Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - August 6, 2010

Anniversary

Thor and Jonelle Madsen

Thor and Jonelle Madsen of Atherton will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a party at Trader Vic's in Palo Alto on Aug. 28. The Madsens were married at their minister's home in Los Angeles in 1940. The young couple moved north to Richmond, where Thor worked on the shipping docks during World War II. After the war, they settled in San Carlos to raise their family. Thor Madsen founded the Thor Madsen Plumbing Company. He was active in San Carlos civic affairs, serving on the City Council from 1970 to 1973, and as mayor in 1973. He was also appointed to serve as a liaison between the mayors of San Mateo County and San Francisco.

The couple moved to Atherton in 1974.

In 1981, Thor Madsen and his business associates founded the Bay Area Bank of Redwood City.

He was a member of the Lions Club, 75 Club, Squire's Club, Elks Club, and Athletics Club. He served on the San Carlos Park and Recreation Commission for 14 years, with three years as president. He was a founding father and lifetime member of the PACE organization.

Along with raising three children, Jonelle. Madsen was active in the 75 Club, Junior Matrons, and the Atherlons. Both Madsens were active participants in the Chicken Ball, San Carlos' big theatrical production and fund raiser for the local schools.

They have three children: Barbara Woodward of Del Mar, John Madsen of Palo Alto, and Carolyn Caine of Los Angeles. They have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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