Madeline C. Knox, 97

NOV. 30, 1915-MARCH 29, 2013

April 02, 2013
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Anna Madeline Cronise Knox, 97, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Broadmore Assisted Living in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Nov. 30, 1915, on a farm near Uniontown in Carroll County, Md., Madeline was the second of four children, and the only daughter of Paul Thurston and Anna Mary (nee Haines) Cronise.

Maddie grew up on the farm. She graduated from New Windsor High School in 1933, and found employment in a nursing home in Ijamsville, where the residents taught her to play bridge; the game became her lifelong passion.

Maddie married Clarence (Jack) Matthews Knox, a high school teacher from Gamber, Md., on Nov. 24, 1937. Maddie was a wife, mother and homemaker, and had three children, James Elwood, Richard Matthews, who died in infancy, and Judith Kathleen.

Moving to Hagerstown in 1946, Maddie and Jack became members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Maddie continued to enjoy bridge. When she discovered duplicate bridge in the 1960s, she began to excel, joining the Hagerstown Duplicate Bridge Club and the American Contract Bridge League. As part of a Swiss team, she won a regional bridge title in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1974, and attained the rank of Life Master in July of the same year. For many years, Maddie also enjoyed teaching bridge to beginners.

Maddie was a member of the Women's Club and Fountain Head Country Club. For many years, she was a volunteer collector for the March of Dimes, and served as the coordinator of volunteers for the entire North End of Hagerstown.

Maddie loved God, her family and her many friends. She loved bridge, and was a basketball, baseball and tennis fan, and through her cooking skills, she achieved a bit of local fame among the lucky people who were invited to share her hospitality.

Maddie is survived by her daughter, Judith Kazmirowicz of Perth, Australia; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Harman, Kenworthy & Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 

A funeral service will be celebrated Monday, April 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Oravec officiating. Interment will be immediately after the service at St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Westminster, Md.

If desired, memorials in Mrs. Madeline's name may be directed to March of Dimes.

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