Jean Maday

Jean Maday

Thursday, August 3rd, 1972 Saturday, January 11th, 2020

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Obituary for Jean Anne Maday

Jean Anne Maday, 47, passed away on January 11, 2020 in Chicago. Jean was born August 3, 1972 in Illinois, moving to Redding, Connecticut in the 7th grade. After graduating from Joel Barlow High School she earned a Bachelor’s of Science majoring in Communications at the University of Connecticut.

She spent more than a decade working for the YMCA from teaching swim lessons to marketing to developing membership. She loved the Y. For the last 12 years, she worked for the National Association of Realtors in Chicago specializing in the Commercial Real Estate segment of the industry. In her management position, she was widely known and admired for her knowledgeable, energetic advocacy and support for the highest standards of ethics and professionalism on behalf of Commercial Realtors nationwide.

She traveled throughout the United States and Europe meeting thousands of people, many who became close friends. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 ½ years ago, she became an advocate for research in the field, and participated in numerous fundraising activities. She did not stop, she did not slow down. She lived. Her journey through chemo treatments was well documented in her Facebook postings. Her Aunt and Godmom Maryann Stinton and ‘Work Mom’ Jan Hope along with numerous friends were by her side along the way.

Jean was predeceased by father Richard J. Maday and survived by mother, Mary Maday of Sandy Hook, sisters Karen (David) Smiley of Sandy Hook, Susan (Bill) Stewart, of Sandy Hook, Christine (Todd) Reisel of Bethlehem, and brother Brian (Shelley) Maday of North Kingstown, RI. In addition, she will be missed by her beloved nieces and nephews, Lauren, Andrew, Luke, Cameron, Dylan and Charley.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21st from 4-7 PM at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 22nd at 11 AM in St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT. Private burial will be held at Umpawaug Cemetery in Redding, CT. A Celebration of Life will be held in Chicago at a later date.

Jean felt strongly that more research was needed for ovarian cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition ( and Gilda’s Club (

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Honan Funeral Home
    58 Main Street
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    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saint Rose of Lima Church
    46 Church Hill Road
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    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
  • Interment

    Umpawaug Cemetery
    Umpawaug Road
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    Interment will be private at later date.

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With Love, Judy Donnelly and Natalie Ketcham have planted a memorial tree for Jean Anne Maday.
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With Love, Judy Donnelly

With loving memories of "Jean Maday", Thanks for all you have done for me in the past few years! Friends for 20 years. You will be missed.
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Sarah Meyer

In loving memory of Jean....she meant the world to me. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. Sending you all of my love.
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Natalie Ketcham

Jean will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. May this tree represent her beauty eternally. In sympathy, Natalie Ketcham, Brian, and Sarah
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Sharon Bernhard, Barbara Wichman, Rebecca Wichman

Jean will always be in our hearts. She was one-of-a-kind and we will miss her smiles. Our most heartfelt condolences to your family.
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Sharon Bernhard, Barbara Wichman, Rebecca Wichman purchased flowers for the family of Jean Maday.
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Harold H Huggins

Words can not describe the respect and love that have had over the years for Jean. Thank you for allowing us to be with you on your journey of life, i.e. over the past 3.5 years during your gallant fight for life.
Your broad smile and gentle hugs will allow us to go forward and continue your fight for the values that you held dear. You shall always be remembered but never forgotten. RIP
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