Gertrude E. Madsen, 89, passed away gently in her home June 19, 2013 after a dignified battle with cancer. She was cared for by her family and Hospice and Home Care of Juneau. She was the fifth of nine children born to John and Marie Sivertsen in Wrangell, Alaska. She moved to Juneau, Alaska where she met and married the late James Donald Madsen in 1940. Settling on 9th street, Jim and Gertie began their Madsen legacy; model airplanes, bicycle shop, TV repair, firewood, sand and gravel delivery, fishing and hardware store, trailer house sales and land development, truly a pioneer of Juneau.
She is survived by her children: Esther K. Epperly (Gordon), Donald C. Madsen (Ana), Martin J. Madsen (Barbra), and JoAnn M. Sidney (James) all of Juneau, Alaska. Sister: Sue Linvog; Sitka Pioneer Home, nephews Albert Sivertsen (Marlena), Leonard N. Sivertsen both of Juneau, and Robert Sivertsen; Ketchikan, AK, nieces Ellen Ruhle (Mike); Sitka, AK, and Koggie File (Tom); Juneau, AK. Many grandchildren Bobbi Epperly (James Pietan), Peter Epperly (Kara); Juneau, AK, Donna Madsen; Hilo, Hawaii, David Madsen, Deborah (Abby) Madsen both of Juneau, AK, Michelle Clark (Jeff); Vancouver, WA, Jon Madsen (Mary); Vancouver, BC Canada, Sherri Delong (Darren); Sedro Woolley, WA, Jeremy Sidney, Wendy Smith (Wayne) both of Juneau, AK, and Ann Wallers (Carl); Haines, AK. She influenced the lives greatly of her great-grandchildren Damien and Taylor Tucker. Additionally she is survived by thirty more great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Many other nephews and nieces are scattered throughout Alaska and Washington.
Often referred to as "grandma" by many, she always provided a comfortable home. Seven decades of raising children, whether they were her own or nephews, nieces, neighbors, friends of her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren her home was a safe secure place to be.
Graveside services will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery at 11:00 am. Pallbearers will be Donald C. Madsen, Martin J. Madsen, James L. Sidney, Jeremy J. Sidney, Damien Tucker, and David Madsen; honorary pallbearers are Taylor Tucker, Peter Epperly, and Jon M. Madsen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gertrude's name to the following: Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 E. 6th Street, Juneau, AK 99801 and P.E.O., Chapter G, PO Box 20581, Juneau, AK. 99802.
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 25, 2013