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Madelyn Miles

May 9, 1920 — December 20, 2011

Madelyn E. Miles, 91, formerly of Barrett, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Alton Home in St. Paul. Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2011, Christ Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake Clergy: Rev. Donald Wagner Burial: Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake Visitation: 1 hour prior to the service Madelyn was born on May 9, 1920, in Morton, Minnesota, to Fred and Katie (Smith) Potzler. She was baptized into the Christian faith and confirmed on May 11, 1933. She attended school in Morgan and graduated in 1936. She attended the Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato for two years and completed her four-year degree in education at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. On June 12, 1945, Madelyn was married to Robert Miles, and the couple made their home on a farm west of Barrett. In the mid-1970's they started Miles Tiling. Throughout those years, Madelyn taught school in Sauk Rapids, Barrett, and Evansville-Brandon. She and Bob enjoyed traveling the world and especially enjoyed their fishing trips in Canada. Bob passed away in April, 1985. Madelyn was active in local and state level politics. She loved music, classical music in particular, and was the organist at Zion Lutheran Church in Barrett and then at Christ Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake for many years. She also enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her family and her grandchildren. Madelyn lived on the farm until 2005, when she moved to the Serenity Home in St. Paul. She is survived by her children Sharon Clark of Anchorage, Alaska, Colleen Mace of Lakeville, Minnesota, Maureen Adams of Brainerd, and Mark (Sharyn) Miles of Woodbury; ten grandchildren: Tony and Trudy Mace, Travis and Gretchen Clark, Katie Adams, Jamie (Daniel) Lennartson, Heather Adams, Erin (Eddie) Huie, Matthew Adams, and Tristan Miles; and ten great-grandchildren: Brent, Autumn, Emelia, Caleb, Zachary, Caden, Owen, Marquell, Marshawn, and Charlie. Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, grandson Tory Mace (January 1978), and her brother, Lloyd Potzler.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake 116 1st Street NE Elbow Lake, MN US 56531

Previous Events

Visitation
Friday, December 23, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Service
Friday, December 23, 2011
1:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Cemetery Details

Location

Union Cemetery

Hwy 79 E
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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