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BADNER, Madeleine

Madeleine passed away Friday August 2, 2019 at the age of 60 peacefully at home, where she succumbed to ovarian cancer after 6 years of surgery, radiation and multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  She remained cheerful and smiled right to the end. Madeleine is survived by her loving husband Neal; daughter, Danielle Badner; son, Derek Taschereau Badner; and her sisters Denise Taschereau, Claire McKay, and Lucille Sprung. She was predeceased by Parents Louise and Maurice Taschereau.
Madeleine attended Waterloo University and graduated with a Bachelors in Math and Computing in 1981.  Madeleine worked for the Bank of Montreal and London Life as a programmer when desktop computers were the new thing.
Madeleine became a stay at home mom and wife, and then transitioned to become an Aquatic Instructor at London Aquatic Center.  This led to Aqua Fit and the Arthritis Pool Therapy at St. Josephs Hospital in London, Ontario and then finally to the Parkinson Recreation Center in Kelowna, BC.
Madeleine loved skiing and continued right through last winter at Silver Star, like her early years as a ski racer with the Murdochville, Quebec Ski Team. She also enjoyed walking and biking through the hills of Kelowna, rain or shine.
There will be a family celebration held in the future.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


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  • Katharine Wall says:

    It is with great sadness that I learn about the passing of Madeleine. I so enjoyed our chats and walks. I loved her positive attitude, thoughtfulness, love for her family, and great joy in exercising in the beautiful outdoors. I will miss her greatly, and am pleased to have had the opportunity to know her and spend time with her since she moved to Kelowna. My thoughts are with you, Neal, Danielle, and Derek. Katharine Wall

  • Chantal Halliday says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Madeleine was a warm and caring woman who always gave so much of herself. She will be remembered fondly.

  • Erinn Snyder says:

    Neal and family,
    I am very saddened to hear about the loss of Madeleine. I am so so so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Marjorie Johnson says:

    Madeleine was an inspiration of hope and all the goodness in the world. We will miss her book club commentaries and tales of her outdoor adventures. She would not want us to mourn so we celebrate life with Madeleine in mind.

  • Tom and Lise Hodges says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Madeleine’s passing. Many good memories of her intrepid spirit and warm friendship will follow us forever. Our condolences to Neal and their family.

  • Paul Slavchenko says:

    Dear Neal: I am very sorry to read of Madeleine’s passing in today’s Globe. This must have been such a difficult time for you and your children for all these years. May she rest in peace now.

  • Macaulay Family says:

    Neil, Danielle and Derek, we are so sorry to hear about Madeline’s passing. We will always remember her spunk and her incredible smile. Hugs to you all from London.

  • Mary Taylor says:

    Dear Neal and family, I have so many fond memories of our high school days as although Madeleine had many friends, she was my best friend. We kept in touch with visits in Kingston during university days and our trip out west in the summer of 1982. So much energy, so intelligent, and I know a very devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Peter Jarzem says:

    Neil and Family: I just want to let you know my wife Silvana and I are thinking about you during these difficult times.

  • Aurora Elder says:

    I am so sad to hear of Madeline’s passing. She was such a bright light and I was honoured to know her! Our thoughts are with her family. Much love !~Aurora & Dan Meidinger

  • Rod Adams says:

    So sorry to hear of Madeline’s passing Neal. I hope you and your family are all doing OK. In the few brief times I got to speak with Madeline, I instantly realized how wonderful a person she was and a pleasure to be around. My thoughts and prayers go with you and all your family. Take care. Rest peacefully Madeline.

  • Cam and Shauna Bakala says:

    Neal, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time, our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Cam and Shauna Bakala

  • Monica and Jason Hoogstra says:

    Neal, Jason and I were deeply saddened to hear of Madeleine’s passing. She was always a breathe of fresh air. Before the move to Kelowna we were always bumping into each other at the grocery store! I enjoyed our impromptu meetings and her joy for life. Take care of yourself and family. The Hoogstras

  • Lynn Loubert says:

    Neal, Danielle and Derek, We so loved Madeline, As did our many customers and staff. Her warm ever present smile, her kind heart, and willingness to help anyone made her shine outwardly as well as in. She touched so many. and will be missed. Sincere condolences from her Aquatic Family, Lynn Loubert

  • Brian and Correne Martin says:

    Neal and family. So sorry to hear about Madeleine’s passing. We will always remember her smile and laughter no matter what she was going through. She was such a kind person and will surely be missed. Take care.

  • Keith Yap says:

    Neal, I am so sorry to hear of Madeline’s passing. She truly was cheerful and smiling to the very end, which showed her true character .
    Keith Yap

  • John and Loraine Kemp says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of our sweet and positive friend, Madeleine. Loraine’s memories of many lively walk/talk sessions, our combined memories of skiing at Silver Star with her and Neal, being thumped by the Badner team during games nights and many dinners together will be cherished. Madeleine was, and always will be, an inspiration for her drive and her cup-always-full outlook on life. We knew her for far too short of a time, but we are thankful for the years she enriched our lives. Loraine and John Kemp

  • Lejla and Mike says:

    Dear Neal and the Badner family,
    We are very saddened to hear of Madeleines passing. Her contagious smile, courage and positive outlook will remain in our hearts and memories.
    With our deepest condolences,
    Mike and Lejla

  • Natalie Wood says:

    I’m very saddened to hear this news Neal. I hope her memories remain forever with you and your family.

