Madelyn Hannah (Swenson) Pflughoeft, age 93, passed away peacefully at St. Anne Extended Healthcare on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Madelyn (Madie) was born in Blue Earth, Minn., on December 27, 1918, to Herman and Hannah Swenson, the sixth of seven children. She was orphaned at a very young age and raised by siblings; and from age twelve, she lived with many different families helping with chores and childcare. In her later teens she was a live-in cook and used those skills to prepare many different types of game that her husband brought home during their marriage.
She married Erwin G. Pflughoeft on March 15, 1941, and lived at Ridgeway and Winona. She made a comfortable home for her husband and five children. In early-married life, Madie sewed most of the the girls dresses made from feed sacks while living on the farm. When they moved to Winona Madie continued to sew outfits for her daughters all the way through their high school years. It was not uncommon for the girls to bring home fabric and know their mom would have the outfit made in short time, including their prom dresses.
Madie loved doing needlepoint and other handiwork, making special pieces that are proudly displayed in her families’ homes. Christmas trees of children and grandchildren are adorned with her tree-top angels and special handmade ornaments. Family memories include homemade birthday cakes and meals lovingly prepared of their favorite foods.
She was preceded in death be her husband, Erwin, daughter, Patricia Luhmann Gunderson, and all of her siblings.
Madie is survived by children, Bette (Wayne-deceased) Luhmann, Judy (Jack) Mouritsen, Wayne (Meri-Ruth) Pflughoeft, Richard (Denise) Pflughoeft; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Paul Welke, officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Madelyn’s casketbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Memorials are preferred to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church or St. Anne Extended Healthcare.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.