OBIT MarieMadelineDunn

2/15/1931 – 4/22/2017

Madeleine Dunn, age 86, passed away on April 22nd at Villa Siena Senior Living Community. She will join her husband of 33 years, Robert J. Dunn, who passed in 2007.

Born in Holtzheim, France, a small town outside of Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France, she was one of eight children of Marie and Aloise Dangel. She displayed her courage and adventurousness early on, leaving Alsace in her late teens to become an au pair in Edinburgh Scotland. She immigrated to the United States, coming to northern California in 1955 at the age of 25 and worked briefly as an au pair. She then received training in nursing and became a registered nurse.


She married James F. Cook in 1956 and gave birth to daughter Catherine Cook in 1957. She later attended Foothill College and eventually graduated from San Jose State University in 1966 with a degree in teaching. She began her teaching career with a focus on special education, first in the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, then in the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and taught for 24 years. Her students loved her, and many visited her later in their lives to thank her for loving and believing in them.


She divorced in 1969 and remarried Robert J. Dunn in 1974. They had a fun and loving relationship and Madeleine became the adored stepmother of Robert Dunn’s five children. Madeleine and Bob also opened their home to two foster children as well. It was a full, happy, bustling household.


After retirement, Madeleine remained active and served as Activity Director at Sharon Heights Assisted Living in Menlo Park, as well as volunteering at the Mt. View Senior Center.


She is survived by her daughter Catherine Cook, stepchildren Kathleen Fleming, Michael (Gitte) Dunn, Bobby Dunn, Patti Tomasko and Kelly Fink, and foster children Robert (Kate) and Paul (Frank) Mesarchik.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her honor to the Villa Siena Foundation, 1855 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View 94040 or via the Villa Siena web site.


She was loved by all, and will be forever in our hearts.

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