
Malvina will be remembered for her dedication to the Ashtabula Community, her joy of life and unconditional love for her friends and family.