|The Turnpike Madonna in Warren, Massachusetts|
Now, I know.
A dairy farmer in Warren, Massachusetts, Alfred Brodeur, erected the statue of the Madona in 1964 after his wife, Eldora, successfully recovered from breast cancer, and a mastectomy and radiation used to treat it.
Eight years previously, Brodeurs farm had been cut in half by the construction of the Mass Pike, and his land went right up to the edge of the Pike between mile markers 68 and 69. He thought this location would be the ideal location to erect the statue to give thanks for Eldora's recovery, and to encourage prayer, and recitation of the Rosary from others, which Alfred felt had fallen off. He built a small kneeler and a little bench in front of the statue.
The three Brodeur children contributed to bringing electricity out to the site so that the statue can be viewed at night. Over the years a timer was installed, and eventually a light sensor.
|Diane Fontaine, daughter of Alfred and Eldora Brodeur,|
and her husband, "Bud". Photo: Lori Stabile / The Republican
Many people have stopped along the Pike to visit the site, something not wise to do, and discouraged by the family. Over the years people have left notes, rosaries, and other mementos at the site. If you want to visit the site you can contact the family.
Presently, there is no one to maintain the site after the Fontaines are unable to do so.
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