Adele Madsen, 76, of Essig, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Rev. Joyce Tollefson Capp officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Schmucker Funeral Service in New Ulm and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, New Ulm School District #88, or the Sleepy Eye Medical Center. www.schmuckerfuneralservice.com
Adele Ona Nelson, the daughter of Arthur and Alice (Brekke) Nelson, was born October 1, 1935 in Triumph. When Adele was four years old, her father passed away and she and her mother moved to the Godahl area to live with her maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brekke. Adele attended Brown County District #26 country school through eighth grade. After graduating from St. James High School in 1952, she attended Mankato State College where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in several Brown County country schools, District #73 and District #9 which was later changed to #181. Adele was united in marriage to Dale Madsen June 19, 1955 at Albion Lutheran Church in rural St. James. They made their home in New Ulm until 1959 when they moved to Essig and raised their six children. After their children were all in school, Adele was a substitute elementary school teacher in District #88 schools. She spent over thirty years working for Harmening Oil in New Ulm before retiring. Adele enjoyed doing volunteer work, reading and working in her flower garden. She enjoyed day trips with her husband to plays and various musicals. Adele also was a fan of the State Fair attending as long as she was able. Visiting with family was a top priority. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm where she also served as a Sunday School teacher, served on the Library Committee and was a volunteer for various organizations.
Survivors include her husband Dale of Essig; children Terri (Denny) McKenzie of Rochester, Vicki (Bret) Engelhard of Richfield, David Madsen, Beth Madsen both of New Ulm, Steven Madsen of Essig; daughter-in-law Tami Madsen of New Prague; two grandchildren Cassie and Caleb Madsen of New Prague; brothers, Philip (Jane) Hanson of New Brighton, Kenneth (Kathy) Hanson of St. James, Keith (Irene) Hanson of Hopkins; a number of very special nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to her parents, Adele was preceded in death by her son Michael Madsen January 15, 2002.