Madeline Rife Yundt, 104, formerly of Moorestown, died peacefully on Dec. 27 at Medford Leas Retirement Community.
Madeline was born in 1908 in Chambersburg, PA, to Reuben Montgomery and Jennie Snoke Rife. She was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and taught in Marion Township High School, Millersville, PA, until her marriage to John Yundt in 1933. Together, they lived on the Ellis College campus in Newtown Square, where John was principal. Both were very active in nearby Marple Presbyterian Church where Madeline taught a women’s Bible class and became organist and choir director. She was secretary for the local women’s club and taught three classes of Red Cross First Aid at the beginning of the Second World War.
After a stint with the Army Specialized Training Program at Lafayette College, they moved to Moorestown, where Madeline began teaching in the Moorestown Middle School. She was active in the Moorestown Women’s Club, a member of the county board of Girl Scouts, the county board of the YMCA and national, state and county education associations. A deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, she also taught a women’s Bible class and served in many capacities.
Both Madeline and John retired in 1972 and moved to Medford Leas in 1977. There Madeline served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medford Leas Residents Association and secretary of the board for several years. She played piano for sing-alongs, vesper worship services and memorial services. As a volunteer she served in several capacities and was a member of numerous committees.
Madeline also worked with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind recording science textbooks for students, as well as reports and charts for the director.
The Yundts traveled widely, including a trip around the world, a tour of South America and a heritage tour of Germany.
Madeline was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was predeceased by a daughter, Joan, and is survived by daughters Elizabeth Haag, of Moorestown, and Karen Lunnen, of Sylva, NC, as well as grandchildren Suzann Ballester, Peter Tuttle, Paul Tuttle, Matt Haag, Jacquie Olsson, Ben Lunnen, Andy Lunnen and Jake Lunnen, and 11 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057, or Medford Leas Reserve Fund, 1 Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055.
Condolences may be left at www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.
Courtesy of Lewis Funeral Home
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