Madonna Nichelson, 82

Madonna Nichelson, 82, of Lexington, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood.She was born June 6, 1929, at Omaha, to Claude and Edna (Lobdell) Janson. The family moved to Cozad when she was in the 8th grade, where she finished her schooling. She was united in marriage to Jim Nichelson April 27, 1946, at Norton, Kansas. The couple was blessed with three children; Gerald “Jerry”,, Linda and Mike. Madonna worked several places during her working years; including, BD in Broken Bow, IBP in Lexington, and Walmart in Lexington. She also was the caretaker for several elderly ladies around the area and sold Avon for years. Madonna loved to dance and play Bingo, but being with her family was her greatest joy. She was a kind lady who had an award-winning smile and a heart of gold. She is survived by one daughter, Linda and husband Maynard Barnes of Broken Bow; one son, Mike Nichelson of Overton; daughter-in-law, Myrna Nichelson of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; special friend, Tony Kotschwar of Lexington.Madonna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim in 1988, and son, Jerry in 1994.Funeral Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with the Rev. Caroline Vickery officiating. Burial will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.Memorials are suggested to the Elwood Care Center or Lexington Regional Health Center Hospice. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: in Custer County Chief, Oct. 6, 2011