Daniel P. Madonna, III

July 26, 1939 - December 29, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 78 Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Uncle and Friend

Daniel P. Madonna, III, age 78, of Kennett Square, PA, died Friday December 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in West Chester, PA, he was a son of the late Daniel P. Madonna II and the late Ella (Dwyer) Madonna; and husband to Janice (Hostetler) Madonna, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.

Danny was a lifelong resident of Kennett Square. He and Janice owned and operated his family’s business, Madonna Custom Cleaners, then Madonna Balloons and Cakes before retiring in 1999.

During the 1970’s and 80’s, Danny volunteered in the community through his work with the Southern Chester County Rescue Association (Rescue 71), where he proudly served in the offices of Secretary, President, and Chief. Rescue 71 later merged services with the Kennett Fire Co. #1 and Danny was granted the honor of Lifetime Member distinction. He and the late Tony Talamonti co-chaired the Independence Day Celebration Committee and were instrumental in establishing fireworks displays for Kennett Square and the surrounding communities.

After retirement, Danny was known around town as the “Barber Shop Man.” He was a fixture at Burton’s Barber Shop where he helped with various tasks, distributed bubblegum to kids and contributed to lively discussions. Bob Burton and Danny met at the age of 4, and we are deeply grateful for that lifelong friendship.

As many know, Danny was the proud recipient of a heart transplant 16 ½ years ago. Known as “The Legend” at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), he participated in a trial through which he became the first patient to receive infusion treatments at home while waiting for his transplant.

Danny was loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him and he will not soon be forgotten. Quick-witted and always ready with a joke, a smile, and a wave hello, he was a friend to everyone – eager to share the accomplishments of his family, both big and small, with all he encountered. Danny was, above all other things, a family man.

In addition to his wife Janice, he is survived by sons Daniel P. Madonna IV and his wife Audrey of Exton, PA, Stephen Madonna and his wife Jana of Toughkenamon, PA; three daughters, Tina Katella and her husband Dan of Kutztown, PA, Kim Dunn and her husband Steve of West Grove, PA and Stacy Madonna of Kennett Square, PA; twelve grandchildren, Melissa, Emily, DJ, Leslie and her husband Matt, Jennifer, Jacquelyne, Joshua, Jonathan, Christopher, Kayla, David, and Matthew; one great-granddaughter, Addison; one sister, Marlene McDonough of Kennett Square, PA; one brother, Edward J. Madonna of Philadelphia, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend thanks to the doctors and nurses at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the staff of Neighborhood Visiting Nurses and Neighborhood Hospice for all the loving care they have provided over the years.

You are invited to visit with Danny’s family on Thursday January 4, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Friday, January 5, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc, (610-444-4116) 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Interment immediately following at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House, 3940 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Attention: Kirsten King.  Please note Daniel P. Madonna, III in the memo area. To view Danny’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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January 4, 2018 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


January 5, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Mass of Christian Burial

January 5, 2018 11AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. I was so saddened to learn of Danny’s recent passing. My most sincere condolences to his family. He was a good man, and I first remember him well from my youth, going back as far when the old cleaners was still on S. Union St. He was a welcome “fixture” (in the best way) of Kennett Square, and during all the years I spent away in the military and afterwards, he was always a welcome sight whenever I made it home and seeing him he always made me feel that I was still a part of this community. Moving back here now just 3 years ago, his continued presence and ready smile made it easy to think I’d never left. Rest in eternal peace, Danny.

    David R. Baker | January 23, 2018 at 6:46 PM
  2. To Mrs. Madonna and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Mr. Madonna usually with a cloud of steam around him, diligently working when Stacey and I would rush by. He always had a smile and kind words and he always made me feel welcome. Such a great man, devoted husband and Dad, a true inspiration to those who knew him. Heaven has received another worthy Angel. My prayers are with you all.

