Zoe Ann E. (Stubbe) Madsen, 62, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013, after battling breast cancer for more than a year.� Zoe was born May 22, 1950 in Rock Rapids, Iowa, to Chas H. and Jean Stubbe.� Zoe earned her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1971, and married her high school sweetheart, Bob, just a few days later.� They were married 41 years.
�As an Air Force wife, Zoe and her family moved around the US and the world - from Tokyo, Japan to Madrid, Spain - before settling in Merritt Island, Florida in 1990.� On Saturday mornings, you could find Zoe on her weekly date with Bob, searching garage sales looking for 'treasures.'� Zoe loved reading, planting arrangements of succulents, and baking with her grandchildren. �There are no better cookies than the ones that came out of Grandma's kitchen.
Zoe was a crafter; she did needlepoint, cross-stitch, and sewing. She made baskets by weaving natural materials she collected from local vegetation.� She never kept the baskets she made; they are all in the homes of family and friends.� No activity was too loud or too messy for kids at Zoe's house - board games, finger paints, swimming in the pool, or mixing something up in the kitchen.
Zoe was a gifted teacher - starting as a middle school math teacher in Omaha, Nebraska, and continuing as a substitute in many of the places she and her family lived during their military travels.� Before retiring in 2011, Zoe worked as a safety instructor for United Space Alliance at Kennedy Space Center.� She taught 'her guys' as she called them - anyone who dealt with the shuttle, from the cleaning crews to the astronauts (and even on a few occasions, her husband).� She loved being a part of the space program, and she was excited for every launch.�
Zoe is survived by her husband, Bob Madsen of Merritt Island, FL; her sons, Clint (Bridget) Madsen of Plano, TX and Carl (Korrin) Madsen of Jupiter, FL; her daughter, Paige Madsen of Iowa City, IA; her grandchildren, Abigail, Tanner, Hannah, Faith, and Elizabeth; her mother, Jean Stubbe of George, IA; her brothers, Dennis (Diane) Stubbe of Spirit Lake, IA, Charlie (Sandy) Stubbe of Cherokee, IA, and Brent (Mary) Stubbe of Raleigh, NC; her sisters, Glee (Paul) Wiersma of George, IA, and Jill (Gary) Schmitt of Lee's Summit, MO; and a large extended family.� She was preceded in death by her father, Chas H. Stubbe; father-in-law, William Madsen; sister, Linda Spiller; and brother, Mahlon Stubbe.�
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa
Rev. Dr. Paul Soderquist
Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Friday night at the church.
"Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
by Craig Madsen
"Family of God"
Organist- Marcia Klimes
Evergreen Lawn Cemetery