Millinocket - Roberta Jean “Bobbi-Jean” Madden, 73, passed away on February 26th, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bobbi-Jean was born in Millinocket, Maine on May 27th, 1948 to Cora (Waite) and Ralph Walsh.
Bobbi-Jean grew up in Millinocket, graduating from Stearns High School class of 1966. She will be remembered for her honesty and work ethic, dutifully employed at Great Northern Paper Company for over 30 years and later at Millinocket Regional Hospital before her retirement in 2010.
Family was everything to Bobbi-Jean, with weekends being spent traveling to visit siblings, her children, and the joy of her life, her grandchildren. Everyone loved her cooking, paying special remembrance to Bobbi-Jean’s signature pumpkin roll and banana bread.
Bobbi-Jean found great happiness in the outdoors and the spectacular beauty the Millinocket region offered. She loved staying active all year; cross country skiing on her favorite trail (the Bait Hole), taking her daily walks around town with her husband Bernie by her side, boat rides to Sandy Stream Beach, and bicycling on the Rice Farm Road. Her favorite place to relax and sit in the sun was the wharf at her camp on South Twin Lake, with its beautiful views of forests and Mt. Katahdin.
Bobbi-Jean is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Bernie Madden of Millinocket; sons Jason and wife, Kristine of Haverhill, MA and Peter and wife, Mary of Gorham, ME; grandchildren William, Caroline, Kelsey, Palmer, and Hannah. She is also survived by her brother, Michael Walsh and wife, Pat of Millinocket, and sister, Karen Libby and husband, Mark of Dexter. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Gary Walsh and brother, Ralph “Buzzy” Walsh Jr.
We wish to give special thanks to the incredible staff of Avita of Wells, where Bobbi-Jean was a resident over the last 4 years. She will be missed there, where they all loved her for the beautiful person that she was. And finally, to the staff at Compassus Hospice, who helped provide loving care during her final days.
Per Bobbi-Jean’s wishes, an interment gathering at the Millinocket Cemetery will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, Buxton, www.mainefuneral.com