    Peggy Fanny | January 8, 2018 at 1:57 PM
  3. Dear Janice,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for Danny’s passing. Having known Danny since 1956, I can emphatically say that he was a good person. He set a standard by his lifestyle that was a positive example for all of his peers. I would venture that he was known and loved by all in the community. If we are judged by how we treat and regard others, I have no doubt that Danny’s place in Heaven is well secured. Be assured that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Tom DiCecco | January 5, 2018 at 10:09 PM
  4. Dear Janice & Extended Family,
    Share with you the passing of our loving spouses. May our fondest memories linger in our minds forever. Many thanks for all you have done
    to bring our class together to celebrate our school years at Kennett High School. The food was always good, the activities were
    fun and we honestly enjoyed every minute being back together in Pennsylvania. Mom was a regular customer at Madonna Custom Cleaners
    for years. Kept Dad neat and on his best behavior…those by gone years. Now in 2018, we can think about our sixty years of life’s many experiences and hard won accomplishments. May family and friends comfort you at this moment in time.
    My best to you,
    cathy takemoto
    Los Angeles, California

    catharine young takemoto | January 5, 2018 at 4:49 PM
  5. My condolences to Danny’s family for their loss. It was a honor to get to know Danny through many sittings at Burton’s. Bob, Karen, Bennie, Chuckie, Andre and others. What a crew! His absence will be big, but I’ll be thinking of him often.

    Halsey Spruance | January 5, 2018 at 3:39 PM
  6. Dear Mrs. Madonna, Tina, Kim, Stacey, Danny and Stephen
    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your Husband and Dad.
    In September 1976 I arrived in Delaware right out of college. Didn’t know much except that teaching was much tougher than I expected it to be. But I did a show, THE GOOD DOCTOR, with Tina as my student director. With her quiet confidence, she got me through it in pretty good shape. You were all there to support Drama at Saint Mark’s. CARNIVAL, THE MUSIC MAN, THE KING AND I – we had some of you up on stage – but your Mom and Dad were always in the audience. That support meant a lot to me. You had us over to your house a few times as well, and on our way home Kate and I would say, “Now THERE’s a very special family!” Seeing your Dad and your Mom there with their own quiet confidence, and strength, and easy way of smiling at you. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all. Dave and Kate Patch

    Dave Patch | January 4, 2018 at 11:35 PM
  7. Janice, Stacy, and Kim, so sorry to hear about Danny! Great man always had that smile for you whenever you saw him and will always have the memories of coming to get the best cakes in town and balloons!
    Pat and Sharon Cosgrove and family

    Sbaron Cosgrove | January 4, 2018 at 4:35 PM
  8. Dear Janice and family, please accept my sincerest condolences . You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time, God bless you all.
    Sincerely Irm Devon

    Irm Devon | January 4, 2018 at 12:52 PM
  9. To Stacey and Kayla,
    I’m truly sorry for your lost. He’s lived along happy life. I wish I had the chance to meet Danny. You all have memories that will be in your hearts. He’ll always be with you no matter what. May God bless you with strength and peace knowing that he is in heaven watching you all with a smile across his face.

    Maureen Stephens | January 4, 2018 at 12:44 PM
  10. To Janice and the Madonna Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Danny’s passing but he is no longer suffering and at peace. He always had a smile on his face everytime I would see him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My condolences to all of you at this very difficult time.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | January 4, 2018 at 11:45 AM
  11. Danny was such a great guy I don’t think we ever saw him without a smile on his face, a kind word to share…or a dirty car!!!
    Sending our sympathy and prayers to all of you at this sad time…he had a remarkable family and I’m sure you all have wonderful memories.
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | January 4, 2018 at 9:32 AM
  12. To the Madonna family, want to let you know our thoughts are with you.
    I will always remember Danny in high school. He was the only person who always had creases in his kahkis. Also always had a perfect DA. So sorry to hear this news.

    Boojie Pannell Medon | January 4, 2018 at 8:28 AM
  13. My Dear Janice and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Danny is a piece of history in Kennett Square. I do
    pray that God gives you all the courage to bear this great loss. That smile will be missed by all.
    Sincerest Sympathy, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | January 4, 2018 at 7:15 AM
  14. Dearest Janice,
    I just learned of Danny’s passing, and I am so sorry for your loss.
    It’s the end of an era…..
    So, Rest In Peace Dan, as you will be greatly missed….

