Florence Madsen, 66, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars following a several months' illness.
The former Florence Virginia Ruden was born March 10, 1937 at Oyens, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Goetzinger) Ruden. Florence graduated from Gehlen Catholic High School in 1955. She married Bernard Madsen on Nov. 13, 1956, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The couple traveled and lived in many states early in their marriage, then lived in Le Mars the rest of her life. Florence had worked for many years as an office manager for JCPenney. Her husband, Bernard, died Sept. 6, 1990.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church where she had been active as a greeter and was also a member of the Altar Society.
Florence was a special lady who enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She also loved walking, bowling and watching the Game Show Network and the Food Channel.
Survivors include a son, Randy Madsen and his wife, Deb of Le Mars, and their children Le Ann and Steve Hazen of Ames and Matt and Lisa of Le Mars, a son Rick Madsen, a daughter, Deb Ritz and her husband, Dan, and their children Danielle, Jared, and Michael, a son, Ted Madsen and his wife, Paula, and their children Ted Jr. and Courtney; and a son, Jim Madsen and his wife, Jenni, and their children Nathan, Nicolas, Emmaily, and Ellianna, all of Le Mars; five brothers and their wives, Ray and Lorraine Ruden, Joe and Bonnie Ruden, Eldon and Mildred Ruden, all of Le Mars, and Tom and Marva Ruden of East Alton, Ill.; four sisters, Mary Ann Mousel-VonArb of Alton, Erma Bush and her husband, Lee, of Cleghorn, Cy Ahlers and her husband, Robert, and Jeanne Woll and her husband, Larry, all of Le Mars; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Joyce Madsen of South Sioux City, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Shirley Peterson of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; a son, Russell on July 24, 1963; and three brothers, Wally, Sylvius, and Harold Ruden.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A parish rosary will be held at 4 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m., and the Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be four grandsons, Matt Madsen, Jared Ritz, Michael Ritz, and Ted Madsen, Jr. and two nephews, Tom Woll and Charlie Woll.