Mary ‘Madge’ Carlson, 89

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, followed by interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m., and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There will be further visitation Wednesday, 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.

The Chilson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Hawarden, IA, the daughter of William and Mary (Thinnes) Muth.

She graduated from Hawarden High School in 1942. Madge attended nursing school for the next three years; graduating from St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA in 1945, and 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 50 years. As a nurse, she worked in Sioux City, IA, 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.

Mary was joined in holy marriage to Herbert Warren Carlson July 18, 1948, 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 Carlsons owned and operated Herb’s Bakery in Winsted for many years. Madge often decorated the cakes the bakery made for special occasions.

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

The Carlsons then moved their family onto a farm in Stockholm Township, Wright County, in 1970.

Herb preceded his wife in death in 1982, and Madge 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 VFW Post 9232 Auxiliary.

Known as the life of the party, Madge had a special talent for singing and entertaining. She was a child of the Depression, and became very thrifty. Madge took to sewing everything from stage outfits, to blazers for her children’s prom.

Madge was a selfless woman who wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She saved and she gave.

She is survived by her children, Paulette (Randy Smith) Carlson of Darby, MT, Bradley (Ann) Carlson of Plymouth, and Joseph (Colleen) Carlson of Winsted; 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; and other relatives and friends.

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

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