    Jacqueline Dougherty | January 3, 2018 at 11:36 PM
  15. Dear Madonna Family
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Danny, a wonderful father who was so proud of his family. He always welcomed me in his home with a huge smile! He loved life and will be missed by so many. Praying for peace and comfort for all during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy and love!
    Jeanne Baker

    Jeanne R Baker | January 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  16. RIP uncle Danny will never forget all the hair ribbons you untied, just to tease me!
    Love you!

    Kristian Denny | January 3, 2018 at 1:27 PM
  17. Dear Janice & family. So sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. He will be missed by so many people. So many memories—so many good times… May God comfort you & your family @ this difficult time . God Bless you all…..

    Connie & Gus Barber | January 3, 2018 at 12:22 PM
  18. Janice & family. Rich and I were saddened when we heard of Danny’s passing. Whenever we saw him he was always friendly and had a smile and was optimistic. I think both of you were special people. I’m sure your good memories will help you to find comfort & strength in your loss.

    Shirl & Rich Petrucci | January 3, 2018 at 11:12 AM
  19. Dear Stacy, Although I never even met your Father, I can see that he was a beautiful person and loved by so many, many people. I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go to you and your family. Blessings, Kathy Taylor

    Kathy Taylor | January 3, 2018 at 7:35 AM
  20. So very sorry for your loss. I will always look back fondly at the many visits to your parents house. His love for his family shined in his eyes and through his stories. We hope that you will find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of your dad. Love, Dave and Tracey Belfiore

    Tracey Belfiore | January 2, 2018 at 7:19 PM
  21. Dear Janice, Tina, Kim, Stacey, Danny, and Stephen,
    How shocked I was to learn of Mr. Madonna’s death! What a loss to all who knew him, but most especially a devastating loss to all of you! He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met, always pleasant and smiling. Losing a husband and a father is always difficult, especially in a close-knit family like yours. Your Faith will help you through this terrible time in your lives, and so will your happy memories of him. In addition, you can be sure that the prayers of all your family and friends will carry you through until you can talk and laugh without tears!

    Please accept my sincere condolences as well as my prayers.

    Bunny DeAscanisa

    Pauline C DeAscanis (Bunny) | January 2, 2018 at 5:58 PM
  22. Dear Janice and Family,
    Danny was blessed with a large loving family and with a passion for serving his family, friends and people in the larger community in a variety of commitments. The memories of all that his rich life displayed shall be a life-long legacy for all who loved him. We are grateful to have met you and Danny through our friendship with Kim & Steve, Leslie and Jennifer. We loved that you enjoyed your experience at the German Christmas Markets several years ago.
    May you receive comfort that Danny has claimed his Baptismal Promise and your faith in The Lord Jesus Christ.
    Our deep sympathy, love and prayers are with you all.
    John & Maggie Huber

    John & Maggie Huber | January 2, 2018 at 12:05 PM
  23. Dear Janice and family,
    Danny was a real blessing to our town, a friend to all with great big smiles. He will be missed by many.
    Treasure his memory.
    Blessings, Linda Irwin

    Linda Irwin | January 2, 2018 at 11:11 AM
  24. Dear Kim and family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father and regret that I never knew him. He sounds like he touched a lot of lives and shared a lot of love throughout his lifetime. May you find peace knowing that he is on the greatest journey of all time and that he will live on forever in your hearts.
    With love and Sympathy, Louise Snyder

    Louise Snyder | January 2, 2018 at 11:05 AM
  25. Dear Madonna Family.
    So very sorry to hear of your Fathers passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult period.
    Michael & Maryann Conner

    MICHAEL J CONNER | January 2, 2018 at 7:50 AM
  26. Dear family, so sorry to hear this news. Danny was a fine man, always with a smile and a big greeting. He will be sorely missed. Fare thee well, Danny.

