Joan Madsen

SCHALLER - Public visitation for Joan Madsen, 86, of Schaller will be 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller. A private family funeral will follow, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at a later date in the Schaller Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of arrangements.

She died Feb. 22, 2021, at Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City.

Joan Jane Madsen, daughter of William B. and Anna O. (Madsen) Archer, was born May 31, 1934, in rural Murray.

Joan attended several grade schools while her family lived in Iowa, Colorado and Washington State. They then moved back to Iowa in 1945, where she graduated from Varina High School in 1952.

She then worked as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell in Storm Lake until 1954. She had that operator way of answering the phone with “yellow.” She enjoyed meeting up with her past co-workers over the years.

One night, Joan attended the Fonda Firemen’s Ball at the Cobblestone in Storm Lake, where she met Elwayne Madsen. On Jan. 16, 1954, they married at the Methodist church in Varina.

They started their home in Storm Lake, where they were both employed. They then moved to Battle Creek, Galva and rural Ida Grove, where they farmed for three years until the drought of the 1950s.

On Oct. 13, 1954, they became the parents of a son, William Leroy of Galva. In October 1958, they moved to Schaller, where they lived and worked for Central popcorn, later known as Consolidated Popcorn.

Joan was employed as a secretary there for 28 years and Elwayne for 32 years, before the plant closed in 1988. From 1991 to 1993, they managed an apartment complex, with 102 units, in South Sioux City, Neb., until their retirement.

Joan and Elwayne enjoyed dancing for many years and met many good friends. They enjoyed many vacations before Elwayne died in 2003.

One thing you might not know about Joan: she was a member of the George Strait Fan Club and had a good collection of his albums.

In her retirement years Joan enjoyed spending time with her son and his family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed time with friends after Elwayne’s death.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, puzzles of all kinds, reading cookbooks and watching sports on TV.

She was active in the Schaller United Methodist Church and served as UMW treasurer for many years.

She had the ability to smile, even when things were not going so well. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her only son, Bill (Sue); and two grandchildren: Chris (Amy) of Wichita, Kan., and their children: Mick and Morgan, and Mallory Loflin of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Nicole (Ben) Huisinga of Correctionville and their children: Maddison, Will, Wyatt and Keira.

Also surviving are two siblings: Lyle Archer of Council Bluffs and Jean Garrett of Bullhead City, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Norma Archer; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Elwayne; her parents: William and Anna Archer; seven brothers: John (Esther), Tom (Alice), Robert, Evans “Pete,” William (Betty), Charles and Benjamin in infancy.

Also preceding her in death were her sister-in-law, Mary Archer; a brother-in-law, Ray Garrett; her parents-in-law, Leroy (Elsie Carstens) Madsen; a sister-in-law, Delores (Donald) Vogler; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Joan Madsen Memorial Fund.