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August 20, 1924 – Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
4-8 P.M.

Mary Madeline “Madge” Carlson, age 89, of Winsted, MN passed away on January 14, 2014 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN.

She was born in Hawarden, Iowa on August 20, 1924 the daughter of William and Mary (Thinnes) Muth.

Madge graduated from Hawarden High School in 1942. She attended Nursing School for the next three years; graduating from St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa in 1945, later receiving a degree in Nurse Anesthesia from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

Madge worked as a nurse anesthetist and registered nurse for more than fifty years. As a nurse, she worked in Sioux City, Iowa, the Veterans Administration’s Medical Center in Minneapolis, Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, St. Mary’s Hospital in Winsted, Watertown Hospital and at the Howard Lake Care Center.

On July 18, 1948 Mary Madeline Muth was joined in holy marriage to Herbert Warren Carlson at the Chapel of the Veterans Administration’s Medical Center in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage with four children: Gary, Paulette, Bradley, and Joseph.

In the fall of 1949, Herb and Madge moved to Winsted. The Carlson’s owned and operated Herb’s Bakery in Winsted for many years. She often decorated the cakes the bakery made for special occasions.

In 1964 they located to Moose Lake, MN where they owned and operated Herb’s Bakery. Madge continued anesthesia work at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake.

The Carlson’s moved their family onto a farm in Stockholm Township, Wright County, in 1970. Mr. Herbert Carlson preceded his wife in death in 1982 and Madeline moved into the city of Winsted 10 years later.

Madge was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. She also belonged to American Legion Post #407 Auxiliary and to the V.F.W. Post #9232 Auxiliary.

Madge was known as the life of the party, with a special talent for singing and entertaining. She was a child of the depression and became very thrifty. She took to sewing everything from stage outfits to blazers for the children’s Prom. Madge was a selfless woman who wasn’t afraid to her get hands dirty. She saved and she gave.

She is survived by children: Paulette (Randy Smith) Carlson of Darby, MT, Bradley (Ann) Carlson of Plymouth, MN and Joseph (Colleen) Carlson of Winsted, MN; grandchildren: Ryan Carlson, Nicholas Carlson, Noah Carlson, Hannah Carlson, Cali Gabriel Smith and Aaron Carlson; brothers: Bernard Muth of Sioux City, IA and William Muth of Omaha, NE; brother-in-law: Jimmy (Ruth) Carlson; many loving nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Madge was preceded in death by her loving husband, Herbert Carlson of Jordan, MN; parents: William and Mary Muth; son: Gary Carlson; grandson: Kristopher Carlson; brothers: Louis Muth, Lawrence Muth, Paul Muth, Arnold Muth and John Muth; and sister Dorothy Muth Swanson.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Madeline Carlson will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted, MN.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 4-8 P.M. at the Chilson Funeral Home. A CCW Rosary will be said at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:30 P.M. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to mass at the funeral home.

Casket bearers will be: Ryan Carlson, Nicholas Carlson, Noah Carlson, Aaron Carlson, Roger Narkie, Harlan Engelman, Gary Norman and Roger Kritzeck.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Helen & Mike Burton

    We are very saddened by the sudden loss of Madeline, speaking from an in-law perspective, she has had a huge impact on the William Muth family of Omaha, Nebraska. She is loved and cherished and will forever be in our hearts. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the entire family at this time.

  2. Wanda Wheeler

    I am so sorry about the loss of your Mother. She was a very wonderful person and I was fortunate that she would occasionally call me to visit. She was so positive and always told me that she was doing good except for her eyes. She never complained and was always concerned about everyone else. I know that she will be dearly missed and that this is a very difficult time for all of you but I want you to know that you and your families are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  3. Jo Ann Moses

    My dearest sympathy to all of Madeline’s family. I always enjoyed talking to her on the phone these past few years. She was alway so cheerful and so happy. The only complaint was her vision but she always said she was doing good. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I will treasure my many memories of her in my heart.

  4. Sue Thomson

    Dear Carlson Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a great character! I see many of her qualities in you. I know she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Rev. Mark J. Stoll

    On the occasion of the death of Madeline I offer my prayers and condolences. May the angels of God welcome her into paradise and give you peace.


    Fr. Mark

  6. Patti Steine

    I was so very sorry to see the obituary in this morning’s Tennessean newspaper. In reading the full obituary on this site, it brought back thoughts of Madge’s spunk and vigor for life. Although I only knew her a few years while in Nashville, she was such a fun and vivacious person. My condolences for your loss.

  7. Raymond and Robin Muth

    We were sorry to hear about the loss of Madeline and sending our dearest sympathy to all of the Carlson family. Keep her in your prayers and remember her always.

  8. johnna zitzloff

    I got to know your Mom while she lived at Lindenwood. I was an Aid there and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with her talking and reading mail for her. I will miss her sassiness and her smile and her singing! Rest in Peace “Mother” (I called her that and she called me daughter).

  9. Cindy Jorgensen

    Sending out prayers,
    Madge was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor.


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