    Carol Marvel | January 1, 2018 at 9:26 PM
  27. Janice and family,
    Steve and I are so sorry for your loss! Danny was our Kennett Square long life fixture of warmth, love, friendship, and always full of smiles!
    We will miss him very much! It was our blessing to have known such a wonderful man! Sending our prayers, love, hugs, and kisses to you all!

    Steve and Franca Little | January 1, 2018 at 6:35 PM
  28. Dear Janice and family,
    Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Danny,s passing. I have so many fond memories of the two of you. He was such a wonderful person, husband, father and friend. The town of Kennett will not be the same without Danny. He will be missed.
    With our sincere sympathy and love 💕
    Terry and Jim

    Theresa Feiler | January 1, 2018 at 6:32 PM
  29. To all of the family we knew Danny and His wife they R Both very nice people and this is pam and sue and we knew Danny fir a Long time and we Live close by and we would always talk to damny when he came outside he was a good man and friend we r Both sorry for your Lost and we will miss him and his jokes and always saw him keeping his car so clean everday never dirty it always Looked Like a new car Sincerly pam and sue God Bless ❤️🙏🌺

    pamela Gerald | January 1, 2018 at 4:36 PM
  30. Janice & Family,
    My most sincere condolences to you all.
    Danny will be missed by all who ever knew him, but especially
    by his adoring family and close friends. His life was lived to the fullest.
    Rest in Peace.
    Joe Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | January 1, 2018 at 4:29 PM
  31. So sorry for your loss!!! I always talked to him at giant about his car that he loved!!!😢

    Nancy rigler | January 1, 2018 at 4:11 PM
  32. It was an honor to know Danny most of my life and call him a friend! I hope him and Dad can share some laughs now that they are reunited.

    Wayne Barlow | January 1, 2018 at 3:38 PM
  33. To all of the family we knew Danny and His wife they r both very nice peaple and this is pam and sue we knew danny for a long time and we Live close by and we would always talk to him when he came outside he was a nice man and we r sorry for ur Lost will will miss him and his jokes and we always saw him keeping his car so clean everyday never dirty sincerley pam and sue God Bless ❤️🙏

    pamela Gerald | January 1, 2018 at 2:47 PM
  34. Dear Janice and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Danny. He was such a great family man and friend to all. I know he will be missed by all of you, his friends and the town of Kennett. May God be with you during this sorrowful time and may your memories help your hearts to heal.

    Love and prayers to all,

    Kathy Angelucci

    Kathy Angelucci | January 1, 2018 at 12:24 PM
  35. What a hero! He was a witness of pushing forward to so many of us during and after his heart transplant. He was a wonderful, joyful smiling man. I will miss seeing him when I am in town.
    He is with Jesus now. Be encouraged in knowing we will see him again.
    Love and Peace to Danny’s family.
    Lew and Rosemary Kinsey.

    Lew and Rosemary Kinsey | January 1, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  36. So very sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. Our thoughts are with your family.
    Lots of Fond Memories. Love and Prayers, The Rimmer Family

    Janis Rimmer Smith | December 31, 2017 at 9:57 PM
  37. Rest in Peace Mayor Danny was the only person to be the Mayor of Kennett square but not officially hold the Office .
    RIP Danny Love You

    Michael Ruoss Sr | December 31, 2017 at 8:06 PM
  38. Love you all so much! I am sending you prayers and wishing you all the very best at this difficult time.
    Mr.Modonna was an amazing man and was such a great example of what you can achieve in life with hard work.
    He may not have know it but he inspired me to carve out my own way in business.
    He always had great advice to give me and Stephen, however, his ultimate words of wisdom before we left the house would always end with this…..”alright….don’t go shittin’ around”.
    Best advise ever….it worked 50% of the time!
    Lol….God bless you and keep you.
    I’ve got a bit more shittin’ around to do….can’t wait to see you again and tell you all about It.

