In Memory of Madeline C. McTasney

Madeline  C.  McTasney
Madeline C. McTasney
Born: March 2, 1922
Died: July 30, 2015
Age: 93
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Madeline C. McTasney
March 2, 1922 - July 30, 2015

Madeline C. McTasney, age 93, of California formerly of Odebolt, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in California.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 28, 2015 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Father Ronald J. Bengford will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa; Visitation will be held a half hour before Mass from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 28, 2015 at the St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

Madeline was born in Odebolt, Iowa, the oldest of thirteen children of Bernard and Irma (Dinges) Bengford. She had a beautiful smile, was kinds, caring and a good listener. After high school graduation she married John M. “Jack” McTasney, and they were blessed with a son. Later they parted ways. Madeline and her son, John B., moved back to Odebolt where Madeline helped her widowed mother raise her younger siblings. She also worked as a telephone switchboard operator for many years. In 1955 she enrolled at Briar Cliff College where she earned a teaching certificate, and taught elementary school students in St. Louis, MO and Sioux City, IA. While teaching in Sioux City she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Educations. Madeline also enjoyed traveling and working on community projects with her friends. Visits to her grandchildren included a trip to Iceland where her son was stationed as a military pilot. She also traveled to Israel with a church group. Community activities included the American Legion Auxiliary, the Tuesday Morning Club, the Odebolt Memorial Walk and being named a Briar Cliff College Alumnus of the Year. Periodically her brothers and sisters would have a family reunion in Odebolt involving hundreds of cousins coming from all over the United States and sharing fond memories. After retiring from teaching she helped care for her mother in Odebolt until Irma passed away. In 2010 she moved to California to be near her son and his family. At the age of 93, she passed away peacefully under hospice care with her family beside her. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Madeline is survived by her son and his wife, Jo Ann, four grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren, her two sisters: Mary Jean and Margie, and her brother, Norman Bengford.


Memorial Mass:
10:00 a.m., Monday
September 28, 2015
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Father Ronald J. Bengford


9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Monday, September 28, 2015
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Kay Bloyer, Organist
Jenna Schroeder, Cantor

"On Eagle's Wings"
"You Are Mine"
"Prayer of St. Francis"
"Be Not Afraid"

"Ava Maria"


St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Monday, September 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM
“Sorry to hear of Madeline's passing. I met her a few times and only met son, Jack, probably twice. My husband, Bill, died last March from lung cancer along with pneumonia. He was only 74 - we had been married 55 years. Sorry I won't be able to attend the memorial service but please know I am thinking about you and your family.

Linda Lee”
- Linda (Mrs. Bill) Lee
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM
“To the family of Madeline McTasney
I have many happy memories of your mother/grandmother/sister. She always had a pleasant smile and a friendly gesture. I have known most of the family for many years, as I lived in Odebolt before I married. I graduated from High School with Margie. She was a special person and am sure she will be deeply missed. Our condolences to you her family, and Gods' Blessings. Joan (Kies) Petersen Ida Grove, IA”
- Joan K. Petersen
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