Lillian M. Madsen
FAIRMONT – Mass of Christian burial for Lillian M. Madsen, 91, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery in Fairmont.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Lillian entered peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday evening, May 5, 2013, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lillian Mary (Barthelemy) Madsen was born in St. Cloud, Minn., on Dec. 6, 1921, St. Nicholas Day, which helps explain her generous and giving nature. You can do the math on her age, but she would only admit to begin 39.
Lillian grew up on the family farm near Luxemburg, Minn. She graduated from St. Wendelin grade school in Luxemburg and from St. Cloud Tech High School. Her upbringing gave Lillian that “I can do anything” determination in life.
Lillian married Lester E. Madsen USN, of Princeton, Minn., in the fall of 1942. In early 1944, Lester’s ship, a destroyer, was bombed. Les survived, but with injuries. His convalescence brought him back to New York City, where Lillian caught up with him. All too soon, Les was returned to duty in the Mediterranean and Lillian came back to Luxemburg. Following Les’ discharge from the Navy, the couple located in North Branch, Minn., and later moved to Fairmont. Les was employed as Municipal Utilities manager in both places. In each, Lillian was constantly involved in charity works as well as church committees. She was the youngest of four daughters born to the late John and Catherine Barthelemy.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; her brother, Donald “Dan” Barthelemy; her sisters, Virginia “Jeanne” Justice and Violet Butler.
Lillian will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Leslie Madsen; son, Ronald Madsen; and her sister, Dorothy Opitz. Her nephews and nieces (too many to list), whose summers were not complete unless they could spend a week at her house, will never forget her.
Throughout her life, Lillian accepted whatever crosses she was given to bear and always had a kind word or story to share.
The family requests memorials be given in Lillian’s name to the St. John Vianney School Endowment Fund.