Teresa Lou "Teri" Madsen (Leffers)
Teri Madsen passed in peace on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by her loving family.
Teri’s story began October 25th, 1948 in Columbus, NE after being born to Elmer and Patricia Leffers. She grew up on a farm outside Columbus and moved to Meckling, SD in 1963 where she met the love of her life, Daryl Madsen. Teri graduated from Vermillion High School in 1967. The two high school sweethearts were married at the Bergen Lutheran Church in Gayville, SD on December 23rd, 1968. This was a day after the wedding date they’d planned when a roaring blizzard shut down the area, trapping everyone at home, making for the best wedding story ever, and prompting every future visitor to their home to ask about the beautiful needlepoint commemorating a day close to, but not quite on, their anniversary.
Teri and Daryl began their life together while Daryl attended college in SD, then in TX. They moved and planted roots in Richland, WA in 1973. There they raised their young children, Dara and Chad, until moving back to SD in 1979 where they selflessly ran the Madsen family farm and cared for Daryl’s parents.
Teri was a loving wife, mother, and grandma. In addition to those three full-time roles, she was variously a farmer, rancher, home improvement specialist, Sunday school teacher, paramedic, and EMT. Her singing and guitar-playing graced countless churches and homes around her friends and family. In addition to her angelic voice now blessing the heavens full-time, her gift of music carries on through her children and grandchildren. She blessed countless weddings and funerals with her gift of music, touching many. Her smile and faith brought a sense of happiness and joy to all she met.
Her care and kindness did not stop with people, but also fell onto God's creatures in her life. Her love of puppies, calves, especially the pigs on their farm is renowned in the family. There was one creature that did not make that cut, however. That love was actually more terror when it came to mice, just ask the few of us who enjoyed a good laugh with her after she showed off her ninja-like reflexes jumping up on whatever furniture was closest whenever the cats practiced catch-and-release mousing in the house.
In her life, countless people have learned by her example. Those who’ve taken her lessons to heart will ensure every grandchild is hugged, listened to, sung to and spoiled, every hungry person met will be fed, every guest will immediately feel like family, every illness or injury tended with both care and exuberance, show depthless kindness to those who could never reciprocate, and teach those around them that God can be seen in every daily occasion.
Teri’s kind spirit lives on through her husband of 49 years, Daryl Madsen of Viborg, SD, her daughter, Dara (David) Hartmann of Grand Junction, CO, and her son, Chad (Deana) Madsen of Hartford, SD. Her love for life is also present in her grandchildren, Megan and Zach Madsen, and Ethan, Parker, Makenna and Piper Hartmann. Teri and Daryl have a wide circle of friends, coworkers, and students in the local medical communities after crewing ambulances and teaching EMT courses for years. Their lessons have saved the lives of many reading this now. In addition to many beloved cousins, still living are Teri’s mother, Patricia Leffers, and siblings, David Leffers, Jeff Leffers, and Becky Marsh.
In lieu of Flowers, Teri would prefer donations to be given to the Viborg Ambulance Service, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.