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Joyce Madole

Joyce Madole Jan. 27, 1926 - Aug. 30, 2013

NORTHFIELD - Joyce Marguerite Madole was born January 27, 1926, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to John and Harriet (Larson) Olson. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and as a infant lost her father. As a child she moved with her mother to her grandmother’s home at Millersburg. At the age of 10, she moved with her family to North Minneapolis where in 1944 she graduated valedictorian from Patrick Henry High School. She attended the University of Minnesota and on September 21, 1946, married Kenneth A. Madole at Grace Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. After marriage they completed their studies and Joyce graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. They moved for a short time to Mankato before returning to Minneapolis. In 1952, they moved to Roseville where they lived until moving to Willmar in 1970. While living in Willmar, Joyce pursued her interest in crafts by working at a craft store and taking crafting classes. They moved to Forest Lake in 1986 and to Northfield in 1987.

Joyce was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. She was an active member of Sons of Norway, Northfield Garden Club and Nordic Arts Group. She enjoyed crafts, gardening, sewing, traveling with Ken and researching her family linage. Joyce was creative, very intelligent, organized and a perfectionist. She loved her husband and family and always worked hard to help her sons improve themselves in all areas.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Ken; 3 sons: Steven and wife Judi of St. Paul, John and wife Ellen Schillace of St. Paul, David of Northfield; 3 grandchildren: Jessica and husband Mark Spickelmier of Roseville, Brittany of Minneapolis, Milo of Ann Arbor, Michigan; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her infant son Eric, and her sisters Eloise Mattison and Barbara Fallon Hassinger.

At the age of 87, with her husband and family by her side, Joyce passed away on Friday evening, August 30, 2013 at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30AM Monday, September 9, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Interment will be in Woodland Hills Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be at the church on Monday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.