Rozelle Irene (Miller) Madison (1921 - 2011)

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Funeral services for Rozelle I. Madison, 90, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers were her granddaughters Lori Hilsabeck, Becky Thompson, Barbara Landon, Susan Kuehnast, Pamela Parker, Angie Weitl, Beth Lauritsen, Lynn Andersen, Melanie Larsen, and Katie Merk. The casket bearers were her grandsons Paul Lauritsen, Tom Hill, Todd Madsen, Bradley Madsen, Patrick Williams, Clint Williams, Blake Williams, Jason Christensen, Trent Lauritsen and Dustin Lauritsen. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Rozelle Irene Madison, the daughter of Hans C. and Lydia Madsen Miller, was born April 19, 1921, at her parents' home in Sharon Township near Kimballton, and died May 28, 2011, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, Iowa at the age of 90 years, 1 month, and 9 days.
Rozelle was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She attended rural school east of Audubon near the Guthrie County line. She was a very happy child and loved spending time at her paternal grandparents' farm "The White Star Farm" which was located near her birthplace. She always enjoyed riding one of her ponies Fudge or Prince to school and picking up friends to ride with her. Following her schooling she helped at home and worked for other people.
On April 15, 1939, she was united in marriage to Bruno Lauritsen in Elk Point, S.D. Nine children Jerry, Rich, Judy, Patty, Cheryl, Sally, Mary, Paul, and Kent were born to this union. They lived on and operated several farms in the Audubon County area. During this time, Rozelle was a homemaker taking care of Bruno and the children. Bruno died Feb. 3, 1967. Rozelle worked as a baby sitter for several years. She then was employed as a cook at the Audubon Elementary School for over sixteen years until she retired.
On Jan. 24, 1975, she married Harold B. Madison at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. They enjoyed camping and traveling across the United States. Harold died February 21, 1995. Since that time Rozelle has continued to enjoy living in her home in Audubon.
Rozelle was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She enjoyed her weekly trips to the church to help fold the Shepard's Staff and help in the church kitchen. She loved to bake especially bread, cinnamon rolls, and pies. Rozelle always had a large garden and spent many hours canning the produce she grew. She loved to play cards and belonged to several card clubs. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to congregate meals. She also enjoyed spending time with her best friend Virginia Bornholdt who she had been friends with for over 70 years. Rozelle enjoyed her yearly "shopping trips" with her daughters. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren and attending all their special events.
Rozelle was preceded in death by her husbands Bruno Lauritsen and Harold B. Madison; her son Paul Lauritsen; her grandchildren Patrick Lauritsen and Elizabeth Hill; her son-in-law Larry Hill; her grandsons-in-law Jeff Nelson and Todd Nielsen; her parents; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Howard Rasmussen, Don Rose, Harry and wife Peggy Lauritsen, Eva and husband Curt Wilson and Mary Lee Lauritsen; and a nephew David Rasmussen.
Survivors include her children Jerry and wife Sandi Lauritsen, and Rich and wife Jan Lauritsen all of Audubon, Judy Hill of Exira, Patty Lauritsen of Kimballton, Cheryl and husband Jerry Wahlert of Exira, Sally and husband Roger Williams of Spirit Lake, Mary and husband Delbert Christensen of Audubon, and Kent and wife Teresa Lauritsen of Lockbourne, Ohio; her grandchildren Lori and Tony Hilsabeck of Walker, Minn., Paul and Donna Lauritsen of Waukee, Becky and Randy Thompson of Exira, Barbara and Darreld Landon of Fairfax, Susan and Brent Kuehnast of Humboldt, Tom Hill of Exira, Todd and Angie Madsen of Harlan, Pamela and Doug Parker of Elk Horn, Brad and Tamie Madsen of Kimballton, Angie and John Weitl of Omaha, Neb., Beth and Mike Lauritsen of Exira, Lynn and Jeremy Andersen of Guthrie Center, Patrick and Amy Williams of Marshalltown, Clint and Michelle Williams of Rochester, Minn., Blake and Emy Williams of Ely, Iowa, Melanie and Randy Larsen and Jason and Tracie Christensen all of Audubon, Katie and Jon Merk of Waukee, Trent Lauritsen and Dustin Lauritsen both of Lockbourne, Ohio; 45 great-grandchildren; her sisters Elaine Rasmussen of Exira, Wanda Rose of Omaha, Neb.; her brother-in-law Louie Lauritsen of Farmington, N.M., her step-children Mark and Linda Madison of Adair, Iowa, Stephen Madison of Dubuque, Paul and Sara Madison of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rita and Bruce Pfannkuch of Harlan; 10 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Ardivene and husband Hollis Walker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from June 4 to June 10, 2011