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Madonna Carolan

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Madonna M. Carolan age 87 of Apache Junction, AZ, formerly of Charles City and Lawler, died Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Senior Haven Assisted Living Home in Apache Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City with Rev. Gary Mayer celebrating the Mass. Chris Cleveland will be the organist accompanying the I.C. Resurrection Choir. Lector for the service will be Jason Carolan. Christopher Njus, Nikki Njus and Trevor Carolan will present the offertory gifts. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Charles City with Tim Njus, Curt Njus, Jason Carolan, Jamie Carolan, Craig Holschlag, Brad Holschlag, Lucas Taddonio and Evan Taddonio as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Njus, Nikki Njus, Trevor Carolan, Blake Holschlag, Braden Holschlag, Kristin Pellymounter, Kaitlyn Pellymounter and Madelyn Pellymounter. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton is in charge of arrangements. Madonna Mae Carolan was born June 6, 1929, in New Hampton, IA, the daughter of John and Sarah (Carpenter) Brown. She received her education in New Hampton graduating from the New Hampton High School in 1947. On October 24, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Hampton she married Francis T. Carolan. To this union four children were born. The couple initially farmed near Waucoma and Lawler before purchasing their Charles City farm in 1970. In their younger days, Frank and Madonna enjoyed going to dances throughout northeast Iowa. Madonna also worked for many years at the former White Farm Equipment Company and for Floyd County Home Health. She loved her garden, especially the flowers and tomatoes. Her favorite time was that which she spent with her ever-growing family. Survivors include one son, John (Marianne) Carolan of Charles City; three daughters, Carolee (Terry) Stufflebeam of Apache Junction, AZ, Joannie (Orlo) Njus of Waverly, Linda Taddonio of St. Paul; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on February 19, 2011; two grandchildren, Ryan Holschlag and Jennifer Carolan, one brother, Edwin Brown.

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  1. Joanie and families: My sympathy in the loss of your mother, Madonna. Our mothers are so dear to our hearts and she is with the Good Lord now! Sharon Trewin

  2. Joanie and families, Our deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as your family faces the difficult days ahead. Harry and Mary(Smith) King and family

  3. Such a sweet, sweet lady with a kind and gentle heart! I will always remember her beautiful smile:smiley: Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother! Love and hugs to you all:heartbeat: Connie and Dennis Njus

  4. I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Aunt Madonna as one of the kindest and sweetest people I have known. Even though she was soft spoken she had that sparkle in her eye, spunk in her spirit, and a great sense of humor. I remember many Carolan family gatherings filled with playing cards and lots of laughter. May you also cherish the loving memories of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. To Carolee and all your family, I am so sorry for your loss. May all your good memories of your Mom stay forever close to your heart. My prayers and sympathies are with all of you,


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