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Nancy Lou Madsen

d. January 3, 2019

February 17, 1950 ~ January 3, 2019


Sunday, January 6, 2019

1:00 – 7:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home

Harlan, IA

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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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