Madelaine D. Franzone, homemaker

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August 10, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Madelaine D. Franzone, a former office administrator and homemaker who enjoyed opera, died Aug.3 of Alzheimer's disease at her longtime Timonium residence. She was 90.

The daughter of a chemist and a homemaker, Madelaine Dorothea Neutzel was born in Baltimore and raised in the Overlea-Fullerton area. She was a 1941 graduate of Fullerton High School.

During World War II, she worked at Bendix Corp., and later at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, where she met her future husband, John Franzone Jr., who worked there as a draftsman.

The couple married in 1942 and later settled in Timonium, where she raised her three children.

From 1962 to 1975, Mrs. Franzone was office administrator for Fawn Plastics Inc., a manufacturing business that had been founded by her husband and two partners in 1946. The business, which specialized in custom-injection molding that was used by the automotive industry, is now headquartered in Hunt Valley.

Mrs. Franzone volunteered at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and was a member of the Dulaney Valley Women's Club. She also enjoyed gardening and was a member of a Dulaney Valley garden club.

"She enjoyed going to the track and cheering for her horse to win. She was also an avid football fan and went to all of the Colts games during the 1950s and 1960s," said Julie Franzone of Timonium, her former daughter-in-law.

"She was usually a quiet, well-mannered person, but at football games and the racetrack, she was loud and usually spilled her drinks and food on everyone around when she jumped up to cheer her team or horse on," Ms. Franzone said with a laugh.

Mrs. Franzone was a lifelong opera fan.

"She had a beautiful singing voice and wanted to be an opera singer but raised children instead," said Ms. Franzone.

Mrs. Franzone was a longtime member of Ashland Presbyterian Church.

Her husband of 71 years died July 19.

Plans for a joint memorial gathering for Mr. and Mrs. Franzone are incomplete.

Surviving are a son, John B. Franzone of Timonium; two daughters, Paige Schultz of Bel Air and Diane Werich of Ashland, Ore.; a sister, Audrey Lawless of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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