Luella Madsen

January 30, 2020

obit Luella AC540113-April 5, 1926 – Jan. 22, 2020

Luella Madsen, age 93 of Lake Stay Township, Lin­coln County, died peace­fully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 31, 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Interment will occur at a later date in the Arco City Cemetery. Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To view Lu­ella’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit
Luella Mae Madsen was born April 5, 1926, to Carl and Lillian (Sherman) An­dersen on a farm three miles northeast of Arco in Lake Stay Township, where she would be a lifelong resident. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Luella attended school in Arco and completed her education at the University of Minnesota Agriculture School in May 1944. She was united in marriage to her childhood sweet­heart, Carsten Madsen, on Oct. 14, 1944, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Luella left her comfort zone in Lake Stay Township to follow Carsten during his time in training and at sea with the U.S. Navy during World War ll. She traveled to wherever he was sta­tioned, including Norfolk, Virginia; Houston, Texas; and finally, Hawthorne, California. While he was at sea, she spent her days working in an electroplat­ing factory. After the war, they returned to a farm lo­cated less than two miles from where she was born. There they farmed and began raising their family. Soon they purchased the farm next door with space to raise their three young boys. Luella and Carsten showed true perseverance when a severe tornado left their farm in pieces. They rebuilt it together, with Luella making the house into a home for her family, which was soon blessed by the birth of a daughter. Lu­ella actively farmed with her husband for the rest of her life, never truly re­tiring. Carsten and Luella celebrated 75 wonderful years of marriage in 2019. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Lu­ella died peacefully at the Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 93 years, nine months, and 17 days.
Luella was an active member of Bethany Lu­theran Church, serving on the women’s auxiliary and participating in Bible study. She was charter member of the VFW Post No. 6029 Auxiliary and was superintendent of the commercial building at the Lincoln County Fair. Luella served as a 4-H leader for 20 years, and was Lake Stay Township Clerk for nine years. Luella was a 20-year, courageous cancer survivor. During her free time, she enjoyed paint­ing, doing various crafts, and baking breads and pastries. Luella also loved to travel and play golf. She always found time to play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of all their educational and professional accomplish­ments, attending all their high school and college graduation ceremonies. They will always remem­ber her beautiful smile, her fresh baked buns, and that she always greeted them by name. She will al­ways be remembered for her love of family, country, church, friends, and farm­ing.
Luella is survived by her husband Carsten of Lake Stay Township; children— Glenn (Sara) of Redwood Falls, Murray (Kathleen) of Coon Rapids, Ron (Lynette) of Arco, and Kay (Mike) Ponstein of Marshall; 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Earl Andersen, sister Florence Runge, and granddaughter Jennifer Gladis.