Madalyn Pagels

Madalyn J. Pagels (Sweet)

Sunday, June 22nd, 1941 - Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
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Madalyn J. (Sweet) Pagels was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 11 A.M. at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor, with Pastor Richard Sing officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, February 23, from 2 P.M. until 5 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Twelve Corners Community Church or Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Madalyn was born on June 22, 1941 in Benton Harbor to Aldrich and Elsie (Bahm) Skibbe. Madalyn grew up on a farm in Millburg and began her working career away from the farm at Producers Creamery followed by Whirlpool, Clark Equipment and AEP. Madalyn had a love for life and enjoyed the farm, traveling, shopping, eating out and most of all, her family.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Carl; son, Dean Sweet; grandsons, Scott (Jessica) Thomas and Adam (Shannon) Thomas; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Piper and Hudson; brother, Ross (Deb) Skibbe; niece, Sarah (Joe) Brookshire and her children, Josephine and Sullivan; nephew, Dustin (Brittney) Skibbe and his children, Westin and Aubree.

Madalyn was preceded in death by her parents, Aldrich and Elsie Skibbe; sister, Nancy Skibbe; and daughter, Amanda Sweet-Thomas.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Twelve Corners Community Church - Benton Harbor
    Hicks Ave. & Benton Center Rd.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Scott Janes

Posted at 06:05pm
Madalyn was the clerk for our shop when I started working at Cook Plant, great lady and always a smile! Sad to hear of her passing. Condolences to all her family and friends. Scott Janes

Susan Borrelli

Posted at 06:23pm
I worked with Madalyn at the Cook Plant. Such great memories. Hard worker and great coworker. Always lent a helping hand, especially during the outages. Always a smile on her face. My condolences to her family and friends. 🙏

Sharon Hafer

Posted at 06:23pm
Carl, so sorry to hear about Madalyn's passing. Lots of fond memories with the two of you and my ex. Bruce.

Tara Kelley

Posted at 03:51pm
Madalyn was always so sweet and always had a smile on her face. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She will definitely be missed by so many.
Much love to all the family
Tara Kelley

Maureen Bishop

Posted at 02:23pm
Thoughts and prayers sent to Carl and the rest of the family!

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