Madonna McGuire Ryan

Dec. 19, 1933 — Dec. 31, 2017


Madonna McGuire Ryan, 84, died Dec. 31, 2017 in Des Moines, Ia., after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.  At passing, she was surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oakcrest Funeral Services located at 218 South Moore Street, Algona, Ia. The Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with refreshments immediately following in the church community hall located 201 East Nebraska Street, Algona, Ia. 

Madonna lived a rich and beautiful life- she was profoundly loved by her family, adored by numerous cherished friends, and treasured by two wonderful men. 

Madonna Jane (also known as ‘Mud’) was born in Algona, Ia. on Dec. 19, 1933, the fourth of five children of Zelda M. (Burtis) and John T. McGuire.  She always considered Algona her home, despite having lived in several other cities and states. Madonna graduated from Algona High School in 1952 and attended Cornell College from 1952-53. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1956. Madonna was always very active in campus activities, including her Delta Gamma sorority.  She received her Masters degree from the University of South Dakota in 1969. Madonna married Cliff Skogstrom in 1955. They raised two daughters, Jane and Joan and were very active in the Algona community until they retired to Green Valley, Ariz. in 1982, where she went on to built a successful career in Arizona real estate.  

Madonna returned to Iowa in 1990 and met Joe Ryan in 1994.  They married two years later and lived life abundantly, sharing their love for family, friends, politics, travel, and lake activities. The two blended their families and shared a beautiful life for the next 22 years.

In each town where Madonna lived, she was deeply invested and involved in the community from teaching kindergarten and organizing local committees, groups, and drives to chairing political campaigns and serving on numerous state boards, including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Terrace Hill Commission and most recently the Judicial Nominating Commission. Madonna had an endless capacity for kindness and generosity and was happiest when she could make a difference in someone’s life - whether for many or just one at a time. 

Those left to honor Madonna’s memory include: her two daughters Jane M. Skogstrom (Michael Sipe) of Minneapolis, Minn. and Joan L. Skogstrom (Philip Pitzen) of Des Moines, Ia.; by her four grandchildren Jessica Ruth (Alan), Susan Pitzen, John Sipe and Jacob Kuyper; by her three great grandchildren Sydney, Benjamin and Isabella Ruth; and by her siblings Marilyn Andreasen and John T. McGuire II. Preceding Madonna in death was her beloved husband Joseph B. Ryan and siblings Marion Will and Doris Potter.

In honor of Madonna and in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the MMR Memorial Fund (MMR Memorial Fund, 201 East McGregor Street, Apt. 4, Algona, IA 50511). 

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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