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Magdelena "Sparrow" Senty

December 30, 1923 — March 10, 2023


Magdelena Senty “Sparrow”, age 99, died on Friday, March 10, 2023, and joined the love of her life, Al, with whom she shared her life for 76 + years.  She was a gentle person with a quiet voice and beautiful smile.
She leaves behind their children, Michael (Laurie) Senty, Leah Senty, Donna Maxwell Senty, Jeffrey (Terrie) Senty; 9 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
All her life, Sparrow loved music, books, the outdoors; especially canoeing in the BWCA (Boundary Water Canoe Area), traveling with her husband, writing stories and poetry, and being together with family & friends she loved.

Sparrows, most often
fly together in flocks.
But, sometimes,
one sparrow like me
must fly away from the group.
I had to climb the rocks of Steppe Falls,
feel the force of the water tumbling
over the rocks around my bare feet and
find a quiet pool,
discover a single fallen feather
at the water’s edge.
As I picked it up and held it,
I knew I could fly on my own.
By: Sparrow Senty, October 2014

On Friday, April 21st there will be a memorial gathering for family and friends at FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY, 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, from 5-7 pm. A private family burial service will be at Sunset Memory Gardens.    In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sparrow’s name may be made to Olbrich Gardens ( or  First Unitarian Society (
The family wishes to thank Dr. Felz and his staff, the wonderful caregivers at Oakwood and Agrace for their compassion, empathy, and tender care.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road, Madison
(608) 238-3434

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