“For but a brief time an angel walked among us…”
“…For but a brief time an angel showered us with love!”
My daughter, my angel, and my sunshine has gone. I was by her side when she entered this world, and I was by her side when she left it. At the dawning of a new day on Monday, 14th March, 2022, at 1:54am, Madeleine (Maddie) Irene Antunes’s life was taken from us while at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as the result of complications from an asthma attack.
Our Maddie was born on the 17th of August, 2010, at Doylestown Hospital in Pennsylvania, to the proud parents Carolyn M. Bartosiewicz Antunes and Jason C. Antunes. She was the little sister to Sophia and the big sister to Zachary (Zach) & Oreo Cookie (our Miniature Schnauzer), and mother to Tadd Cooper (her bearded dragon).
In addition to her parents and siblings, Madeleine is survived by her grandparents, Virginia (Ginny) & Michael A. Bartosiewicz and Manuel (Manny) & Margaret Antunes. She was the niece of Michael C. Bartosiewicz (Natalie), Jeffrey (Jamie) and Joshua Antunes (Terri). She is also survived by her cousins Lucy, Anthony, & Theo Bartosiewicz, Bradley & Amelia Antunes, and Ryan, Ben, & Emily Antunes.
There is no deeper bond than the bond among siblings. Maddie was everything a brother and sister could ask for. Sophia and Zach spent most of the days laughing at her antics and silly facial expressions. They best loved their time together whether it was swimming in the pool, teasing their grandparents, jumping waves, or watching movies together. Maddie loved to cook for the family and would often make treats and snacks for her brother and sister. There was really nothing she couldn’t and wouldn’t do for them. Her love knew no bounds.
Madeleine was a 5th grader and Safety at Groveland Elementary School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, an acting student at Lights, Camera, Acting! in New Britain, Pennsylvania, and a piano student at The Conservatory in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Watching her play the Great Wizard in The Wizard of Oz or beaming as she played White Christmas on the piano at the Conservatory Holiday Concert reinforced the belief that she was truly special. As the smallest defender on the soccer field, she had the biggest heart. She was a tough little angel who didn’t care how tall the opponents were, our Maddie would stand tall and stop them in their tracks all while wearing a Cheshire grin. Everything she did, everything she said, was done to make others smile.
Maddie was our little sunshine, a caring teammate, a best friend to many in the neighborhood and at school, a loving sibling, a devoted daughter and granddaughter, and a hero to us all. Madeleine was able to give the gift of hope through organ, tissue, and cornea donations to those who were in need of life-saving or life-enhancing transplants. As customary for organ donations, Madeleine’s last journey was commemorated with an Honor Walk to the sounds of Dos Oruguitas by Sebastián Yatra from Disney’s Encanto.
Madeleine may not be with us anymore, but she will forever live on. She will be that breath of fresh air that warms your soul, that rainbow in sky that appears out of nowhere when you need it most, and that tickle in your side that results in uncontrollable laughter as that was her way.
The family will receive friends on Friday, the 1st of April 2022 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm at Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington, Pennsylvania. At the family’s request, a private service will be held by invitation only.
Donations may be made in Madeleine’s honor to Doylestown Hospital (https://www.doylestownhealth.org/about/giving), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (https://www.chop.edu/giving), Bucks County SPCA (https://buckscountyspca.org/ways-to-give/), and Gift of Life (https://www.giftoflife.org/).
The family wishes to send a sincere thank you to the team at the Doylestown Rescue Squad 125, the Doylestown Township Police Department, the Plumstead Township Police Department, Doylestown Health’s Emergency Department, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for their care and compassion.