Madeleine Avedian, 96

Telegram & Gazette [Massachusetts]
May 25, 2006

Worcester - Madeleine Kirwin Avedian, 96, formerly of Worcester, died Tuesday, May 23, at the Shrewsbury Nursing Home.

Her husband, John S. Avedian, died in 1968. She leaves a brother, William F. Kirwin of Millbury; six sisters: Theresa K. Small of Shrewsbury, Rita K. Dunn of Middletown, R.I., Mary J. Denning of Charlton, Catherine E. Ferrie of Worcester, Patricia Cuccaro of Lewisville, Tx. and Barbara K. LoConto of Worcester; and many nephews and nieces. A brother, Raymond J. Kirwin, died in 1998.

She was born in Worcester, daughter of John J. and Ruby M. (Cleveland) Kirwin. She lived in Palm Beach, Fla. from 1946 until 1968, where she managed Beatrice Morgan Store on North Ave.

In 1969, she became a papal volunteer for Latin America and served as a lay missionary in Chihuahua, Mexico until 1972. She was director of auxiliary services at the House of Affirmation in Whitinsville from 1972 until 1985.

Throughout her life, Madeleine had an interest in acting. She performed in community theatre while living in Fla. After her return to Worcester in her 60's, she turned more of her attention to a professional acting career. She took acting classes and found work across New England in a variety of commercials, training videos, modeling, public speaking and cosmetics promotion. In 1991, she was a cast extra in the movie "Housesitter" starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. In 1993, she was featured at the opening of the Marshall's store in downtown Boston as "The Boston Brahmin Dowager."

She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and St. Bernard's Parish.

Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, will be Friday, May 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church, 236 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.


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