Madalyn Cain Wejman

  • Born: February 16, 1926
  • Died: October 9, 2020
  • Location: Acton, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Madalyn Cain Wejman age 94 of Acton passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020. She was so very much loved by her children, Pam, John (deceased), Heidi, and Winifred, as well as her grandsons, Stefan and Alexander. Her sons-in-law, Jamal and Jim share this loss as well.

She was born February 16, 1926 in the family home in Melrose, Massachuetts and was the youngest child of John E. Cain and Winifred Howell Cain. She was the sister of Robert, John and Patricia, all of whom passed before her.

Madalyn grew up in Melrose, where she attended school until heading to Emmanuel College in Boston. Her childhood playmates Norma, Priscilla and Harriet remained lifelong friends whom she reconnected with when she moved to Acton 47 years ago.

At Emmanuel College, she met the love of her life, Eugene Edward Wejman, who was an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). Madalyn knew he was the man for her almost immediately, and they were married on December 8, 1947. They shared a beautiful life filled with family and travels across the world until Eugene's death in 2002.

Madalyn was very active during the beginning of her marriage as a mother to four and with a series of relocations around the country resulting from Eugene's job promotions at General Electric. In 1966, they returned to Boston, after Eugene was asked to join (and later became President of) the family business, The John E. Cain Company. It was also an opportunity for Madalyn to be close to her mother Winifred, whom they moved next door to in Boston's Back Bay. It was during this time that Madalyn obtained a Masters in Child Development from Boston University and spent time counseling disadvantaged children. She was a devoted daughter, always checking in on her mother. Madalyn also loved and looked after her older sister Patricia as well.

In 1973 Madalyn and Eugene built a house in Acton where they would live for their remaining years. Always adventurous and curious, Madalyn became very interested in antiques and started trading American quilts with her partner, childhood friend Harriet Bridges. They specialized in those from Amish Countries and through the years cultivated an exclusive celebrity clientele who sought out their unique pieces. As an avid reader throughout her life, she was also a regular fixture at the Acton Memorial Library, always checking out several books at a time. When her eyesight failed her later in life, she continued to follow her passion by listening to audio books.

Madalyn's greatest qualities were her kindness and generosity. Those whom she looked after when they were sick often felt she had healing hands. She gave of herself, as well as materially, without a second thought. She also had an unflappable sense of humor, which she claimed she inherited from her Irish side, her father John. She inevitably had a comical or wry comment to make, even in her gravest moments of illness. It's for these reasons that her daughters and grandchildren considered it an honor to care for her in her last years, as her strength and resilience began to diminish.

She loved her husband, children, and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren. She liked nothing better than spending time together as a family. We loved her so much and miss her already.

The family is having a private burial.

The family requests that for those who would like to honor Madalyn's life to please send a donation to:
Acton Memorial Public Library
460 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720


Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember that the first few times I spoke to Madalyn, I felt almost immediately attached to her. She had a gentle, soft voice, a joyful and curious spirit, and a subtle sense of humor that almost made me laugh.
When I first met her, she was in her early 80's. However, she was not like a typical 80-year-old. She made friends quickly, held interesting and witty conversations with new people, and even had a youthful-looking face. When talking to her, you almost forgot about her age; All you knew was that you wanted a friend like her.
Ten years passed by very quickly.Madalyn was in her 90's when she started to receive visitors.
Each time I visited her, I had to re-introduce myself, and each time, warmth and sincerity and love would overflow from her. I visited Madalyn when my first child Jack was young. Madalyn, in her 90's, would literally hold him and roll with him on her sofa. She would imitate animal sounds and make funny expressions. She was a young woman who first fell in love and sang love songs to this little one-year-old boy. He had a bear jumpsuit with a tail, and he would stand by her shaking his tail while she sang: I got rhythm/I got music/I got my man/Who could ask for anything more?
Madalyn was such a good communicator. She was attentive, sympathetic, and encouraging, with a good sense of humor and a sense of tact. She was not someone you were talking to, she was someone to whom you were opening your heart, and she held your heart in her heart!
The deepest impression I have of her is probably her love for her family. Even in her late age, when she lost her memories of most of her life (and probably most friends of hers), she still remembered her husband and her children and grandchildren. Although I never met her children or grandchildren besides Heidi, I could feel how much strong love Madalyn had for her children and grandchildren, and how much love they had for her! My deepest sympathy to all of you!
Madalyn, my sweet friend, farewell my friend.

