Jeanne Mader

Jeanne Mader, 95, left this earthly realm on May 13, 2024.

Born on Sept. 17, 1928, at the Lake Placid General Hospital on Mirror Lake Drive in Lake Placid, she was the daughter of Gladys (Leahy) Randall and Robert Ames Randall.

She was a proud native and graduate of Lake Placid Central School, Class of 1946, an active class member, belonging to many organizations, president of the Eclectic Club, officer of her class, and a cheerleader as well as playing many sports. She also bought with her boyfriend, and future husband, a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster.

In 1950, she graduated as a Life Officer from Russell Sage College, Troy, with a bachelor’s degree in teacher education and as a Kellas Scholar.

Her interest in people and business was natural to her as her grandfather Thomas Leahy owned the Leahy’s Lakeside Inn on Main Street. She worked at Leahy’s Inn from the time she was 4 years old, killing flies in the dining room to working the front desk. She married Paul Kenyon Mader on Aug. 19, 1950, and they moved to Albany. That year was her first teaching job at Lansingburg High School in Troy.

In the summers, she enjoyed working at the State Capitol building for the vice president of State University, Don Allen Chevrolet, Remington Rand and teaching summer school.

In 1955, she became a stay-at-home mom to a son Paul Kenyon II (P.K.) and in 1956, a daughter, Susan.

The Mader family moved back to Lake Placid in 1958 and rented the house across from the Corner Store. Jeanne became active with the PTA, substituted, taught adult education and worked in the school office.

In 1960, they moved into the house on Saranac Avenue.

In 1973, they bought their condo in Florida.

She and her husband worked weekends at Whiteface Mountain. She on the ski school front desk and Paul teaching skiing. She was a trustee of the Lake Placid Public Library and served as its president. She and Paul established P.K.’s Boat Rentals in the back of their house on Saranac Avenue in 1968 to start a business for P.K. She worked alongside him until he hired his own help and ran the business himself.

With her love of teaching, she continued to substitute, tutor at home and teach young people to sew, do crafts and type.

Mom was always busy, and some called her the Energizer Bunny. She was playing tennis, walking miles a day and swimming well into her 80s. She loved to cook and send people soup. She must have knitted hundreds of mittens and sweaters and sent thousands of birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards. She loved and appreciated people.

She is survived by her daughter Susan MacLennan; her partner Kevin Johnson; grandchildren Justin Mader, Nolan Mader, Duncan MacLennan, Claire (MacLennan) and Vencis (David); brother Thomas (Diane Williams) Randall and their children Lisa, Thomas, and Julie and grandchildren; and daughter-in-law Eileen Liseno (Chrzanowski) and her husband Robert Liseno.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Paul Mader (2004), son P.K. (2000) and step mother-in-law Claire (White) Mader (2018).

Mom set a fine example. In true form, some of her last words were, “We will succeed to our highest ability.”

There are no services scheduled at this time. A service notice will be placed prior to future arrangements. The M. B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com to share a memory, upload a photo or offer condolences.

In honor of Jeanne Mader, memorial donations may be made to:

¯ Lake Placid Sinfonietta, www.lakeplacidsinfonietta.org, or by check to P.O. Box 1303 Lake Placid, NY 12946; or

¯ Lake Placid Public Library, www.lakeplacidpubliclibrary.org, or by check to 2471 Main St.. Lake Placid, NY 12946.