Madonna E. Recker

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Madonna Recker, age 93, of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA with her family by her side. Madonna Elizabeth was born on October 6, 1919 in Chickasaw County to August and Anna (Delsing) Felder. She attended St. William’s School in Alta Vista. On June 7, 1938, Madonna was united in marriage to Al (Aloys) Recker, they were married 71 years before his death in 2009. The couple was involved in farming for 74 years. Madonna was actively involved in church and community activities. She enjoyed her family, crocheting, quilting, gardening, playing the organ and bowling. Madonna is survived by her children, Patricia Recker of Kansas City, MO, Mary Jane (Cash) O’Rourke of Severna Park, MD, Rose Marie (Helmut) Bonigut of Paso Robles, CA, Don (Lois) Recker of Cresco, IA, Maggie Rivers (Tom Thiel) of New Holstein, WI; seven grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; her sisters Rita Ann Nuebel and Helen Ray; her sisters-in-law, Bernice Felder and Delores Felder and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her brothers, Gene, Ray, Jerry and Bernard; sisters, Irma and Irene; sister-in-law, Phyllis Felder and grandson, Brett Rivers. Cemetery: Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 6:00pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial for Madonna will be held at 10:30am, Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista with Father Steve Garner celebrating.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Mother Mary Jane . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Linda and Ed Stuckrath

  2. Our sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mother. It was good to visit with you last week. I’m sure it is a very pleasant thought to know that she is now resting in her heavenly home.

  3. Please accept my condolences. Do not feel that you have to cope with your loss alone. God cares for you -1Peter 5:7- ; and he will give you the strength to carry on. I hope this help the Recker family.

  4. Rest in Peace Grandma Recker. You are now with Grandpa. We are blessed with wonderful memories and stories. You have taught us so much and we are forever grateful. We love you.

    Joe, Jennifer, Jacob and Katie Lockwood

  5. Sorry I can’t be there with you at this difficult time. Your Mother was a very sweet lady and will be missed by all.

  6. Sorry to all of Madonna’s family for their loss of your mother. She was a great person and will be missed by all of us. I enjoyed all my visits with her at the Colonial Manor and she appreciated it all. We know she is happy with Al now, so often she’d ask if I saw Al so she really missed him. Our prayers go out to all of you Fran and Jerome

  7. To the Recker Family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  8. Cousins Pat, MaryJane, RoseMarie, Don, & Margie: So very sorry we are unable to be there with you, but know you are certainly in our thoughts & prayers. What a wonderful, loving Aunt we had in Madonna and we will cherish all the many memories. She is now at peace.

  9. Dear Mary Jane , Cash and Families. We are all thinking about you. You have our Sympathy. Take care we love you, Lynn, Kalin, Karre’ and Jessica.

  10. Dear Recker Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy with the passing of your dear mom. She sounded like quite a lady. Special sympathy and prayers are sent to Mary Jane and Rose Marie. You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow and during the Mass and burial. Yes, she has gone home to be among the angels.
    Betty Buchheit Topf

  11. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family MJ – I know your Mom is in a better place and I pray you all find comfort in knowing that too.

  12. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your family. Your mom lived a long and productive life and has now joined hands with your dad in heaven.

  13. To the Recker Family, Our sincere sympathy and prayers to each and everyone of you. I remember as a child visiting your home and your mother being so very hospitable. Your mom is now at peace and suffering no more. Cherish all of the memories and hold them close to your heart.

  14. We extend our sympathy to your family. Another great lady from our home town has gone on to be with family and friends on the other side.

  15. Our deepest sympathies to the Recker family. Al & Madonna were very dear friends of mom and dad. Now they are all together once again. We have manyl memories and will remember Madonna for her wonderful baking and kind heart. She always dressed with class and lived a faith-filled life. May she rest in peace.

    Tom & Irene

  16. Recker Family, The Church service this morning was beautiful, starting with the choir, music, sermon, readings, and breaking of Bread. I am thankful for the family your Mom and Dad raised. Thank you for being friends in my life. Sorry, I missed you Rose Marie. The Prayer of St Francis was special.
    Jane Sinnwell Stauffer

  17. Just heard of your mom’s passing. My prayers are with you all. She was a wondeful lady. I remember all the times I went to the farm with dad and invited in for coffee and freashly baked trreats.

  18. Just became aware of MaDonna’s passing. I recall many happy memories of going to your home when you children were growing up. Had lost of good times. She will be missed. Deepest sympathy to the family

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