In Memory of

Esther Irene Madsen

March 20, 1916 - July 29, 2012
Esther "Irene" Madsen was born March 20, 1916 at Coalville, Iowa to Walter and Mary Mae (Crouse) Benson. She received her education in country schools in the Coalville and Swea City area. When she was 13 they moved to a farm in the Bancroft area. At 14, her mother passed away leaving a family of nine children, so that changed their life considerably. The family all got together and decided they were all going to stay together. In 1934, she was united in marriage to Jens Madsen at the Lutheran Church in East Chain, MN. They farmed many years in the East Chain and Swea City area until 1977. They retired and moved to Cherokee, IA. She was employed with Alco Discount Store for eight years. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed every minute she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cards with her neighbors and friends. On July 29, 2012, Irene passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 96. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jens Madsen; parents, Walter and Mary Mae Benson; and four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by four children: Donna (Richard) Waterbury of Cherokee, IA, Roger (Donna) Madsen of Spirit Lake, IA, Karen (Harry) Tarrant of Crescent, OK, and Dennis (Carol) Madsen of Fairmont, MN; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and a very special niece, Pat Showalter; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, August 3, 2012 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Magrey deVega
Tim Madsen Todd Brouwer Tim Brouwer Darren Wencl
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
"Softly and Tenderly" "In The Garden" by Andrea Orthmann "The Old Rugged Cross" by the congregation Organist- Koreen Anderson
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Friday, August 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to read that your mother has passed away, Donna. You and the rest of your family have our sympathy.”
- dale & helen sturgeon
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dennis, Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers to you and your family. ”
- Rob Larson
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathies to you Donna, Roger, Karen and Denny. It is hard to let our parents go, when they mean so much to us. Let memories warm your heart every time you think of her.”
- Morris and Sandi Holm
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Donna, Roger, Karen, and Denny; Our depest symapthies to you and your families at the loss of your mother. God Bless You in your time of grief.”
- Clyde & Lorrie Shottenkirk
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I just have to say that I will miss my grandma very, very much. She was the one I always called when I had a cooking question or a recipe question. She was the epitome of what a grandma should be... always fun! We spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up-almost every weekend. She would let us dress in old clothes and sit in the wagon when they were picking corn and then we got to stay in the wagon when it was full and they were dumping the corn into the corn crib. Every year she would give my brother and I a salted nut roll and my brother would drop his and up in the corn crib it would go and she would always laugh and go get another one for him. We would walk down the road every night and stop and throw rocks at a sign on the telephone pole. We would walk out to the field singing 'Jesus loves me'. We would sit with our backs to the tv during the old show 'password' and try to get each other to guess the word like they were doing on tv. She would read Little House on the Prairie books to us at night. We got to eat ice cream every night and she would tell me to slow down so it wouldn't go to my head.. and it would go to my head, but she never got mad at me for it. Grandma was always up for a game of cards. She helped me strap my doll to the back of my bike with rope so it wouldn't fall off. She didn't get mad when our dog got up on the table and walked on her noodles that were drying, we just laughed. We could always talk about anything. She made the BEST fried chicken. The kind with the white gravy that you would put over your bread when the potatoes were gone. And she gave me her brownie recipe just over the 4th since I couldn't find mine. We used to climb into bed with her and grandpa early in the mornings and talk and laugh. I could go on and on... she was the BEST grandma and I was VERY lucky to have her!!”
- Cindy C (Madsen) Brouwer
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna, Roger, Karen and Denny
My sympathies to you and your families. We will miss Irene's laughter, giggles and positive attitude to all of life and living. ”
- Eunice E Carlson
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