Nancy Lou Madsen (January 3, 2019)

Nancy L. Madsen photoFebruary 17, 1950 ~ January 3, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019
1:00 – 7:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Funeral Home

Monday, January 7, 2019
10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Horn, IA

Husband – Keith Madsen of Elk Horn, IA
2 Sons – Brent (Alicia) Madsen of Elk Horn, IA
Greg (TIna) Madsen of Elk Horn, IA
1 Grandchild – Peyton Madsen of Elk Horn, IA
Other Relatives & Friends

Nancy Lou Madsen, the daughter of Walter and Gladys (Stewart) Maassen, was born on February 17, 1950, in Atlantic, Iowa. She grew up southwest of Walnut, Iowa, and attended Walnut schools; she graduated with the Class of 1968. Nancy was active in the Rainbow Girls of the Masonic Lodge during her school years.

Following high school, Nancy studied cosmetology at Stewart’s School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She began her career as a hairdresser in Atlantic, Iowa. On November 7, 1970, Nancy married Keith Dennis Madsen in Walnut. The couple made their home west of Elk Horn, Iowa, where she was active on the family farm. She opened her home-based shop, “Country Design”, in 1985, and ran the business until her retirement in 2016.

Nancy was a member of the Monroe Chapel, rural Walnut, Iowa. As a community-minded person, she volunteered with the Elk Horn Bloodmobile for 20 years. Nancy enjoyed quilting and sewing, and was a good cook. She liked to travel anywhere. Her first and only grandchild, Peyton, was precious to her.

Nancy L. Madsen died on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She had reached the age of 68 years, 10 months, and 17 days.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marlene Christensen and Sheryl Madsen. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Keith Madsen of Elk Horn, Iowa; two sons, Brent (Alicia) Madsen and Greg (Tina) Madsen, both of Elk Horn, Iowa; one grandchild, Peyton Madsen of Elk Horn, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Mike Agnew officiating. Dianne Book served as the organist. Casket bearers were Todd Madsen, Scott Madsen, Dean Madsen, Clark Madsen, Aaron Madsen, Analise Letner, Michelle Selken, and Craig Christensen. Burial was in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Horn, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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15 Responses to Nancy Lou Madsen (January 3, 2019)

  1. Jan Taylor says:

    Thinking of you… sorry for your loss… Prayers coming your way….????????❤️????????

  2. Janet Eslick says:

    God’s Comfort to Nancy’s Family. I so enjoyed Nancy when she came to Peace Haven in Walnut to do my sister Ardelle & other folks hair. What a joy she was to lighten up your day, a very special woman!

  3. Marie See says:

    Brent, sending hugs from Guthrie Center!!!

  4. KC and Don says:

    Deepest sympathy, Keith, Brent andKC and Don Greg. Was so glad we got to visit with you , Keith and boys, and see Nancy on Tues. I will miss her crazy sense of humor. So sad she had to leave but happy we’ll see her again. Hugs for you all.

  5. Barbara and Larry Macke says:

    So sorry to hear this. May God be with you in this time of loss. Our love and condolences to all.

  6. Sue behrens says:

    Nancy was such a neat person with always a smile. She will be missed

  7. Carole haoffmsn says:

    Oh I’m so sorry nancy passed away. She was such a good friend.

  8. martha tibken says:

    She was a great and loving lady
    Am honored to have known her. Have known the family for quite a while
    Great family

  9. James and Bonnie McClure says:

    Our sympathies are with you at this time of your great loss. Nancy is at pease now may she be remembered for all that she has done for her family and community.

  10. Aaron Eblen says:

    Keith, Brent, Greg.. I am so sorry for the loss of one of the most wonderful women I have ever known! Nancy has and always will have a special place in my heart. She will be missed greatly!

  11. Robin says:

    My dearest sympathies to your family, Nancy. She sure loved her little granddaughter, Payton. We always talked quilting or grandchildren. We will surely miss you.

  12. Dawnel Smith-Haney says:

    My deepest sympathies to all! I worked very closely with Keith for 20 yrs..considered a dear friend..Great man & family..May God give them strength at the difficult time..I’m sure the Angel’s were singing to bring Nancy home…she adored & cherished her family & grandaugther..Dawnel Smith-Haney

  13. Donna says:

    My thoughts and prayers to all! Remembering all the times Nancy, Ev and I took trips to Elk Horn from Walnut. Cherished Memories! RIP Nancy.

  14. Deb Bieker says:

    Love and sympathy to all of you! Nancy was such a precious soul, always with a great smile! She will be missed. God’s comfort!

  15. Mindy Zahner says:

    My condolences to you Keith and the boys ! So sorry for your loss !

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