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Madeline M. Petrillo May 02, 1932 - Jan 12, 2022

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On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Madeline M. Petrillo, died at her home in Garnet Valley, Pa. with her loving granddaughter, Lisa M. Thomas by her side. She was 89 years old just 4 months shy of her 90th Birthday. Madeline will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, Mommom (grandmother), great-grandmother and friend.


Madeline is survived by her children: Deborah Petrillo (Loren) Leach, Paul (Cindy) Petrillo, David Petrillo; sisters Nancy (Billy) Rezendes and Franny Mello; grandchildren: Steven Thomas, Debbie Jean (Neil) Lehane, Lisa Thomas, Jennifer (Todd) Billet, Mandy Petrillo, Michael Petrillo, Marc Petrillo, Natalie Woolaver and Nicolas (Noah Jean) Ginger Petrillo, Terri Petrillo, Jason (Diana) Petrillo, and 18 Great- Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Armand P. Petrillo Jr., husband Armand Petrillo Sr., parents Francicso and Irene Cabral, brother Eddie Cabral, Douglas Cabral and Francisco Cabral, sisters Doloris Murphy and Lorraine Grenier


Madeline was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. Madeline helped take care of her brothers and sisters before enlisted in the army in 1951. While in the army she studied nursing and met her husband, forever love and best friend Armand Petrillo Sr. Madeline served her country and went on to finish her nursing degree and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at Chester Crozer Medical Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Riddle Memorial Hospital. Madeline was a County Correspondence for the Delaware County Daily Times in Chester Pennsylvania. She would report on neighborhood activities and special events. While working and helping her husband complete his Pharmacy Degree, she welcomed 4 children. Her and her husband were also loving foster parents to more then 25 children. They later owned and operated Highland Pharmacy in Chester Pennsylvania. Madeline’s love of flowers launched a new endeavor by opening a flower shop named Petrillo’s Blooming Buds Florist and boutique. Both businesses were a staple in the community as well as a family affair for many years.


Madeline was a devout Catholic and servant of God. She was a longtime member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Glen Mills, Pa. She became a Eucharistic minister, was a member of the church choir, visited the sick at local hospitals and care facilities. Madeline enjoyed spending endless time reading and working on crossword puzzles. She loved to bake bread and desserts. She will always be remembered for her chocolate cake, Rum cake (that was mostly Rum), warm baked bread and famous chicken wings. She knitted and crocheted hats, scarfs, slippers, blankets and even made barbie doll clothes for her grandchildren and those in need. She was always volunteering her time and skills to help others. She volunteered at Crozer Chester Medical Center taking blood pressures and distributing books and candy to patients, made meals for church community, giving tree for families every Christmas, and assisted her husband with the many Knight of Columbus activities.


Madeline loved spending time with her family and enjoyed having everyone together. She cherished those moments with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whether it be neighbors, family or friends, she always made you feel welcomed and loved.


Visitation: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 9:00am-10:15am at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home Ltd., 5980 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA Funeral Mass: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 430 Valleybrook Road, Glen Mills. Burial:  St. Thomas The Apostle Cemetery, Glen Mills. In Lieu of Flowers: Donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Madeline’s name.






Service Location

St. Thomas The Apostle Church

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Begins: Jan 19, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm

430 Valleybrook Road

Glen Mills, PA 19342

Cemetery Location

St. Thomas The Apostle Cemetery

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Jan 19, 2022 12:15pm - 12:30pm

430 Valleybrook Road

Glen Mills, PA 19342


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Frank & Peggy Petrillo says:

Submitted on: Jan 17, 2022

Debbie, Paul, David, Lisa, Debbie Jean & Stephen and the entire Petrillo family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Aunt Midge was a remarkable woman with many talents. We looked forward to celebrating the 4th of July every summer at your beautiful home. We treasure the great memories, all the laughs, food, family and the fireworks. We loved Uncle Armond and Aunt Midge and so admired their strong faith , their love of each other and all their family. God bless all of you. Frank & Peggy

Frank W Carroll says:

Submitted on: Jan 17, 2022

To all the Petrillo family the world lost may never realize the wonderful person your mom was. I rode to P C P S with Pete for three years and then later called on him at the store. Your mom was his rock his strength and his only thought morning to night. They taught all of us how to be a life partner and great parent So sorry for your loss.

Rosemarie Ford says:

Submitted on: Jan 16, 2022

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful lady! When Debbie and I were in high school I spent a lot of time at her house. Mr. & Mrs. Petrillo were always so kind, welcoming, caring and fun. Heaven gained an angel, but the world lost a beautiful person! May she Rest In Peace!

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