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Madelyn Priebe

February 20, 1938 — November 12, 2021

Madelyn Priebe (nee Ziegler), age 83, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, November 12th.

Beloved wife of Richard for 59 years. Loving mom of Kathleen Meister (fiancée Steven Sawyer); Ronald Priebe; Scott (Linda) Priebe; and Timothy (Elizabeth) Priebe. Cherished grandma of Douglas Meister, Stephen (Jaclyn) Meister and Alexis Priebe.

Family was very important to her, she was the youngest of nine children, all deceased. She was welcomed with open arms into heaven by her mom, Mabel Kathleen Ziegler (nee Inks); her sisters, Shirley, June, Mardell "Tub", Marlene, Joanne, her twin sister Marilyn; and her brothers Stanley and Danny. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Betty and Ginny, brother-in-law Norman "Butch", as well as many nieces and nephews.

Being involved with her kid's lives was very important to Madelyn. She was active in the school library as well as the PTA where she started the selling of her pies, which were a big hit. While participating in the Valparaiso University Guild, she was widely known for her fundraising around cooking knives. Everyone knew who to go to for these key kitchen utensils. One of her favorite hobbies was crocheting. She loved making afghan blankets for her children, grandchildren and many other family members.

She had a love for animals and is now joined with her childhood cat, Snip, and her two grand dogs, Claus & Rosko.

Although she lived in Michigan for 49 years (she always said she was just visiting), she was a lifelong Buckeye, always rooting for Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians. She kept up an annual tradition for 49 years, where she bet many neighbors a whopping $5 on the Ohio State vs. the team up north football game. You didn't dare interrupt her during that game.

She always loved to travel with her beloved husband. They loved going to Vegas where she participated in many slot tournaments and they often went to the MGM Casino in Detroit, where she loved playing the poker slots. She told Richard if she saw a Hawaii license plate in the continental U.S., they would have to go to Hawaii. For their 40th anniversary, they went on their dream trip to Hawaii.

Ohio has always been home in her heart and one of her final wishes was to be buried back home in Cleveland, near her mom. Her wish will be fulfilled as she will be laid to rest in Lake View Cemetery.

A celebration of her life will be held at THE FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME, 5236 MAYFIELD RD, LYNDHURST (E OF RICHMOND RD) on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Visiting hours will be from 9 am – 11 am, followed by the service and burial in Lake View Cemetery. Madelyn's niece Marie and her husband Mike Bartolone will officiate the service.

The family requests memorial donations be made in Madelyn's name to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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