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Madeline Corder

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

NORTH PLATTE -- Madeline Coder, 92, formerly of Wellfleet, died Monday (Feb. 10, 2003) at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.

She was born March 23, 1910, at Cambridge, to Henry L. and Mabel Mousel. She graduated from Cambridge High School.

On March 12, 1928, she married Donald Coder. She was a homemaker and rancher's wife. They lived in Orfino, and moved to Wellfleet in 1938, where they raised Hereford cattle. Following retirement, they traveled extensively, including a trip around the world.

She was a member of St. William Catholic Church at Wellfleet and the St. William Altar Society. She was an Indianola Deanery officer. She was a 4-H club leader, Extension Club member, secretary of the Wellfleet Community Club, Lincoln County American Red Cross board member and past Chapter secretary, news reporter and correspondent for the North Platte Telegraph and the Hi-Line Enterprise in Curtis and a member of the Nebraska Press Women's Club. She was also secretary and treasurer of District 15 Nebraska Cow Belles Association, member of the Lincoln Planning Commission, Project SSI Alert District B Director, member of the Nebraska Commission on Drugs, Nebraska Governor's Commission on Status of Women, Charter member of the Priors Club of Nebraska, member of the West Nebraska Health Planning Council, elected Alternate Delegate to the 1972 Democratic Party National Convention from the third district, Chairwoman of the Lincoln County Democrat Central Committee and appointed Honorary Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. She was also a member of the McCook College Symphony Orchestra and the Sandhills Symphony Orchestra where she played the violin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, George and Douglas; two sisters; three brothers; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include one daughter, Sue and husband, Richard Kagarise of Peachtree City, Ga; one son, Paul Coder and wife, Genevieve of Wellfleet; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Coder of Lincoln; one brother, George Mousel and wife, Opal of Cambridge; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Nancy, Clayton, Matthew, Bryan and Gennilee Schmitz of Wellfleet, Chris, and Ann Marie and great-great-grandchild, Genna Blakely of Winona, Minn., Mike, Janet, Myka, Madlynn and Paul of Midland, Texas, Dan, Elizabeth, Cara, Allison and Hannah Coder of Lawrenceville, Ga., Mary Kay, Kent, John and Mark Blackmon of Wellfleet, Patricia Coder of Lincoln, Pamela, Stuart and Patrick Smith of Overland Park, Kan., William, Maria, William and Thomas Coder of Highlands Ranch, Colo., James, Stephanie, Madison and Mackenzie Coder of Scottsdale, Ariz., Elizabeth, Michael and Madeline Sparks of Sharpsburg, Ga., Emily, Marc and Elizabeth Battaglia of Newman, Ga.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the St. William Catholic Church in Wellfleet with the Rev. Ferdinand Boehme as celebrant. Burial will be in the Wellfleet Cemetery at Wellfleet.

Christian Wake services will be Thursday, 7 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Chapel in North Platte.

Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. William Catholic Church or the American Red Cross.

Adams & Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.