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Obituary for Madeline E. DeSesa (Hertigan)

Our dear mother, Madeline Esther (Hertigan) DeSesa, passed away on June 24, 2023 at the age of 92.
Madeline was born to Paris (Donabedian) and John Hertigan in Medford, MA and attended Medford schools. After graduating from Medford High School and entering the working world, she met and married Peter DeSesa of Everett and raised her family in Medford.

Madeline was a devoted mother, wife, daughter and friend. She was ever available for guidance, support or a sympathetic ear to anyone in need. She excelled at making a comfortable and welcoming home for her family who were always first in her thoughts and actions. She regarded her friends as her family as well.

Madeline was an unparalleled hostess and loved nothing better than gathering her friends and family together. She was an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Medford, St. Stephen in Watertown and Holy Cross Armenian Church in Belmont. Madeline was always happy to contribute her time and culinary talents to church events.

Madeline was also an accomplished watercolor artist, enjoying capturing local scenes or anything that caught her artist’s eye. On many occasions, she was asked to showcase her work at local art events and was always delighted to do so.

For many years, she and her family enjoyed spending summers at their Popponesset home on the Cape and frequently welcomed and entertained friends and family there. All of us will cherish those many, many years of wonderful memories.

In her later years, Madeline was a well-loved member of The Gables Independent Living community in Winchester, MA where she made new friends and continued to enjoy her artwork and social activities.

Madeline is survived by her daughter Susan and her husband Steven Elias, her son John DeSesa and his wife, Christine, her daughter Carol DeSesa, her grandchildren Zachary Elias, his wife Kimberly, and Adam Elias, Diane, Jackie and Katie DeSesa. Further survived by her loving great grandchildren, James, Payton and Adelynn Elias.

She will also be terribly missed by her nephews, Robert Hertigan, Gary Hertigan, Michael Hertigan, David Hertigan, Gary Jaffarian, Mark Jaffarian and their families.

We will miss her every day and smile when we think of her.

Our family would especially like to thank All American Senior Living and Ascend Hospice Care for the special care extended to Madeline. Their kindness and empathy is appreciated more than we could ever say.

Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington, Friday, June 30th, at 10:30 AM. Followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Raphael Church, 512 High St., Medford at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 9 am to 10:30 AM. Interment will be private. For directions or to send a message of condolence, please visit