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Jack Mader and Maria Mader of Hillsboro Passed Away by Seth Mader

Seth Marder serves as Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, a joint institute between University of Colorado Boulder and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). In addition, he holds faculty appointments as Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Chemistry as well as Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering Program.

He is an internationally acclaimed research scientist with a proven track record of publications and inventions.

Early Life and Education

Jack Mader was born in Madison to Lawrence and Erma (Boldt) Mader and raised on a farm south of Orland. He attended Ramsey Grade School before graduating from Orland High School with his class in 1957. Additionally, Jack was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison as well as Rea & Derick Drug Store in Milton where he began as a soda fountain attendant before progressing into cosmetology services.

Later he married Darlene Strom and they had three daughters and one son together. He enjoyed gardening and sustainability practices and built an electric motorcycle which he used as his daily commute to SDRC.

He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Lawrence (Jennifer) Mader Jr, Jim (Connie) Mader and Lyle Mader; as well as many special friends. Services will take place Saturday in Hillsboro.

Professional Career

Mader was an early success story at the 2021 Giro d’Italia after ascending through the junior ranks, winning hilltop stage wins and taking home best young rider honors in that inaugural edition. When playingfully bowing to his spectators – showing an awareness for others rarely seen in sport where individualism often prevails – Mader showed an unprecedented degree of humility that displayed awareness for others rare in cycling’s competitive nature.

Mader was known to be modest but with an acute understanding of the bigger picture; his performance at that year’s Vuelta a Espaa cemented his place as one of Switzerland’s ‘golden generation’ of cyclists and earned him a two-year deal with Bahrain Victorious. Furthermore, his efforts raised significant funds for an African regreening charity by simply giving one euro per rider ahead in each stage.

Achievement and Honors

Parents: Michael Mader and Erin Hein of Hillsboro; Academic Achieves: National Honor Society (VP), AP Scholar with Distinction, MN ALA Girls State Delegate and UM Talented Youth Math Program Student; Activities: Eagle Eye School Newspaper Editor, Center Street Singers, CAM Club, Who Club and Varsity Tennis Captain are just a few activities Maria enjoys participating in. She volunteers at Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers as well as Red Lake Fundraiser to name just two examples! Maria will major in Economics at Northeastern University Boston in 2018.

Seth Wand was honored with three All-American honors as well as Big Sky Conference Player of the Year accolades during his time at Northwest Missouri State, leading them to win a 2015 national championship football team title. He earned this recognition through three all-conference honors as well as winning three Big Sky Conference Player of the Year honors.

Personal Life

She was an active member of Milton Moose and long-standing volunteer at Evangelical Community Hospital’s central supply and gift shop. Early on in her life she began work at Rea & Derick Drug Store Milton where she advanced from soda fountain operator to cosmetology. Later she worked for American Home Foods before volunteering with Noah’s Ark Daycare and Evangelical Community Hospital gift shops.

Mrs. Mader was a dedicated wife and mother to Wayne (Kathy) Mader and their four children Alex (Megan), Sam and Austin; Kim Kern and Paul; Lori Mader with Christian and Micah Mader as well as Seth Hennen her great-grandson (predeceased by both). She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church Madison.

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