Andrew Madeyski

Obituary of Andrew Madeyski

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Dr. Andrew ("Andy") Madeyski, most recently of Pitman, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 20th, 2023 at the age of 102. Born in Lwow, Poland in 1921, Andrew was the son of a judge and a WWI front line nurse. Eighteen years old when Hitler and then Russia invaded Poland, Andrew subsequently joined the Polish Underground resistance movement and became a member of the clandestine Polish Home Army - where meetings were held in private homes to learn the principles of city warfare. In 1944, at the age of 23, Andrew fought against the German army in the Warsaw Uprising. At the end of the Uprising a negotiation forced their surrender, thus sending the troops to German prisoner of war camps. Enduring starvation, cold, and poor hygiene conditions, Andrew spent time in three separate POW camps. Released in 1945, he then joined the Second Polish Corps in Italy for opportunities to continue his university studies. Relocating later to London, he met and married his first wife, Wanda, and in 1950 he graduated from the Polish University College with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1951, he and Wanda emigrated to Canada. Andrew worked for the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario in their Research and Development Division, and in the ensuing years, he and his wife grew their family with four children. Andrew completed a PhD program in metallurgy at McMaster University; in 1967, he moved his family to Youngstown, Ohio and later to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the next 30 years, he worked for Westinghouse Research & Development in metallurgical, polymer, and ceramic failure analysis and designed mechanisms of different materials to prevent mechanical failure. Over 50 years of professional work, Andrew presented lectures internationally, published reports and articles, translated technical articles from other languages, received professional awards, and taught college courses. Andrew married his second wife Margaretta in 1996. They lived in Natrona Heights, PA in Allegheny County for many years, and in 2018 relocated to Pitman, New Jersey. As of his death in 2023, Andy and Margaretta had been together for 43 years. To the end of his life, Andy was particularly known and cherished for his wit and humor, deep faith, intellect, and his kindness and compassion toward others. Andrew is survived by his wife Margaretta; his four children Mark, Tom (Dobbie), Martha, and Ann-Marie; his seven grandchildren Maia, Lisa, Cory, Ben, Jenna, Jasmine, and Hunter; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, Taylor, and Oliver. Via his second marriage, he is also survived by Margaretta's three sons Eric (Gail), David, and Jonathan (Julie); grandchildren Teresa (DJ), Christopher, Abigail, Rosemary, Catherine, Lydia, Sharon (Jacob); and great-grandchildren Ella, Iris, and Lily. Margaretta can be contacted at (856) 286-1703 or at United Methodist Communities at Pitman, 535 N. Oak Ave, Pitman, NJ, 08071. To hear a podcast Andy recorded at age 96, go here: To download and read Andy's autobiography, go here:
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