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Phyllis D. Madsen May 7, 1927 - April 12, 2009

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ATWATER -- Phyllis Darlene Madsen, 79, of Atwater, died Sunday at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park after a short battle with cancer.

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The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater. Burial will be in the Lake Lillian Community Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Atwater Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born May 7, 1927, in Lake Elizabeth Township, Kandiyohi County, near Lake Lillian, to J. August and Hannah (Hanson) Carlson. She grew up in that area, attended District 43 rural school and graduated from Atwater High School in 1946. She attended teachers training in Litchfield and taught school for one year. She then attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Golden Valley for one year before returning to teach in Kandiyohi County rural schools until 1958.

She married Wayne L. Madsen on June 19, 1953, in Lake Lillian. They lived in Lake Lillian and, in 1955, moved to Atwater. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was involved in Sunday school, quilting, ladies aid and in Uffda Days.

She is survived by her husband; children: Dean (and Lori) Madsen of San Jose, Calif., and Mary (and Douglas) Butenhoff of Barnesville; six grandchildren; siblings: Earl Carlson of Brooklyn Center, Alton (and Elizabeth) Carlson of Willmar and Clarice (and Paul) Nasby of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by infant daughter: Jean Marie in 1957; two brothers and one sister.

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