    Adam | December 31, 2017 at 7:21 PM
  39. Danny was quite a Man. Remember neither of us able to sleep and talking on Facebook at all hours. Always there to guide and help. He will be missed greatly by all.

    Mario "Crow" Raimato | December 31, 2017 at 7:04 PM
  40. I always remember my cousin Danny as a friendly, smiling & jovial family man! Also an avid car guy! As I grew up in Kennett also, Danny, the father, pegged my pants & if promised on time you could count on it!! I remember racing our Chevys from Homestead Restaurant in to Kennett!

    We have followed the, Danny Madonna lll, facebook page for a while now, interested to see Danny’s progress throughout these few years.

    Sleep in peace & love cousin!
    Love Mickey Madonna & family

    Michael & Joyce Madonna | December 31, 2017 at 6:18 PM
  41. Thinking of everyone during this difficult time. Danny will be missed.

    Jamie Stamper | December 31, 2017 at 6:13 PM
  42. Dear Janice and Stacy, I would like to express my sympathy to you and your family for your lost. I didn’t know Danny well but he sounds like a wonderful man. He will surely be missed by all. Thinking of you. Take care, Polly Selin

    Polly Selin | December 31, 2017 at 5:02 PM
  43. Danny will be missed by everyone in town. Sorry for your loss.

    Jaan H Lutter | December 31, 2017 at 4:48 PM
  44. Janice and family, we would like to extend our sympathies to you at this sad time in your lives. It won’t be easy, but with your strong faith in God, it will truly help. Danny was always ready to talk whenever we met up and will Be surely missed. RIP DANNY. YOU TRULY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN 💔🙏🏻 In sadness, Kevin and Linda Hughes

    Linda Hughes | December 31, 2017 at 4:42 PM
  45. Stacey and family. I’m truly sorry. I have so many fond memories of your father. I hope your wonderful memories help ease your grief
    Much love. Mary

    Mary Massar Coiro | December 31, 2017 at 4:40 PM
  46. Dear Janice and family,
    I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss of a great man. Danny started influencing me when we were in high school. He was a sincere friend and kind to everyone. Janice you and Danny were the heart of our school reunions and I am so grateful that you included me. Your dedication to bringing everyone together was a gift to all of us. We were reunited again when we learned that I was to follow Danny into the heart transplant world. Danny and Janice shared their experience with me with total generosity of spirit. I am positive of God’s love for such a wonderful person. Janice the advice you both shared helped me through. Your love for each other and your dear family was so sweet and inspirational. Please accept our sincere sympathy and love.
    May Danny be at peace with our loving Lord and Savior and reap the rewards of a loving and good life. Dave and Maxine Laird
    Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers for the comfort of Jesus in the days to come. Dave and Maxine Laird

    Maxine Pierce Laird | December 31, 2017 at 4:07 PM
  47. Janice and Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Danny’s passing, and so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind person and will be missed by those who were lucky enough to know him.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rosemary and Mary Angelucci Luxon.

    Mary Luxon | December 31, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    AL LEWIS | December 31, 2017 at 3:52 PM
  49. To the Madonna family, we are so very sorry for your loss!!! Mr. Madonna was such a kind and fun-loving man, that we were always happy to see around town. We will certainly miss seeing his contagious smile. We are very sorry to miss the services but we will be out of town. Sorry :(. All Our Love! Vince & Jen Basciani

    Vince & Jen Basciani | December 31, 2017 at 2:49 PM
  50. great friend and great kennett square icon –and a honor to be his friend –many kudo to wife janice to traveled the long road hand in hand beside the love of her life

    john r thomas | December 31, 2017 at 2:42 PM
  51. I am honored and blessed to have known Danny. He had one of the most caring smiles I have ever seen. Thank you for the stories at Burton’s

    Darren Sedlak | December 31, 2017 at 2:39 PM
  52. We will miss you every day. You were my best source for information and support – We could always count on you!

    We love you always!

    Danny, Audrey, Jackie, Josh and Kimer

    Daniel Madonna | December 31, 2017 at 2:10 PM

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