Posted by Eileen zhang - North shore, MA - Friend   December 20, 2020

Wejman Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Madalyn lived a long and wonderful life.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Patrick Cain - Kents Hill, ME - Family   October 27, 2020

so sad to hear of madalyn`s. passing.bev ued to talk about her all the time.she lived a good long life nice family.enjoyed the Christmas cards from madalyn,and the nice sympathy card when bev passed.may her soul rest in peace.I want to thank pam for letting me know god speed to the rest of the family.

Posted by robert gagnon - somerset, KY - Friend   October 23, 2020

Madalyn's friendship has been and will forever be truly among those I hold most dear. Madalyn was a stalwart, loving presence in my life. Amidst the joy, laughter, and kindness, she shared words of wisdom and guidance which will resonate in my heart and soul forever. Rest in Peace my dear friend - Dream with the Angels.

Posted by Darby Moynagh - Harwich Port, MA - Friend   October 20, 2020

I am so sad that Madalyn is no longer with us. I loved every moment we shared with conversation ranging from small to big topics, deep and frivolous. I enjoyed breakfast with her snd my mother, April, who had Madalyn as her best friend during her last years. Madalyn visited my mother and was warm and loving sharing stories about Edward, her beloved cat, and her daughters whom I felt I knew from the stories she told. She loved going along with Heidi on owl trips to schools. She loved life and was always great company.
I will miss her terribly and my trips to visit my family in MA will never be the same without those fun times I got to have with Madalyn.
My sincere condolences to all her family who are certainly feeling a terrible void.
Francesca Gagliano

Posted by Francesca Gagliano - New York, NY - Friend   October 19, 2020

My condolence to Madalyn's children and family. May her soul Rest In Peace. I miss her already.

Posted by Esther Poku - Worcester, MA - Family Friend   October 19, 2020

I will miss Madalyn. We used to have lunches together several years ago which I really looked forward to. She was such a great and kind Lady.

Posted by Paul Levine 19 Wright Farm - Concord, MA - Friend   October 19, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Madalyn's passing. She was known to me as the life-long much-beloved friend of my Aunt Harriet and of Harriet's sister (my mom), Jean Denton. I remember her as just the nicest person, and heard her name so often mentioned by my mom, my grandma and aunt while growing up that I felt like she was practically a member of our family also. Sending my deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time.

Posted by Carol Arrowsmith - Broad Brook, CT - Family Friend   October 19, 2020

May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with her beautiful family.

Posted by Jess Ghannam - San Francisco, CA - Friend   October 15, 2020


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So very sorry to hear of Madalyn’s passing. She was known to me as the life-long much-beloved friend of my Aunt Harriet and of Harriet’s sister (my mom), Jean Denton. I remember her as just the nicest person, and heard her name so often mentioned by my mom, my grandma and aunt while growing up that I felt like she was practically a member of our family also. Sending my deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time.
Harriet Carlton Bridges, Madalyn, and Jean Carlton Denton, Publick House, Sturbridge, MA, 1996
I remember that the first few times I spoke to Madalyn, I felt almost immediately attached to her. She had a gentle, soft voice, a joyful and curious spirit, and a subtle sense of humor that almost made me laugh. When I first met her, she was in her early 80’s. However, she was not like a typical 80-year-old. She made friends quickly, held interesting and witty conversations with new people, and even had a youthful-looking face. When talking to her, you almost forgot about her age; All you knew was that you wanted a friend like her. Ten years passed by very quickly.Madalyn was in her 90’s when she started to receive visitors. Each time I visited her, I had to re-introduce myself, and each time, warmth and sincerity and love would overflow from her. I visited Madalyn when my first child Jack was young. Madalyn, in her 90’s, would literally hold him and roll with him on her sofa. She would imitate animal sounds and make funny expressions. She was a young woman who first fell in l