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Madonna Elizabeth Plueger

Rock Valley, IA: Madonna E. Plueger, 91, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Monday, March 18, 2019 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 21, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Rock Valley with Father Douglas Klein celebrating the mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Rock Valley. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Wednesday, March 20, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley from 6:00-7:30 PM. A prayer service will be held prior to visitation on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.


   Madonna Plueger was born January 17, 1928, in Lyon County, Iowa, the daughter of Joe and Gladys (Kramer) Ripperda. She married Don Plueger on December 28, 1948, in Rock Valley. The couple lived on a farm by Rock Valley before moving to town in 1956. Madonna worked for Waddell & Reed in Sioux Center, Iowa, then Kooima Machine for a while, then she managed the Rock Valley Golf Clubhouse for 18 years. Madonna was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Guild, and the Catholic Daughters of America.


   She enjoyed camping, and playing dominos and cards. Madonna was known as an excellent cook. One of the foods she was best known for was her potato salad. She also liked to go square dancing on Saturday nights with Don. She will be missed and her memory will be cherished.


   Madonna is survived by eight children, Suzanne (Galen) Schemmel of Alvord, Iowa, David Plueger of Canton, South Dakota, Duane (Kathy) Plueger of Sioux City, Iowa, Dale (Bev) Plueger of Rock Valley, Iowa, Douglas (Sue) Plueger of Rock Valley, Iowa,  Sandra (Harlan) Rens of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Darrell (Madona) Plueger of Goodyear, Arizona, and Daniel (Monica) Plueger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 20 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild;  brother, Dan Ripperda of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.


   Madonna was preceded in death by her husband, Don; infant daughter, Sheryl; parents, Joe and Gladys; grandson, Chad Plueger; an infant brother; sister, Mary Ann Selken; and brothers, Larry Ripperda, Frances “Rip” Ripperda, and George Ripperda.

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Our sympathy to you and your family. Losing a parent is never easy.

Kent and Syl Pruismann Mar 31 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of your Mom. You are in our prayers. I will always remember her from the family picnics.

Beverly ODonnell (daughter of Russ and Vera Johnson) Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was always smiling and gracious. Still have a recipe she shared with me. Sympathy to all of the Plueger family.

Don and Janet Doorn Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to see of your Mother's passing, Dave. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer. Having lost my Mom just a year ago this month, I understand you, Stacie and Dawn's heartache.

Love and Sympathy,

Kay Casanova Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Grand Gesture was ordered on March 20, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

May the Lord bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow, reminding you of treasured memories. You are in our thoughts today!

Bryan & Donna Voetberg Mar 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Pole plant was ordered on March 19, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 19 2019 12:00 AM