In Loving Memory

Mary Ellen Giedlin, d. January 20, 2015



In Loving Memory

May 30, 1934 – January 20, 2015

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Mary Ellen Giedlin, 80, peacefully passed away January 20, 2015 in Fairhope, AL.  She was the daughter of the late Clara and Thomas Madigan, born in Canton, PA, raised in Elmira, NY.  Besides her parents she is preceded in death by husband Richard John Giedlin, sons Timothy Richard Giedlin, and Christopher John Giedlin.  She attended Elmira Free Academy for High School and later nursing at the Robert Packer School of Nursing, Sayre, PA.  Mary Ellen was a Nurse for many years at Bethesda Hospital in Hornell, NY, before earning her Bachelor nursing degree at SUNY Alfred, where she later became an instructor.

In addition to her nursing profession and raising five active and athletic boys, Mary Ellen became very active in bowling, as well as an avid golfer, all the while attending nearly every athletic event her sons participated in while growing up in Alfred, NY.  Later in life after moving to Virginia Beach, she continued her nursing career with an Imunology and allergy group, while exploring more relaxing hobbies of sitting on the beach, reading, and dwelling into almost any type of arts and craft.  Her craftworks are cherished by all the family that have received them

She is survived by her brother Michael Madigan, and his wife Janet who reside in Corning, NY; her sons, Dr. Martin Giedlin and his wife Nancie Zimmerman of Moraga, CA; Thomas Giedlin and wife Mary of Cypress, CA; Michael Giedlin and wife Lynn of Daphne, AL;  daughter in-law Beth Gills, daughter in-law Lori Giedlin; grandchildren: Andrew Giedlin, and Liza Giedlin of Virginia Beach, VA, Richard Giedlin, and Sophie Giedlin of Cypress, CA, Melanie Giedlin, and Max Giedlin of Moraga, CA, Brooke Giedlin and Kate Giedlin of Carleton, MI, and Mitchell Giedlin of Daphne, AL;  great grandson Carson Dove of Virginia Beach.

A memorial mass will be held at 2:30pm on Monday, February 23, 2015 at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.  Please visit to leave a message, light a candle, or share a story. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in association with the Purple Stride Detroit event, and team ‘For the Love of Buck.’  Mail donations to Ms. Lori Giedlin, 184 West Labo Road, Carleton, MI 48117.


  1. Michael Giedlin

    Mom – there was never a way to give back as much love as you gave to me…not in two lifetimes could I provide for you what you provided for me…I don’t know how you did it with five boys…but I do know you were the most wonderful mother that God could ever have provided me…and yet I failed in showing you just how much you meant to me.

    I only pray that you are now at peace and with your loved ones in heaven. I’ll miss you dearly down here, but am so happy that you are not suffering and living a life that was not reflective of the life you deserved.

    I’m so proud to say you were my mother – even when I think of the times that you stood in our front yard waiting for me to come home when I was late for curfew; or the time I cussed and you were going to wash my mouth out with soap – but instead I hid all the soap in the house; and the time you told all us boys to get out of the house because we were fooling around on normal ‘Saturday – cleaning day.’

    However, your true love showed whenever there was a scrap, cut, bruise, twisted ankle, or any injury that I had; and when you broke down crying after deciding I wanted to go to Mansfield State College – you feared what happened to Marty’s father could happen to me; but mostly during the times that life wasn’t going all so great and you were there to comfort me, and get me back on my feet.

    Praying that God blessed you with open arms…your wisdom, caring, and faith will always be felt by me. Love you with all my heart.

  2. Bill and Robert Pulos

    To Marty, Tom, Mike, Beth and families:

    With so many memories and so much history, it’s hard to find the right words. We offer our testimony that everything Mike has written about Mary Ellen and her boys is true, with no exaggeration, with one exception. Mike did not fail in showing and demonstrating his love for his mom. All of the boys loved and respected their mom.

    With condolences, sorrow, faith, love, prayers and promise,

    Bill and Robert Pulos

  3. Dan Neverett

    As a long-time former resident of Alfred and a colleague of your parents, I want to express my sympathy to Michael and all of Mary Ellen’s at this sad time. Both of your parents were wonderful people and were sadly missed when they retired from Alfred State. I hope that the thoughts and prayers of your many friends helps to ease some of the pain and loss that you are feeling and will sense in the future. Thinking of you…. Dan Neverett

  4. Dee Fitzgerald

    the Class of 1952, Elmira Free Academy, will never forget our former classmate, Mary Ellen Madigan Giedlin. She was a fun and popular student we enjoyed knowing during the 3 years she was with us.

  5. Aprille Truax RN

    Dear Mrs. Giedlin’s family – I remember Mrs. Giedlin fondly as a former student of hers. She was a tough instructor and I was scared of her! Our first day of clinical she told us she would rip off our ears chew them up and spit them in the garbage if she ever caught one of us doing something we shouldn’t be. I believed her! The thing that bothered me the most was that I had her for every rotation that was possible and that was quite a few. I was scared of her right up to the last day I had her and our post conference talk I finally understood her! She told me with a smile on her face that she knew she was hard on me to make me the nurse she knew I could be. I think of her from time to time and my sympathies to your family for your loss. Aprille


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