  • Marie Balogh says:

    Dear Neal and family,
    I am sad to hear of Madeleine’s passing. I have wonderful memories of her all the way back to our childhood in Murdochville and then later in London while I was articling. Her joie de vivre was infectious. Sincere condolences to all.

  • Malgosia and Marc Rosen says:

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Madeleine’s passing. We’ll miss her smile and upbeat, positive attitude, and we’ll cherish our great memories of our many our get togethers in Ontario and BC over the years. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and love are with you. Malgosia and Marc

  • Tom and Jacquie Kinahan says:

    Neal, Jacquie and I are thinking of you and your family at this tough time. Madeleine was a delightful soul, and we were so happy to meet her and share some of her infectious humor and sunny personality on the Chicago hockey trip. Her courage and cheerfulness in the face of her cancer serves to remind us of the importance of family and loving friends and a positive outlook on life.

  • Christine Taschereau & Family says:

    We were very sad to hear of Madeleine’s passing. She was always such a positive person and a delight to be with. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

  • Gord and Cathy Sellery says:

    We remember Madeleine from the London Anesthesia social events and her enthusiasm about her work and family. In spite of having a cancer with a dreadful prognosis, she maintained a positive outlook. Cathy and I send our condolences to you and your family on your loss.

  • John Lin says:

    Dear Neil, I am very sad to hear about Madeline’s passing away. I have always remembered her as always smiling and cheerful. It must have been wonderful to build and raise a family with her. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Pat Morley-Forster says:

    Dear Neal and family
    I was very sad to hear that Madeleine had died. She helped so many people regain their zest for living with her aquatherapy and exercise instruction, . The notice from the London Free Press was posted in the Centre for Activity and Ageing at Mount St. Joseph where fellow instructors and students fondly remembered her.
    Ben and I send our sincere condolences, Pat Morley-Forster.

  • ann hambley says:

    Neil:I remember Madeleine fondly from our UH gatherings.She always made me laugh and was so interested in what was going on around her.My best thoughts to you and the family now and in the future.I have also sent a personal message so please look for it.
    ..Namaste…Ann Hambley

  • Bob and Carolyn Hawes says:

    Madeleine had the most amazing zest for life. I have yet to meet anyone who maintained such a positive attitude throughout her 6-year journey with Ovarian Cancer. I truly enjoyed every minute of our walks and conversations and I’ll remember her fondly whenever I hike Kuiper’s Peak.


    My condolences to NEIL and the BADNER FAMILY and the TASCHEREAU FAMILY at the loss of MADELEINE .She was always bright and cheerful with a beautiful smile. We will all miss her.

  • Julie Hébert says:

    Although we didn’t see each other often, I always enjoyed my conversations with Madeleine. She was so down to earth and genuinely seemed to care. And that laugh – so infectious & always recognizable at family gatherings! She will be missed dearly. Sending hugs to the family, Julie & Barrie xoxo

  • Kate Ower says:

    Neal, I was very sorry to hear about Madeleine, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Kate Ower

  • Peter Sisley says:

    Denise, Claire and Lucille,
    Just wanted to reach out and express my condolences to you on the loss of Madeleine. She left you all far too young. I know you will think of her often and remember all the good times. Such a coincidence, I was recently taking the back roads to avoid traffic along York Mills, ended up on Rollscourt and thought I wonder how they all are? Wishing you all happier times….
    Peter Sisley

  • Andrea Nikolai says:

    May Madeleine Rest In Peace. Neal, Danielle & Derek keep all you beautiful memories close to your heart and Madeleine will never be far away. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Tom Nagy says:

    Jan and I are so sad to hear of Madeleine’s’ passing. It was such a pleasure meeting her, she had a wonderful spirit and clearly will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt condolences.
    Tom Nagy / Janice Miller

  • John Murkin says:

    Dear Neil, it was with much sadness that Sandy and I learned of Madeleine’s passing. She was such a lovely soul with her warm humor and infectious laugh. She was courageous and a joy to all. Our deepest sympathies to you Danielle and Derek, and family. John Murkin/Sandy Adams

  • Cathy Smith says:

    Neal: So sorry to hear about your loss of Madelaine. Know that I am thinking about you and your family.

  • Colleen and Tom Mills says:

    Dear Neal, Derek and Daniel: We were so very sad to hear of the passing of Madeline. She was such kind person with the most magnetic spirit. You could always see her smile coming from a mile away. Hopefully you can rejoice in the greatest gift she left you all – each other. I am sure that is a great comfort to you all now.

  • John Gross says:

    I heard the news from Ted today. My condolences, Neal. I remember Madeleine as a very funny, happy person in high school and later at Waterloo.


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