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Madge Niel Cardone

September 10, 1930 ~ November 26, 2011

Mrs. Madge Niel Cardone, 81, of Lake Charles, born to eternal life at 12:15 p.m., November 26, 2011. She passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her four children and family.


Mrs. Cardone was born on September 10, 1930, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She graduated in 1948 from St. Charles Academy in Lake Charles and attended McNeese State University. She married John Elmo Cardone, Sr. of Madisonville, Louisiana on April 23, 1950. She was a devoted, loving wife for 61 years.


Mrs. Cardone spent her entire life committed to her husband, raising their four children and instilling in them moral values and the love of the Lord. She was the "rock" of the family, a mentor and role model for her children and grandchildren. She was always there for advice and encouragement. She loved Eucharistic Adoration, which was the source of her strength and attending spiritual retreats at our Lady of the Oaks at Grand Coteau. She enjoyed vacationing with her family, spending time with the family at their camp and traveling with her sisters and brothers. Mrs. Cardone enjoyed cooking and especially looked forward to bringing her family together for meals. She will warmly be remembered for her devotion to her husband and family, and as a benefactor and faithful servant to the Lord. She was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and an active volunteer with her church community. She was a long time member of the OLQH Ladies Altar Society and served as President for two years. Mrs. Cardone was a member of the OLQH Rosary Team and served the Sacristan Ministry. She was a faithful servant and friend of "The Martha's", who cared and served the household needs for Msgr. Irving DeBlanc. Her angelic group called themselves "The Friday Martha's". She was an active member of the Serra Club, promoting vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life. She loved cooking, baking and volunteering her time for St. Joseph's Table and Abraham's Tent. In 1983, OLQH recognized her and her husband with the Remarkable Dedication and Unique Service Award. In 1990, she received the Rank of Member in the Order of St. Charles. The Diocese of Lake Charles also honored her in 1990 with the Family of the Year Award.






Mrs. Cardone leaves to honor her memory two sons and two daughters; Gwen Cardone Gillis and her husband John of Baton Rouge, John E. Cardone, Jr. and his wife Karen of Lake Charles, Jay Anthony Cardone and his wife Melissa of Lake Charles and Mary Cardone McGinn and her husband Andy of Lafayette; eight grandchildren, Scott Fischer and his wife Janet of Edmond, Oklahoma, John E. Cardone, III, Kristen Cardone George and Kathryn Cardone of Lake Charles, Benjamin Rees Cardone of Lafayette, and Brandt McGinn, Easton McGinn and Drue McGinn of Lafayette; one great grandchild, Marleigh Grace George of Lake Charles; two step-grandchildren, Leigh Ann Gillis Jordan and her husband Landon and Mark Gillis of Baton Rouge; and one step-great grandchild, Layla Jordan. Also surviving Mrs. Cardone is one brother, Vincent Niel and his wife Mary; and one sister, Angie Mericle, both of Lake Charles; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband John E. Cardone, Sr., her father Anthony "Tony" Niel and her mother, Sophie Gennaro Niel; and step-mother, Lucy Wood Niel; two brothers, John Niel and Paul Albert Niel; and one sister, Concetta Niel Cardone and her husband Curtis Cardone, Sr, all of Lake Charles.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, November 30, at 1:00 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Lake Charles. Msgr. James M. Gaddy, Pastor, OLQH, is Celebrant. Interment will be at Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home Tuesday, November 29, from 4-8 p.m; with the Rosary at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m.

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  1. Aunt Madge will always remain a larger than life shining star in our hearts. May God watch over her and provide comfort in her eternal life. Our deepest condolences to the family in their time of loss. We will miss her. Love always, Carol and Joe

  2. Everyone's heart is a little heavier today on the loss of a wonderful lady who would brighten up a room with her smile and warm up your heart with a hug. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. Gwen- you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless keep you. With our deepest condolences, Angela, Roxane, Dina, Jenel, Charlotte, Margaret Dori

  4. Gwen, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your Mother. God Bless you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Margaret John

  5. Gwen, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God embrace you all in His love and provide you comfort in this dark time. Missing you!Love, Kathryn

  6. I'm so very very sorry for your loss. I'll will remember you and your family in my prayers.Sincerely–Charlotte Marionneaux

  7. Mary, I have thinking about you and your family and the time you are going through. Know that you are in my prayers. I will see you tomorrow, Tuesday, for the Scripture Service. Know that I am available if you need anything. Renee

  8. Mary,I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell your mom was an amazing woman from your joyous spirit. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you! Love, Kristy Gregg

  9. Mary,You and your family are in my thoughts are prayers during this difficult time. May God continue to give you strentgh. Love you,Jennifer and Kelly

  10. My prayers are with Ms. Madge's family at this time. She truly was the model of Christian womanhood. I enjoyed so much the times I visited with her. She was pleasant to everyone and she will surely be missed by many.

  11. My prayers go to your family for the loss of your lovely Mother. The perfect example of a lovely lady. God give you strength during this time. Jo Ann Niles, Villa Maria Director

  12. TO THE Cardone family, God has his angels together again. TWO SOULS GOD JOINED TOGETHER ON EARTH HE NOW HAS BROUGHT BACK HOME TO HIS KINGDOM. NO MORE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF THIS WORLD.I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE HURTING WITH THE LOSE OF YOUR DAD AND NOW YOUR MOTHER, BUT KNOW THAT THEY ARE IN GOD,S HAND NOW.YOUR MOM WHAT A GREAT LADY. SHE WAS THE KIND OF MOTHER WE SHOULD ALL BE BLESSED TO HAVE. I TO THIS DAY REMEMBER THE MANY TIMES SHE WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THIS TEENAGER( AT THE TIME)AND I MEAD REALLY LISTEN WITH A CARING HEART, I REMEMBER SHE LOVED TO LAUGH, SO I'M SURE SHE AND YOUR DAD ARE HAVING A GREAT LAUGH AND RE-UNION IN HEAVEN TODAY. YOU GUYS AS A FAMILY ARE GREAT AND REALLY STEPPED UP WITH THE CARE OF YOUR MOM, I KNOW HOW HARD IT CAN BE. YOU GUYS JUST KNOW THAT I LOVE EACH ONE OF YOU, AND IF THERE IS EVER ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR YOU JUST LET ME KNOW AND I'LL BE THERE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES

  13. To the Cardone family, with my deepest condolances. My prayers are with you all. Dianne RoofnerPretreatment Division City of Lake Charles

  14. To the Cardones,My deepest sympathies to all of you. Your mother was so dear and sweet. I always enjoyed our visits when your parents would come to BR to see Mary. I know you miss them both and I hope your memories will comfort you and give you peace. My love, Doreen

  15. With heavy hearts we are sending our deepest sympathy to the family of Aunt Madge. You all are blessed to have shared the lives of two loving parents who are now eternally at rest together with each other and our Good Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.Elaine and Michael Cardone


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