An educator and a source of bright light, fun and laughter who made friends easily

NORTH READING — Madeline Mary (Peyton) Favaloro, 93, beloved wife of the late John F. Favaloro, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

Born in Boston, she is the loving daughter of the late John and Katherine (Doyle) Peyton.

Madeline grew up in Jamaica Plain and was a graduate of English Latin High School. She attended and graduated from Teachers’ College, earning her bachelor’s degree in Education. She married John in 1954, moved to Dedham and settled in Norwood to raise their family. In 1985, John and Madeline moved to The Greens of North Reading, where she had been living for the past 37 years. Over the years, Madeline taught in Norwood, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Lynnfield, until her retirement from the Weatherbee Elementary School in Lawrence.

Madeline and John enjoyed traveling to Aruba, Ireland, California, Marco Island, and their  favorite, The Balsams Resort. They found comfort and peace at Grace Chapel in Lexington, where they grew not only spiritually, but became involved with the loving church community. In her later years Madeline became an avid Boston sports fan, following the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox. Madeline enjoyed playing tennis, reading, knitting, crossword puzzles and most recently Wordle, watching “Jeopardy” as well as entertaining family on the piano, with family favorites like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

A source of bright light, fun and laughter, Madeline was known for her fiery red hair and her quick wit. She made conversation and friends wherever she went and knew everyone by name. Her Irish roots and humor made her fun and loving to be around. Madeline’s greatest joy came from her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother, always staying current on everyone’s hobby or favorite sport. She will be deeply missed by her family and countless friends.

Devoted mother of the late Joan Favaloro, and survived by her children, Mark Favaloro and former daughter-in-law Robbin of Virginia Beach, Va., Debra McQuaide and her husband Bill of Andover, and Beth Favaloro of Charlestown. Cherished grandmother of Tom Favaloro and his wife Yiru, Andrew Favaloro and his wife Ellen Shadburn, Heather Favaloro, James Favaloro, Philip Favaloro, Ben McQuaide, Jenny McQuaide, and Luke McQuaide. Loving great-grandmother of Sofie and Kaia Favaloro. Loving sister of the late Hubie Peyton, John Peyton, Kay Hannon and Eugene Peyton, and beloved aunt of many nieces, nephews and great-grandnieces.

A Memorial Service will be celebrated at Grace Chapel, 3 Militia Rd., Lexington, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 11 a.m.  Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours and interment will be held privately. 

Because of Madeline’s kind and generous nature, she has insisted that in lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the North Reading Food Pantry, 150 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864 or at to help those in need.

Arrangements by the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park Street, North Reading.

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