PALERMO, ME—Madeleine C. Belden Haskell, 93, passed away peacefully, following a brief illness, on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.\r\n\r\nMadeleine was born in Liberty, ME on May 29, 1922, the daughter of the late Clyde and Iva (Fuller) Bachelor. She graduated from Walker High School in Liberty, ME.\r\n\r\nIn her younger years, she worked as a waitress at the elite Poland Springs House. Later during World War II, her marriage to serviceman, Arthur Belden, drew her away for many months to California and Kansas. When Arthur was deployed overseas, she returned to Maine where she worked at a woolen mill. Upon Arthur’s safe return, they settled in Palermo, ME and worked on the old family farm and raised three children. \r\n\r\nFollowing Arthur’s death in 1966, she worked as a psychiatric aide in the state hospital (AMHI). Then, politics intervened when she passed the Postal Service test and, as a Democrat, was one of the last political appointees before the system changed. The exciting news of her appointment of Post Master came by way of telegram and a phone call from Senator Muskie himself.\r\n\r\nOnce she was settled into her new job, she married Merton Haskell and they lived in Palermo, ME until his death in 2008. She served on the Planning Committee and Budget Committee. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Palermo Historical Society, and Palermo Christian Church.\r\n\r\nShe enjoyed her garden, planting trees, and sewing. Somewhere in her busy life, she obtained her EMT license, watched her grandchildren in school and sport activities, and even went to Unity Raceway to root for her son-in-law, Steve.\r\n\r\nOn May 20, 2004, the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives joined in recognizing Madeleine for her efforts in establishing the Civil War Monument in Palermo, ME. She spent over 10 years researching to identify and honor the 191 Palermo citizens who served in the Civil War.\r\n\r\nLast year during Palermo Days she received the Boston Post Gold Cane for being the oldest resident.\r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents; her husbands; her brother, Edwin Bachelor; her sister-in-law, Bertha Bachelor; and her sister, Barbara Thomas.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her sons, Gerald and his wife, Linda of Newville, PA, and Stevan and his wife, Cheryl of China, ME; her daughter, Sonia Nelson and her husband, Steve of Albion, ME; her step-daughter, Sandra Campbell and her husband, Albert of Farmington, ME; her brother-in-law, Maurice Thomas of Liberty, ME; her sister-in-law, Evelyn Potter of China, ME; her grandchildren, Arthur, John, Jason and his wife, Suzi, Galen and his partner, Eva Breault, Brittany Belden, Rick and his wife, Marcy, Rusty and his wife, Cara, and Darren and his wife, Amanda Nelson; her great grandchildren, Brynna, Max and Sophie Nelson, and Evan, Logan, and Alexis Belden; and several nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nA graveside service will be held in the spring at Smith Cemetery in Palermo, ME.\r\n\r\nThe family wishes to thank Sunset Home in Waterville, ME for the wonderful care they gave to our mother and we wish to give a very big thanks to Hospice for their help and support during the final few days.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations in Madeleine’s memory may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary, Palermo Historical Society, or Palermo Christian Church.