Norma M. Amundson, 87, of Clermont, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to one of Norma's passions, the Alternative Living Corporation in Oelwein. Celebration of Life services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont. Rev. Dayna Winke is the officiant. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, and one hour before services at the church Thursday. Inurnment is at God's Acres Cemetery, Clermont, at a later date. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Clermont is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Mabel, the daughter of Harold and Gunille (Wettleson) Opsand, was born Nov. 23, 1925, on a farm southwest of Gunder. Norma attended country school near Gunder and graduated from Postville High School in 1943. Norma received her nurse's training at West Suburban School of Nursing in Oak Park, Ill. Norma was united in marriage with Arthur W. Amundson June 21, 1947, at Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder. Norma worked as a nurse at Postville Community Hospital and Palmer Lutheran Hospital for several years. She continued her nursing by caring for people in the community and she became a strong advocate for the people with special needs in Fayette County. Norma was a very active member of the West Clermont Lutheran Church, WELCA and Church Choir. She taught confirmation at the West and East Clermont Lutheran Churches for several years. She was a member of the Town and Country Club, the Garden Club and the Northern Lights Singing Group in Decorah. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and flowers, canning, singing and spending time with her family. Her passions were her advocacy for the handicapped and recycling.
Norma is survived by her husband, Art, of Clermont; children: Elaine Amundson of Waterloo; Diane (Rod) Hamer of Cedar Falls; Pauline (Les) Miller of Ames; Janet (Robert) Aanes of Cedar Falls; and Bruce Amundson of Oelwein; seven grandchildren, Zach and Sarah Miller; Niki Duin; Travis and Jodi Aanes; Kari Read; and John Hamer; seven great-grandchildren: Chance, Logan, Brooke, Elsa, Sylvia, Parker and Zoe; and several nieces and nephews.
Norma was preceded in death by her son, Brian Amundson and her daughter, Julie, who died in infancy; her parents and four sisters, Alma Hanson, Ruth Edblad, Hildur Amundson and Rosella Burstrom.