In Memory of

Madeleine Dee Reuter

April 11, 1922 - June 5, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Madeleine Dee Reuter

Madeleine Dee Reuter

Born: April 11, 1922
Died: June 5, 2018
Age: 96

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     Madeleine Dee Reuter, the daughter of Joseph and Carrie (Linscott) Hawksley, was born April 11, 1922 in Clinton, MA.  Her childhood years were spent in Massachusetts, where she received her education graduating from Lancaster, MA.

     Madeleine married Ivor George Reuter, Sr. on June 15, 1940 in Foxborough, MA.  They were happily married for 59 ½ years.  After their marriage, they lived in Massachusetts, where she raised her family. In 1959, they moved to Maine for a short time and then moved back to Massachusetts and in 1986, they moved to Virginia.  After retirement, they moved to Spencer, Iowa in 1987, where they have since made their home.  She was a longtime member of the Pentecostal Church.  Madeleine loved to read and do crafts and was an accomplished pianist and organist and played at both the church and the Senior Center along with various other churches.

     She passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the age of 96.  Madeleine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and three grandchildren.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Ivor (Norma) Reuter, Jr. of Spencer, Ruth Ann (Jim) Buffaloe of Pocatello, ID, Claire John of Norman, OK, David (Mary) Reuter of Altus, OK, Paul (Pam) Reuter of Concord, NC, Robert (Carol) Reuter of Attleboro, MA and Roberta Hall of Portland, OR; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; two brothers: Herbert Hawksley of Mansfield, MA and Edward (Cecile) Hawksley of Boca Raton, FL; one sister, Marilee Valois of Woonsocket, RI; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 9 at the Faith Pentecostal Church in Spencer.
Pastor Doug Enger
Pastor Brad Wallace
David Reuter
Paul Reuter
Robert Reuter
Jim Buffaloe
David John
Mark Reuter

Visitation with the family will be open after 2:00 P.M., Friday, with the family present from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Friday evening at the Funeral Home.
North Lawn Memorial Park 
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, June 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all of Madeleine's family. She was a joy to visit with when I brought books to her. She will be greatly missed by so many.”
- Rita Nuebel
Monday, June 11, 2018 at 11:33 AM
“I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Reuter family find comfort and strength in Jesus promise along with our heavenly father Jehovah of the earthly resurrection, where death will be eliminated forever. Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality though for God cannot lie! ”
- Debora Bailey
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“Ivor, sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, thoughts and prayers from our family.... ”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:59 AM
“I had a special bond with my friend Madeleine...

We were both gals from New England living in Iowa. She was independent and told it like it is. She was spunky, stubborn and had a unique sense of humor.

She loved music and was a talented musician. Even in her 90’s she was still rocking on that organ at church every week!

We both had a love for the local Chinese buffet and ate there many times together. I’ll never forget the time we were there and she took a Swiss Army knife out of her purse to cut up her chicken, wiped it off and put it back in her purse like it was the most normal thing ever!

She was our adopted Grandmother and spent many Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and Birthday dinners with our family.

Most Sunday’s she would ride to church with Andy & I and we always had the most random and crazy conversations ranging from world events, to cars, to music, to everything under the sun and we would laugh! We spent a lot of time laughing!

She was sharp as a tack for a lady in her 90’s!

She was a minister’s wife and was a great example of what a true Christian should be. I never ever heard her speak badly about anyone!

I woke up to the news that at age 96 she had made Heaven her new home and while I’m sad at her passing, I’m glad that this amazing woman got to be part of my life for the last 7 years! She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed! ❤️”
- Melissa Van Engen
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:22 AM
“So very sorry for the loss of your Mother and one of my best friends. We know she is safe in the arms of JESUS but we shall really miss her and her gifted music ministry. God Bless you and comfort you!!! Love, Bonnie.”
- bonnie johnson
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