Michelle Madoff

Michelle Madoff-Scheske,  former Pittsburgh councilwoman and co-founder of the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), died of leukemia on Saturday at Banner Health Hospice in Peoria, Ariz. She was 85.

Born in Toronto, Madoff moved to the United States in 1952 and settled in Squirrel Hill in 1961.

Disgusted by Pittsburgh’s poor air quality in the 1960s and '70s, she organized a group of neighbors in 1969 and created GASP.

Walter Goldburg, a personal friend and original GASP board member, said he was hesitant about joining the newly formed organization.