Funeral services for Madeline Grote of Harrison, Nebraska will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sioux County High School in Harrison, Nebraska with Pastor Gregory Sonnenschein of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Harrison, Nebraska officiating. Burial will be at the Harrison Cemetery.
Madeline Grote, 86, passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Madeline was born Klara Magdalena Bruegger to Fred and Martha Bruegger on September 14, 1927, at her family’s homestead ranch east of Node, Wyoming. She was the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. She graduated from Lusk High School and attended Business College in Denver, Colorado for one year before moving home to be her father’s ranch hand. Madeline married Melvin Grote of Harrison, Nebraska in November of 1952. Madeline and Melvin had five children. They resided on a ranch north of Harrison until 1969 when they moved the Thirty-Three Ranch south of Harrison. Madeline was instrumental in the Grote family ranching operation and could work cattle and ride horses as well as any man. Madeline was a ranch woman through and through, until the day she died.
Madeline had several hobbies. Madeline cared for her flock of chickens, ducks, and guineas, plus she raised a large garden. She was an expert in knitting and crocheting. She made many afghans for her friends and family and won awards at the Sioux County Fair for her handiwork. She enjoyed playing cards with her close friends on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Surviving Madeline are her children Bonnie (Mike) Anderson, Connie (Mike) Shay, and Sandie (John) Geiser; grandchildren J.W. Geiser, Jory (Syd Meidell) Geiser, Joni (Dan) LaFleur, Katy, Clancy, and Cass Anderson, Lane Grote, and Brenden Shay; great-grandchildren Brianna, Alli, and Cole Kleinlein, Angela Johnson, and Grant and Jack LaFleur; sisters Anna Mae (Bob) Coots, Winnie (Kenneth) Schipporeit, and Mary Rose (Dewey) Freeman; brother Ed (Rona) Bruegger; sisters-in-law Jan Bruegger and Norma Bruegger; brothers-in-law Morris Engebretsen, Loren Walker, and Ronald Grote; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Preceding Madeline in death are her husband, Melvin Grote, daughter Twila Grote, son Bill Grote, her parents, her brothers John and Fred Bruegger, sister Margarete Fernau, and special sisters-in-law Alda Engebretsen, Elaine Walker, Jerry Sue Grote, Ola Mae Grote, and Alice Rabe.
Madeline was loved by her family, friends, and community. She will be greatly missed by all.
Memorials in Madeline’s name have been established for the Harrison Fire Department and the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank in Harrison, Nebraska or Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford, Nebraska.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com