Madelyn Ann Lansing, 67, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Winneshiek Medical Center. Visitation was Monday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home in Ossian, and one hour before mass at the church Tuesday. There was a 3 p.m. rosary service Monday. Mass of Christian Burial is at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Reverend Jim Brokman is the celebrant of the mass. Interment is at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian. Condolences may be left at graufuneralhomes.com Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home of Ossian is in charge of arrangements.
Madelyn was born Feb. 2, 1946, to John and Leone (Diederich) Tilkes in New Hampton. She graduated from North Washington High School in 1963 and then attended La James Cosmetology in Mason City. After practicing as a beautician for one year, Madelyn was united in marriage to Richard Lansing Aug. 27, 1966, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. To this union, five children were born. Madelyn was a homemaker, helped on the farm and later worked at The Cliff House and NICC. In retirement, she enjoyed family gatherings and watching her grandchildren grow.
Madelyn is survived by her husband, Richard Lansing; four children: Brenda (Jeff) Teslow of Ossian, Joyce (Philip) Waters of Hudson, Sandra (Alan) Lamborn of Nashua and Glen (Angie) Lansing of Postville; 11 grandchildren; five siblings: Carolyn (Richard) Havel of Calmar, Sister Lois Tilkes OSF of Dubuque, Nick (Jean) Tilkes of New Hampton, Jeanette (Bob) Hillegas of Nashua and Grace Pittman of Westminster, Colo.; and one sister-in-law, Florence Tilkes of Ionia.
Madelyn is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela; her parents; her brother, Lawrence Tilkes and two brothers-in-law, Wayne Pittman and Brian McClure.