Marlene Marie McDonough

September 8, 2022 Kennett Square, PA

Marlene Marie McDonough, age 86, of Kennett Square, PA died on September 8, 2022. Known as “Mom Mom” to everyone, and “Mom Mom Mom” to the great grandchildren.

She was married to Norbert “Norby” McDonough, her childhood sweetheart and best friend for 62 years. Rarely did you see one without the other. Norby died on November 7, 2017, and on that day, a piece of Marlene’s heart broke, and would never heal. Marlene met Norby in High school and they were together every day thereafter until his passing.

Born and raised in Kennett Square, Marlene was the daughter of Daniel P. Madonna II and Ella (Dwyer) Madonna. She grew up surrounded by a large family that enjoyed regular Sunday dinners, weeknight visits on the porch, and in the last few years, watching Jeopardy with her Uncle Claude.

A lifelong resident of Kennett Square, Marlene considered the Delaware coast to be a second home. Over the years, Marlene and Norby spent their summers at the beach. After several summers in Rehoboth Beach, Norby and Marlene found their summer oasis in Dewey Beach on New Orleans Street. Were you to walk past the house, often you would find them sitting in the front yard enjoying the sights or enjoying a Happy Hour at one of their favorite spots. Marlene always enjoyed a grapefruit crush after spending the day on the beach with her children, grandchildren, and a good romance novel.

During the summer she cooked dinner every night for her family. It was pretty much a guarantee that by the end of a summer of Mom’s dinners, a few pounds would find you, as each meal ended with dessert. “Mom Mom” was well known for her beach bag; it was seemingly bottomless and well stocked with sandwiches and snacks. Twizzlers and peanut butter crackers being the favorite.

From the time they were toddlers, her grandchildren were fortunate enough to spend their summers with “Mom Mom” at the Beach, being spoiled and creating lasting memories each summer as they grew.

Marlene was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Parish, and one of the original Ladies of St. Patrick’s, where she made lifelong friends. She volunteered at the St. Patrick’s school when her children were growing up, and for several years she could be found doing the flowers on the altar and Sunday morning donuts after masses. She especially loved decorating the altar for Christmas and many times her children and grandchildren would help her.

Marlene is survived by her daughter Karen (Gary Ceman) of Rehoboth Beach DE and their children Christopher McMahon (Krissy), Jack McMahon, and Ally Lingo (Ken); Eileen (Tom Taylor) of Newark, DE and their daughters, Ally and Molly. Noreen Lasorsa of Wilmington, DE and her son Payton, and great grandchildren Jaxson, Saylor and Crew Thomas. Marlene is also survived by her sisters-in law Janice Madonna of Kennett Square, and Betty McDonough of Winter Haven, Florida, several nieces and nephews, cousins and many special friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Marlene is predeceased by her younger brothers Daniel P. Madonna III and Edward J. Madonna.

The family would like to extend thanks to the wonderful ladies who took care of mom during the last 2 years, with special thanks and gratitude to Joyce, Vanessa and Deanna who treated mom as they would their own mother. They not only helped her with daily living needs, but they also made sure her hair was done and her nails were polished. Additionally, we would like to thank the Nurses of Bayada Home Care Services, Bayada Hospice of Chester County, and Dr. Maryann Ost.

You are invited to visit with Marlene’s family and friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 11:00AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will immediately follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Ladies of St. Patrick’s or to Saint Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To view Marlene’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family please visit,

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square,PA.

Memorial Donations

St. Patrick Catholic Church

205 Lafayette Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


Calling Hours

September 14, 2022 6:00PM to 8:00PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Mass of Christian Burial

September 15, 2022 11:00AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


September 15, 2022 Following Mass St. Patrick Cemetery
460 N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a kind and fun women. So honored to have had the opportunity to know her.

    Will be keep all who loved her in my prayers.

    Susan Strahle | September 17, 2022 at 1:11 PM
  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Marlene was a beautiful woman inside and out. I have loved getting to know your family as I took care of Marlene’s mom many years ago, Norby, and recently Marlene. You have many angels surrounding your family. May her spirit continue to be found among Kennett’s beauty.

    Carol McDonald (nurse at Bayada) | September 15, 2022 at 8:33 PM
  3. My mother, Joan Ebbecke was in school together with Marlene and Norby… they stayed in touch all these years.. so sorry for your family’s loss.. prayers to her family , Paula Brooks

    Paula Brooks | September 15, 2022 at 7:41 PM
  4. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was a wonderful soul. Blessed to have so many wonderful memories.

    Sara | September 13, 2022 at 1:23 PM
  5. Sorry to hear this sad news. Your mom was always so nice. I remember our mothers working together on the St Patrick’s Christmas Bazaar. My best to all of you. Steve Pannell

    Steve Pannell | September 13, 2022 at 9:08 AM
  6. Such a privilege to care for Marlene. She was a beautiful soul and you are all such a wonderful family. Grateful to be a part of it. Sending love and condolences to all ❤️🙏

    Vanessa Dunlap | September 12, 2022 at 2:15 PM
  7. We loved Marlene and cherish our memories of her. Sending love to you all! Amanda, Dave, Jason and Rachel

    Amanda Magee | September 12, 2022 at 6:35 AM
  8. Eileen and family we r so very sorry about the passing of your mom our hearts are Broken 💔 she was such amazing Lady we really enjoyed talking to her and that Beautiful smile she would talk to us about all her Grandkids and Now they r all Grown up she was so Blessed to have such a Loving family she will surely Be missed we Met Marlene 2005 and she will always be in our hearts and we will Never forget her and Norby we would always see them together at Walmart may she RIP and Norby and Marlene r together again Looking Down on all the family 🙏🙏🙏🙏♥️

    Pamela | September 11, 2022 at 7:52 PM
  9. Eileen, Noreen & Karen,
    My deepest sympathy to you & your familes on the loss of your dear Mom. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.
    Lori McCarter

    Lori McCarter | September 11, 2022 at 7:28 PM
  10. What a beautiful, loving soul. Mrs. McDonough was a Mom to many especially through our high school years. Always loved having her kids and grandkids around her at the sunny shore. Praying for her family may they take comfort in knowing she had a life well lived and brought so much joy to others…I will miss you 🙏❤️❤️

    Vivian | September 11, 2022 at 5:45 PM
  11. Oh, MomMom … what an indelible, forever love of family you were and will always be for me. My devotion began four decades ago and will never wane. I was in awe of the Madonna/McMahon Family parties, especially that October when Richard had to ingest “just one more” piece of lasagne. There were no spare pieces and you ladies sliced into an entire hotel pan for him! So it went for years including Karen’s “wieners and wine party” with a plethora of crockpots of yummies prepared by you.

    It was never just food for You and Pops … it was about community and family and they were considered the same to you.

    Your beautiful family has inherited the Two of You … #foreverandaday . You have earned your Everlasting Reward with Norby and Our Blessed Mother 💝

    Love from “Auntie Sue”

    Susan Wilson Krick | September 11, 2022 at 2:55 PM

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