Madonna Baune


Madonna BauneMadonna Lou (Bestick) Baune age 78 of Redwood Falls passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Mankato Hospital surrounded by family after an extended illness.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Friday.  Burial will be in St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are preferred to Diabetes Research, The Myasthenia Gravis Disease Foundation, or the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Madonna Lou (Bestick) Baune was born March 31, 1938 in Leon, Iowa to Vincent and Delma (Stage) Bestick.  She graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1956.  On March 2, 1957 Madonna married Dale Baune.  They were married for 59 years, 11 months, and 9 days.

The couple had six children: Jill (Rick) Schultz of St. Cloud, Jay (Tami) Baune of Redwood Falls, Joel (Karen) Baune of Redwood Falls, Jess (Sue) Baune of North Mankato, Jody (J.R.) Weddle of Willmar, and Jason (Brenda) Baune of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren.  Madonna had four brothers: Tom (Ann) Bestick of Rush City, Jim (Barb) Bestick of St. Cloud, Pat (Louise) Bestick of Hutchinson, and Mark Bestick of Spokane, WA.  Welcoming Madonna home in heaven is her mother Delma Stage Bestick in 1939, her father Vincent Bestick in 1984, step-mother Florence (Kosek) Bestick in 2006, much loved Nana (LuLu) Hamilton in 2001, and grandson Jordy Joel Baune in 2007.


  1. Jim and Vonnie Schneider says

    Dale and family, our sympathy and prayers go out to you. We met you at Lorels and enjoyed visiting with you and Donna.

  2. Jill Anderson says

    Dale and family,
    Looks like heaven gets the best popcorn maker EVER!

    Big hugs to all of you. I wish we could be there in person to celebrate Donna.

    You have our deepest sympathy,
    Rob and Jill (Voeks) Anderson

  3. Sharon Heiling says

    Dale and Family you have our deepest sympathy She will be missed I always enjoyed visiting with her We are out in AZ until April so so sorry we won,t be there So sorry to here Gene and Sharon Heiling

  4. Jeff Messenger says

    Dale and family
    Really good memories of summer trips to Norway lake (almost 40 yrs ago). My parents Lloyd and Gerry Messenger have enjoyed your continued friendship over the years. My best to all of you over the coming days. Our family is thinking of yours.

  5. I am so thankful I had the joy of visiting with Little Donna during Mom’s last weeks. She was such a joy to visit with. Prayers to her family, I know she will be greatly missed.
    Toni..Donna’s daughter

  6. Dearest cousins, uncles, aunts who carry the Baune name….and friends
    My aunt Madonna flowered into a most lovely person….with a likeable bevy of children…who always enjoyed to join in on a good old sing along…maybe a little out of tune, but that might have been due to the rusty strings on my guitar as we are a bunch of frugal Germans….I visited with Madonna last summer at the Gregor and Ella dedication….she casually expressed her health sufferings cheerfully and honestly, I hope I will have the grace to give the same smile when my time comes. Rest in Peace, Madonna.
    Gary Baune
    And let me recall that it was at one of her kid’s wedding ( the name started with a J) after a polka/shadish/two step infested gala at the Wanda reception hall that my car got stuck up to the axles in some sort of southern Minnesota mud …. and it was Madonna who added the extra horsepower to get me out of the mess….okay that might be a bit of a Paul Bunyan tale, but it is closer to the truth than not. So in conclusion, Madonna was triple A in my book.

  7. Sue & Larry Bool says

    Dale, Just heard about Donna. Of course so very saddened by your loss. I have to say we didn’t get to know you two very well but we certainly enjoyed and maintain a lovely relationship with your son Jay and Tami & boys. You& Donna raised a wonderful son in Jay. I will be praying for your entire family. Sincerely Sue & Larry Bool Lincoln, NE

  8. So sorry to hear about Donna. Will have a Mass said for her

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