Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota

Madelynne E. McCormick, 77, was born October 31, 1941 to Francis (Ted) and Louise (Leitheiser) McCormick. She died December 31, 2018 under hospice care at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, SD.

She attended country school until the sixth grade when she attended St. Stephens Catholic School in Bridgewater, SD. Madelynne was then a student at Bridgewater High School with one of the largest classes to attend Bridgewater High School. Madelynne graduated in 1959.

After graduation Madelynne went to Sioux Falls, SD and got a job at Culligan Soft Water Service. She then worked as a key punch operator at John Morrell Company.

On September 7, 1963, she married Donald J. Schwans at St. Marys Catholic Church in Salem, SD. They both worked for a while in Sioux Falls, SD. In the spring of 1964, they moved to a farm by Bridgewater, SD and began farming with Don’s parents, John W and Margaret Schwans. To this union, four children were born: Pamela, Michael, John, and David.

After the children were grown, Madelynne went back to college at Mitchell Vo. Tech. in the baking division. Upon graduation, she took a job at the central kitchen in the baking dept for the Sioux Falls School District.

She worked there for nine years.

In 1993, Don and Madelynne sold their dairy cows and purchased the Corner Market grocery store in Bridgewater and changed the name to Schwans Market. They operated the store for 21 years, closing it on June 1, 2014.

Madelynne was a very generous, hard working lady. She was very active in her church where she sang in the choir, taught CCD classes, lectured and was a special minister. For many years, she not only attended to people at church but also took communion out to people who couldn’t get to church. She was very involved with the sisters at the Carmelite Monastery in Alexandria, SD. Madelynne enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and especially taking care of many flowers and her yard.

Madelynne is survived by her husband of 55 years, Don. Her children Pamela (Jerry) Evans, of Crofton, NE; Michael (Lisa) Schwans of Yankton, SD; John of Bridgewater, SD; David (Joy) Schwans, Montrose, SD; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; her brothers, Jim (Loise) McCormick, Salem, SD; Steve (Joyce) McCormick, Canistota, SD; sister-in-law Betty McCormick, Canistota, SD; and many nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis (Ted) and Louise McCormick and her brother, Patrick F. McCormick. 


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