Norbert McDonough Obituary Photo for newspaper

Norbert “Norby” McDonough

June 6, 1935 - November 7, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 82 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend.

Just A Good Man

Norbert “Norby” McDonough, age 82, of Kennett Square, PA saw his last sunset on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at home surrounded by family and friends. Known as “Pops” to everyone, he was husband to Marlene Madonna, his childhood sweetheart and bride of 61 years.

Born and raised in Broomall, PA, he was the son of Patrick McDonough and Sarah (Hunter) McDonough. Norby graduated from Saint Agnes High School in 1953.

He went to work for the United States Postal Service, where he would spend his next 41 years, retiring in 2001 as the Postmaster in Concordville, PA. Not content to ease into retirement, Norby spent the remainder of his life managing the family property in Kennett Square. In his spare time, he volunteered his time at the Kennett Food Cupboard where, in October of 2017, Norby was recognized for his dedication to the community.

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania and longtime resident of Kennett Square, Norby always considered the Delaware coast to be his second home. Over the years, he and his family spent their summers at the beach. After several summers in Rehoboth Beach, Norby and Marlene found their summer oasis in Dewey Beach on New Orleans Street. Were you to walk past the house, you would more often than not, find him in a beach chair in the front yard, smile on his face and his wry sense of humor waiting to pounce.

As best described, Norby was, “Just a good man”. Whether it was a customer at the post office, a resident in his apartment building, someone visiting the food cupboard, or someone simply walking down the street, all could count on one thing. Norby treated them the same. With love, respect and kindness. He truly was, a good man.

Norby loved his family. He especially loved doting on his grandchildren, creating lasting memories each summer as they grew up. Happy times spent on the beach, at the beach house, and for some of them, Saturday happy hours at Sculley’s or The Starboard.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by Karen McMahon (Gary Ceman) of Rehoboth Beach DE and their children Christopher McMahon (Krissy), Jack McMahon, and Ally Ceman. Eileen Taylor (Tom Taylor) of Newark, DE and their daughters, Ally and Molly. Noreen Lasorsa of Wilmington, DE and her son Payton. He is also survived by his sister Kathleen Liberace of Harrisonburg, VA, his sister in law Betty McDonough of WinterHaven, FL and many special friends and family members. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his older brother, Patrick McDonough.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 4:00 to 6:00 on Sunday afternoon, November 12, 2017, and again from 9:30 to 10:30 on Monday morning, November 13, 2017, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. His Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA Burial will be in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Kennett Food Cupboard, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to Saint Patrick Church, 205 LaFayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

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Memorial Donations

Kennett Food Cupboard

136 West Cedar Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Saint Patrick Church

205 Lafayette Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348



November 12, 2017 4:00-6:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.


November 13, 2017 9:30-10:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.

Funeral Mass

November 13, 2017 11:00 St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Marlene I only met you both briefly at Idas but remember you both as a very happy couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donna Massey ( Crossan )

    Donna Massey | December 18, 2017 at 1:48 PM
  2. I hope all of Norby’s family knows just how loved he was at the Kennett Food Cupboard! We will all miss his smile. He was especially beloved by one of the special needs boys who came a couple times per week to volunteer – a young man who had a hard time communicating socially but would brighten up like a lightbulb every time Norby came into the room. He will be truly missed.

    Kate U. | November 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM
  3. Dear Marlene – Was so sad about Norbys passing I knew that he wasn’t doing well but it still a shock! Dorby was one of a kind and what a great man and I will miss his smiling face at Shanahan.

    Joan Pennell

    Joan Pennll | November 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM
  4. Karen, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones.

    Maureen Langan-Burgess | November 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  5. It is with a very heavy heart we say goodbye to an unbelievable friend . He was a good, sincere, loving man who would do anything for anybody —wherever Norby was Marlene was right behind . RIP my friend I know you are moving things around in heaven already. We will miss you, May God Bless You and your family .

    Kathy & Drew Anderson | November 12, 2017 at 9:53 AM
  6. “You have only been gone a few short days, I miss you so very much. You will be forever in my heart. So many memories to cherish, what I would give for more. We will take good care of Mom, promise. Love you forever xoxo. Eileen”

    Eileen McDonough Taylor | November 11, 2017 at 8:07 PM
  7. Dewey Beach and especially New Orleans Street won’t be the same without Norby watching over everyone. Thank you for the years of friendship and love! He will be missed by many especially our family.
    Much Love to Marlene, Karen, Noreen, and Eileen.
    Tj, Bobbie, Leigh Ann and Jack Redefer

    Bobbie Redefer | November 11, 2017 at 4:58 PM
  8. My heart aches for you Marlene. Norby was a wonderful person. Im so glad we had the opportunity to get to know him. His memory will live on in every person that he has touched. I will truly miss his smile and the mischievous twinkle in his eye. The world lost an amazing person, but gained a beautiful soul to watch over everyone.

    Sending our love in this hard time. And praying you find comfort in your loved ones.

    Ashley & Ed Roberts | November 11, 2017 at 3:04 PM
  9. You have only been gone a few short days, I miss you so very much. You will be forever in my heart. So many memories to cherish, what I would give for more. We will take good care of Mom, promise. Love you forever. Eileen

    Eileen McDonough Taylor | November 11, 2017 at 6:37 AM
  10. To Marlene and Familay sorry for your lose are thoughts and prayers are with you and we will deeply miss him and his laugh and he was a devoted man 🌸🌺🌷sincerley Pam and Sue

    pam Gerald | November 11, 2017 at 4:59 AM
  11. 💐🌺🌹pam and sue sorry for ur Lost norby was a very nice man and we were have to have marlene and norby for our Landlord we have Lived here for 12 years in these apartments and we will Really miss him and he always treated us good and he made us Laugh

    pam Gerald | November 11, 2017 at 4:40 AM
  12. Marlene so sorry for the loss of your loving husband. I’m sure you don’t remember me, we lived across the street from you about 9 yrs ago. Mr McDonough always had a welcoming smile on his face and we loved talking to him. Praying your faith will help you through your sadness. KEVIN & LINDA HUGHES

    Linda Hughes | November 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  13. To Marlene and the family, it was a pleasure to know Norby because he was such a fine gentleman in the true sense of the word. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Arlene Schock | November 10, 2017 at 9:39 AM
  14. We have known Norby and his family for many years. Our thoughts go out to all members of his family.

    Richard Ram and Glenn Paskow | November 10, 2017 at 9:21 AM
  15. Will always hold on to our Scarlett Ave memories growing up and many more as time moved forward. Deeply sorry for your loss
    Much love, thoughts and prayers to all. Many Hugs !
    Anna Ranalli Dolac

    Anna | November 9, 2017 at 11:54 PM
  16. Dear Marlene and girls,
    We are so sorry to hear about Norby’s passing. You’re so right, he was a good man. So many happy memories that I will cherish . Sending you all love and hugs and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Patti & Joe Testa
    Columbia Falls, MT

    Patti & Joe Testa | November 9, 2017 at 11:39 PM
  17. calling Norby a good man is an understatement, just like he would have wanted it….he was a great man and will be sorely missed….but a life well lived!!!

    tom davis | November 9, 2017 at 5:05 PM

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