Madonna Nightingale

Madonna Nightingale


August 1, 1948 - April 24, 2023


Madonna Nightingale, 74, of White Lake, SD, died Monday, April 24, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, April 28, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at St. Peter’s Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Madonna Jean Nightingale was born August 1, 1948, to Harold and Mary Harriet (Billiam) Schramm in Flandreau, SD. She attended and graduated from Flandreau High School.

Madonna was united in marriage to Erwin Nightingale on April 4, 1970 at St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in Flandreau.

After Madonna worked at the Silver Dollar Café in White Lake for many years, she began her employment at the White Lake School until her retirement. Over the years she was active in her church, and was a Religious Ed teacher. She loved her time on the farm with Erwin feeding and caring for the animals, especially feeding her favorite calf Baby Ruth candy bars.

Madonna was an amazing, spunky lady who you never had to wonder what she was thinking. Her husband of 53 years, children, and grandchildren were her world. She was the most selfless and hardworking individual. She touched many lives through serving at the café and school, handing out popcorn balls, baking caramel rolls, or just harassing them on the street. It brought her so much joy. She had a true caregiver and serving soul.

Madonna is survived by her husband, Erwin of White Lake; children, Mary (Wade Hooker) Nightingale of Sioux Falls, Amy (Mike) Schlup of Hudson, SD, Christy (Andy) Espedal of Plankinton; five grandchildren, Lane, Allyson, and Kaytlyn Espedal, and Will and Hope Nightingale; siblings, Roy (Ruth) Schramm, Patty Clark, Anita Coplan, and DeVere (Debbie) Schramm; in-laws, Gerald Holzhauser, Marie Johnson, Leonard Nightingale, Doris Schnabel, Deloris (Ron) Kelly, Delbert Nightingale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Harold George Nightingale; infant grandson, Timothy Dennis Schlup; infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Schlup; her parents; siblings, Sharon Muns and David Schramm; and mother-in-law, Minnie Nightingale.


Thursday, April 27, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


Friday, April 28, 2023
10:30 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, SD

Posted by Rochele (Schramm) Moser on April 28, 2023
So sorry to hear of Madonna's passing. We will be thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Vickie Blindauer on April 27, 2023
Thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a neat and beautiful person
Posted by Wayne and Kristie Haines on April 27, 2023
She was so special that she never needed a last name. No one ever asked Madonna who? Peace be with you all.
Posted by Bobbie Prickett. Herrlein. on April 26, 2023
So sorry. Hugs to the family
Posted by Merlyn and Deb Haak on April 26, 2023
Loved working with her and can still her teasing someone. All our sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Kathy Hallman on April 26, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Madonna was a great friend to my mom.(Gertie Herrlein) they were always laughing about something
Posted by Becky Deber fortney on April 26, 2023
So sorry for your loss of your mom your mom was so nice to me every time I saw her she will be miss dearly
Posted by Neil Peters on April 26, 2023
Mary, Amy, Christy, Erv, and families. Deepest sympathy for your loss. Madonna was truly one of a kind, a very special person and always lots of fun. She will be missed.
Posted by Jen Eckerman on April 25, 2023
So very sorry for your loss! She was one of a kind!!
Posted by Annie Johnson on April 25, 2023
My heart goes to the family. Madonna was very caring lovely lady. We will miss her smile and popcorn balls.
Posted by Rosemary Hanson Jaacks on April 25, 2023
God Bless and Comfort your family in the loss of your Beloved Madonna! She was always Friendly! Remember there’s “ No Tears” past Heavens Gates!! ❤️☦️💜
Posted by Renee Peters on April 25, 2023
So sorry, our hearts go out to all of you, I’ll remember them always driving around town and waving each time we’d meet as I was walking, and they both were so good to my Dad, sending thoughts n prayers!
Posted by Donna Steele Korus on April 25, 2023
Always had a friend lying smile and would always speak to evrryone.
Posted by Rachel Donker on April 25, 2023
She was one of a kind..She will be missed dearly!
Posted by Elizabeth Hooker on April 25, 2023
So sorry to hear about your mom prayers love u all
Posted by Paulena Hanten on April 25, 2023
Very sorry to hear this. Your Mom was a wonderful, caring person.
Posted by Yvonne Mayfield on April 25, 2023
So sorry to hear this, she was truly a wonderful lady. Hugs and prayers of comfort for all
Posted by Karen nightingale on April 25, 2023
So sorry
Posted by Ronald & Theresa Glissendorf on April 25, 2023
She was a wonderful lady, loved working at the school with her.
Posted by Patrick McGeough on April 25, 2023
Just one of the very sweetest people ever. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Christel Hein on April 25, 2023
Amy, Mary, and Christy I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. And your dad lossing his wife. Your mother was an amazing women, who treated me like part of the family when I would see her. She was a wonderful mother, wife and grandma. She will be greatly missed. Sending hugs and love during this time. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Posted by Ruth Altman on April 25, 2023
Oh my dear friend I have so many great memories! Always in my heart!
Posted by Eliza walter on April 25, 2023
Madonna was my favorite person to trick or treat at and she was an amazing lunch lady and alsways fun to talk to i will miss her dearly
Posted by Luke Nagel on April 25, 2023
Madonna was my grandparents's neighbors every time we visit Grandpa and Grandma she was outside doing something so I'll definitely miss her because she had to visit her husband about something or is it her about something and she should leave me like a cookie or whatever or some advice just want to be greatly Miss
Posted by Theresa Ishmael on April 25, 2023
Sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady. I enjoyed working with her
Posted by Tom & Deb Koch on April 25, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to her family.
She was a very special lady!
Posted by Maxine Schroeder on April 24, 2023
So sorry to hear this, Madonna was a great lady.
Posted by Janice & David Johnson on April 24, 2023
Madonna holds a very special place in my heart. Many fond memories of staying with her family growing up. She taught me alot. My thoughts and prayers to Mary, Christy, Amy, Erin and all their families.
Posted by Doris on April 24, 2023
She was such. A fun loving person I will miss her she was the best
Posted by Doris on April 24, 2023
She was such. A fun loving person I will miss her she was the best
Posted by Julie Koester on April 24, 2023
My heart is sad to hear this. Heaven gained an angel. My love deepest sympathy to everyone.
Posted by Julie Koester on April 24, 2023
My heart is sad to hear this. Heaven gained an angel. My love deepest sympathy to everyone.
Posted by Deloris kelly on April 24, 2023
she will be missed
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