Clara S. Madison, 82, Wabasha

Clara S. Madison, age 82, of Wabasha, died Sunday, March 1, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Health Care Center, Wabasha, MN.  
Clara Sophie was born May 17, 1937, in Lemond Township, Steele County, MN to Harris and Lillian (Brecke) Johnson. She grew up in Lemond, MN and graduated in 1955 from Owatonna High School. She worked for Federated Insurance after high school and met the love of her life on a blind date. On January 26, 1958, she married Donald J. Madison at Pontoppidian Lutheran Church in Lemond, MN, near Owatonna. They moved to Wabasha in 1960.  
She was a member of the Wabasha United Church of Christ. She volunteered at the DAC until she was hired part-time then to full time and then retired from the job that she loved. Clara was nominated by her boss, Steve Kohls, director of DAC and she won Secretary of the Year for her dedication and hard work. She had many friends, co-workers and clients that she had an active role with. Clara was a past Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star, Wabasha, MN.
Clara was a member of an elite “sewing” group that she loved along with spending time with her best friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed snowmobiling, camping in their R.V. and motorcycling. She was an avid MN Twins and MN Vikings fan and enjoyed crocheting blankets for anyone that wanted one.
Clara is survived by her son, David Madison, daughters and son-in-law, Carmen Madison, Connie and Robin LaRocque, all of Wabasha, MN; four grandchildren: Erik Madison, Plainview, MN, Whitney and Juan Alveraz, Austin, TX, Nolan and Bailey LaRocque, Wabasha, MN; two great-grandchildren, Weston and Gracelyn Madison, Plainview, MN, sister Donna Mae Minter, Owatonna, MN and in-laws, Don and Lorraine (Madison) Hueper, Baudette, MN.
 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother-in-law Owen Minter. As well as in-laws, Dale Madison, Lois (Madison) Hintz, and Orly Hintz.
A memorial service was held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Wabasha United Church of Christ with Reverend Sherry Drysdale-Schruth officiating. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wabasha.
Family and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Abbott Funeral Home, Wabasha and beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Urn bearer was Nolan LaRocque, grandson.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN.  Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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