“Madeline Loftus was my oldest daughter. She was 24 years old. She meant the world to her family and friends. Madeline was enjoying her life and had such an exciting bright future ahead of her. She worked her way through college, and always found time to volunteer to help others. She moved back home to New Jersey to be closer to her family, along with starting a great and promising career path in a top pharmaceutical advertising firm. There was loads of promises here, and she absolutely loved working there besides the team members also loving her. She found time to coach a junior high school travel hockey team.
This winter she would leave work every afternoon, and play ice hockey out in an open pond. The fun she had with her brother, sister and friends was priceless. Madeline loved to ski, hike, travel, play ice hockey, the beach, fishing, sushi. She was so full of life, and took part in everything life had to offer. She was the only girl on the high school ice hockey team. The love of the game, kept her busy every day, also being an active team player on travel teams. She moved on to play college ice hockey for Buffalo State, and then moved to Minnesota, and played on St Mary’s University ice hockey team. Madeline always found time for her friends, traveling all over to make sure she spent time with everyone, even those who lived away from where she was. She was on her way to Buffalo State to spend the weekend with her college friends, along with playing ice hockey at what was supposed to be a reunion game. She told everyone she came in contact with the few weeks before, the fun she anticipated. Even though she had gone to Vermont skiiing two weekends in January, and New Hampshire in the beginning of February, the excitement to play hockey with her friends made her so happy. We all miss her so much. She is now skating with the stars in heaven.”
Anna Marie Russo – Mother of Madeline Loftus