Mado died July 1, 2019, of ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, with which she was diagnosed only about two years ago.
Mado was a dedicated mother, sister, wife, and friend. After attending Agnes Irwin School and Princeton, she spent many years raising her children and then found her professional calling as a teacher for high school students with special needs. When she did, she was also lucky enough to meet Jorge Torres, whom she married and with whom she shared the last two decades of her life. As Jorge said the day after she died, “I could look into her eyes and see my life in them.”
To those who knew her during her high school days and at Princeton, Mado was a bright spark, an adventurous spirit, and a caring friend. She made connections that endured, and more than a few have carried that spark with them across the years.
Mado is survived by Jorge; their combined family of children, Cassie Schroeder, Megan Baker, Jessica Noe, Kathy Lyon, and Jorge Torres Jr.; their nine grandchildren; her parents, Ed and Priscilla MacNeal; and her sister, Catherine MacNeal.