Madeleine Aline Hedden Prohaska, 91, of Johnstown, entered into eternal life on Thursday, August 2, 2012. She was born in Morristown, NJ, September 11, 1920, the daughter of Peter and Prosperine Bazerque Hedden. She spent the second year of her life in her mother's homeland of France. On February 21, 1941, she married Stephen N. Proshaska, who died in 2003.
Mrs. Prohaska was a 1938 graduate of Johnstown High School and completed FMCC's Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Course. For many years, she was the business manager in the Prohaska family business, Steve's Signs. She also held various positions in office work as well as retail and customer service. Being a lover of people and very civic minded, Aline was involved in several community organizations, including the Society to Promote Revitalization in Gloversville (SPRING) and the Lions Club Auxiliary, in which she served as President. She is remembered by all for the contagious enthusiasm with which she lived every day of her life.
Mrs. Prohaska was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Johnstown, as well as the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Gloversville, where she served as a lay minister, taught religious instruction and sang as a soprano and an alto in the choir. In recent years, while continuing to play piano for the enjoyment of her family and others, she summed up those things most important to her: "God, Family, Music in that order." Aline was very active as a member and President of Mt. Carmel School PTA for many years. She also was instrumental in the founding of the former Bishop Burke Catholic High School.
Survivors include a son Stephen P. Prohaska of Johnstown; seven daughters Suzanne Williams of St. Johnsville, Denise Prohaska of Montana, Lee Prohaska of Rochester, Valerie Prohaska of Schenectady, Adrianne (and Mike) Sirois of Loudonville, Jocelyn Viscusi and Stephanie (and John) Cook, both of Johnstown; thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren on the way. Aline is also survived by two sisters, Eloise (and David) Sponenberg of Johnstown and Mary Peck of Broadalbin, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Prohaska was predeceased by her son Mark in 2005, a daughter-in-law Deborah Smith Prohaska and a brother-in-law Richard Peck.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 7 at 12:15 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown. Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 pm at the Barter and Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Johnstown. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.barterdonnan.com.