Obituary of Madeline Kaniatyn

August 17, 2021

Madeline Escobar Kaniatyn was born on April 24th, 1956 and lived in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the New School with her master's degree in psychoanalysis, and retired from a 35 year long career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Madeline served the Williamsburg, Brooklyn community at El Regresso Rehabilitation Center, helping women overcome drug addiction and domestic violence. Madeline is survived by her husband of 20 years, Ray, her daughter Gloria, her mother Aurora, her sister Ketty, and 2 grandchildren Ella (13) and Ethan (11).

Madeline had a strong interest in women's rights and empowerment, driving her love for Karate and self-defense. She earned a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu, and held self-defense classes at her workplace for women struggling to overcome trauma. Madeline was an integral part of various mental health support groups, for many years.

Madeline was so many things to so many people, and worked hard to achieve the things that were important to her. Madeline and Ray loved their grandchildren more than life itself, taking them everywhere they could for fun, cultural enrichment, and learning, from pumpkin picking, museum trips, Broadway plays, to zoos, sleepovers, movies, you name it. They attended many of their soccer and softball games, camp events, dance recitals and school graduations. And of course, grandma's pasta was always made fresh and waiting for them.

Madeline was a NYC girl – loved music, loved the arts, loved theatre, loved movies, loved diversity. She loved animals, donating to animal charities every month, and adopted a brother and sister pair as kittens which she cared for, for many years. She loved her grandchildren's dog, calling out "Dexi-darling!" when she visited.

What made Madeline special was her capacity to love unconditionally and demonstrated her love everyday. She forgave easily, always offered to help in anyway, and included others in sharing the events of her life. Madeline shared honestly and openly about herself and was funny and colorful, often telling jokes where laughter would erupt in advance of the punchline. She loved hugs, kisses, and always wanted people to know that her deepest wish was that those around her would be "taken care of". As Madeline's health declined, she even showed this for healthcare workers and aids alike, reaching out for hugs and telling them how much she appreciated them. Yes, love was what made Madeline so special. She will always be missed, and will always be seen in the presence of the things she loved.

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August 28, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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New York, NY 10012

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Thinking of all in the loss if Madeline. Her obituary is absolutely beautiful and so true. Truly The world has lost a champion, loving, kind, gifted and hero. Sharing friendship with Madeline Has and always be one of the greatest privileges and gift of my life's experience..Madeline touched so many lives.
I will always carry the gifts if love and lessons of wisdom she gave so lovingly.

Posted by: Gail Bach - New York, NY - August 24, 2021

I loved your smile. It will always remain in my mind & heart ❤

Posted by: Nilsa Negron - Vega Baja, - August 24, 2021

My Beautiful Cousin - Madeline,

When I mentioned you to others, I would often say my most BEAUTIFULEST cousin. That you are --- and will be in my heart --- forever. I am so grateful to have spent time with you until the end! Your strength and words of wisdom, are my motivation. I am so happy you got to meet BELLA, and she brought you some happiness and peace. I will miss you, but will never forget you.


Posted by: Annette Roque - Richmond Hill, NY - August 25, 2021

To my forever friend, Madeline
The profound grief I feel is in direct proportion to the deep love we shared.
The past 32 years, which flew by, Madeline showed me how strength manifests. It might sound trite, but her love, generosity and kindness was expressed every minute of every day in all her actions.
I am a better person for having walked the path with my beautiful, strong, loving friend.
As the song goes, Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance forever and a day.
And as long as Madeline was by your side, you'd fight and never lose.
Madeline would never let you down.

Posted by: Doreen Coghlan - New York City, NY - August 28, 2021

I first met Madeline while working at Pfizer. We became quick friends. We would always gravitate towards each other's desk where we would engage in deep conversations or just have a laugh. If our bosses were looking for us they knew where to find us. Madeline set a lot of goals for herself and with her determination and drive she achieved them. She was also a very spiritual person and I admired her for that. May you Rest In Peace my friend and I'm happy I had you in my life.

Posted by: Patricia Losak - Ridgewood, NJ - August 30, 2021
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