Cornelia Brown Madsen |

Cornelia Brown Madsen


Our beloved wife, mother and friend to many, Cornelia Brown Madsen, died peacefully in her beautiful home surrounded by her family on May 11.

Madsen was born March 1, 1934 in Pennsylvania, to Cornelia and Alfred Brown. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts. She married first husband William Gallaher in 1954. They made their home with a family of four children in Connecticut.

In 1971, Cornelia moved to Aspen with her children and met her husband of 34 years, George Madsen. Her life was filled with friends, a sense of community, traveling the world and camping adventures. With 8 children and 17 grandchildren between them she felt an abundance of love.

Cornelia will be remembered as a talented watercolor artist. She established the Aspen Chapel Gallery. She had 20 years of service to the Aspen Senior Center, organizing the senior hut trips. She was on the board of the Aspen Ski Club and an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club. She loved skiing, playing tennis and socializing with her many friends.

Survivors include her husband, George Madsen, sister Robin Bush,and her four children, Leslie Stasinos(Gregg), Robin Van Domelen(Peter), Heather Preusch(Chris) and William Gallaher(Trina).

Services will be held this summer.

Lovingly remembered as “this grandmother skis Walshes!”