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Dora Jane Norman

October 26, 1936 October 20, 2009
Dora Jane Norman
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Obituary for Dora Jane Norman

Worthington, MN

     Dora Jane Norman, 72, was born on October 26, 1936, in Ashton, IA, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Nieuhaus) Renken. She attended school in Ashton and Ocheyedan, IA. Dora married Arlon Norman on September 2, 1955, in Allendorf, IA. She provided daycare for her nieces, nephews and several Worthington families. Dora was an active member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Worthington, serving as church treasurer for twenty plus years and being a member of United Methodist Women. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, cooking soup, and gardening. She loved to travel to Plains, Washington every fall, bringing back apples to enjoy. Dora died on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
     Dora is survived by her husband, Arlon Norman of Worthington, MN; her siblings, Margaret (Melvin) Janssen of Bigelow, MN, Russell (Donna) Renken of Sibley, IA, Lester (Marcella) Renken of Sibley, IA, and Marie Bruns of Ashton, IA; her in-laws, Evelyn Doeden of Worthington, MN, Ivan (Beverly) Norman of Hobbs, NM, and Lois (Roger) Sixta of Ocheyedan, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Lois Renken; one sister-in-law, Delores (Robert) Wolf, and three brothers-in-law, Junior Norman, Marvin Bruns, and Lloyd Doeden.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Gordon J. Orde officiating. Casket bearers will be Grant Sixta, Clint Sixta, Melvin Janssen Jr., Mark Janssen, Mike Woll, Jim VanderVeen, and Marlin Renken. Burial will be in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.


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