Madeline J. Fiske, 92, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Jan. 29, 2010, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care.

Born Feb. 25, 1917, in Sydney, Australia, she was the daughter of Edwin and Eva Wigglesworth Johnson. Moving to Lynn, Mass., at a young age, she was educated in local schools and graduated from Lynn Classical High School. She later graduated from the Chandler Secretarial School in Boston.

On Sept. 12, 1939, she married Harold E. Fiske of Gardner, Mass. In Gardner, Mrs. Fiske thoroughly enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage, living with single-minded love and devotion to her husband, her sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed opera, English history, the birds and flowers of spring, playing bridge, and many summers in Boothbay Harbor. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Gardner and the Gardner Women’s Club. She moved to Camden in 2002 to be closer to family, and she enjoyed making many new friends at Quarry Hill.

She was predeceased by her husband and two brothers, George and Richard.

Mrs. Fiske is survived by her brother, Cyril Johnson of Northeast Harbor; her son, Harold Fiske and his wife, Ann, of London, Ontario, Canada; her son, Richard Fiske and his wife, Patricia Sheehan, of Appleton; her grandchildren, Jonathan Fiske and his wife, Catherine, Jessica Popa and her husband, George, Carson Fiske and his wife, Rebecca, and Amelia Fiske; as well as her great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Isobel Fiske, Gabriela Popa, and Zachary and Ainsley Fiske.

Her family is very grateful for the skilled and compassionate care that Mrs. Fiske received at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center.

Private interment will be held in the Green Bower Cemetery in Gardner, Mass.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.

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