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Madonna Laures

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Madonna Mary Laures age 79 of New Hampton, IA passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton, IA with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton with Leandra Laures, Isabella Laures, Logan Laures, Keaton Laures, Maryn Laures, Piper Laures and Christian Campbell serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a 6:45 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church. Madonna was born on March 2, 1942, to Amos and Hilda (Schluetter) Burgart in North Washington, and she grew up on a farm with her two older brothers and one older sister. She received her education and was a member of the Class of 1960 at North Washington’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s. In her younger days, Madonna liked to bowl in the winter and was a hard-hitting shortstop for the North Washington Jets in the summer. She loved telling stories of playing the game she loved and helping her team advance to a state tournament. Madonna married Russell Laures and the couple had three sons — Timothy, who died in infancy, Lynn and Brad — before divorcing. There’s no question, though, that her boys had a marvelous mother. Madonna taught them the value of hard work and the need to have a great sense of humor. She was a great cook and a superstar baker, whose pies, cakes, and cookies were legendary. In the late 1980s, she took a job as a cook for New Hampton Community Schools — working first at the elementary school before transferring out to the high school — and over her 30-year career, she touched countless lives. She loved her “kids” at school, and they in turn loved her right back. She had that ability to reach every kid that went through her lunch line, and when she retired in 2020, lunchtime wasn’t quite the same at school. Madonna was a member of Holy Family Parish and the VFW Auxiliary in Alta Vista. She was also a member of several card clubs and later in life, she loved going on “adventures” with her group of friends, or as she called them, “the girls.” She also loved to go to her daughter-in-law’s house and make strawberry rhubarb pies in the spring and apple pies and apple bars in the fall. The baked goods were amazingly scrumptious but the laughs in that kitchen were even better. Madonna always put her family first. She loved her sons and adored her six grandchildren, all of whom have their “favorite Grandma stories." They range from baking together, laughing together, to going shopping together, to the candy bowl that was always at her house, the candy that she brought out of her purse when she was away from home, as well as when they left their grandmother’s house, Madonna was always on the porch waving goodbye to them until they rounded the corner. They will also tell you that their grandmother had the best “eye roll” and could make them laugh at a moment’s notice. In so many ways, Madonna lived an extraordinary life, and even when life tossed proverbial lemons at her, she turned it into the sweetest, most loving lemonade. She was an exceptional caregiver; when you were sick, she took the best care of you. Material things meant nothing to her, yet she was the type of person who always came up with the perfect gift for her grandchildren. Her grandchildren, as well as their dogs, would describe her as "the best babysitter ever." Madonna was diagnosed with cancer on Oct. 11 of this year, but she didn’t feel sorry for herself; instead, in her short, valiant fight, she touched the lives of the doctors and nurses who cared for her. And she continued to love and laugh right to the end. She will be dearly missed, but those “Madonna memories” will last a lifetime for those she has left behind. Madonna is survived by two sons, Lynn Laures of Kasson, MN, Bradley (Terri) Laures of Denver, IA; six grandchildren, Leandra (Christian Campbell) Laures, Isabella Laures, Logan Laures, Keaton Laures, Maryn Laures, Piper Laures; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son in infancy, Timothy Laures; two brothers, Gerald (Rita) Burgart, Bob Burgart; one sister, Darlene (Jack) McGowan.

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  1. Laures family: May your cherished memories assist you in this difficult time, you have my deepest sympathy.

  2. Wow. She always mentioned looking at our Christmas lights r from her house to my parents when she would call them. I always thought of her when putting them up. I will continue to think of her with them. So sorry for your loss. Prayers.

  3. Madonna was the best to laugh and joke around with. A true highlight of my day getting to joke around during lunch. My deepest Sympathy to the family.

  4. I remember the pride Madonna showed when visiting about her boys and their families. She was a very special lady who was loved by many students and colleagues at New Hampton schools. Everyone was lucky to have known her. Damian, Bri, Bry and I send our condolences to the whole family. Madonna will be missed.

  5. Our Prayers and sympathy to all of Madonna’s family,we belonged to the same card club for year many great memories RIP Madonna.

  6. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. She was a one of a kind person. Always glad to visit with her at the drug store. Our sympathy to the entire family.

  8. Deepest sympathy to Madonna’s family. She was a bright smile in the lunchroom! She will be deeply missed. Donita Joens

  9. Deepest condolences for the passing of one of God’s greats gifts…Madonna Mary Laures. Memories of her brings a smile to my face. May she rest in peace.

  10. My Dad, James Rouse coached the Jets. He was so proud of the girls. Madonna and Darlene were two of his best player. Rest in Peace Madonna. You and your family are in my thoughts and prays. Roxanne Rouse Freidhof

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