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Norma Ida Adelina Westphal

January 14, 1917 November 7, 2010
Norma Ida Adelina Westphal
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Obituary for Norma Ida Adelina Westphal

Worthington, MN

     Norma Ida Adelina Westphal, 93, was born on January 14, 1917 in Delafield Township, Jackson County, MN, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Sanders) Hohenstein. She grew up on the family farm and attended the near-by rural school. Norma was baptized on February 11, 1917 and received her religious schooling and was confirmed on April 13, 1930 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN. She was a big help with the home and field work while growing up. Norma eventually found a job in Worthington, where she met and married Edgar Westphal on October 14, 1945 in Lakefield. She worked as a home health care provider for 20 years until she retired in the early 1980’s. Norma was a very ambitious seamstress her whole life. She especially enjoyed the quilt making at her church following her retirement. Norma was a long time active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, where she was a member of LWML, Easter Circle, and loved helping with other functions. Norma enjoyed gardening, spending time with family, fishing with Edgar and family, and visiting relatives in the area. She was a caring, thoughtful, and greatly loved mother and grandmother. Norma died on November 7, 2010 at the Adrian Country Living Home in Adrian, MN.
     Norma is survived by daughter, Norma (Bradley) Witzel and their family: Bryon (Diane) Witzel and Ashley, Brandon, and Dylan; Heidi (John) Fitzgerald and Sabra, Kennedy, and Jeremy (Jill) Van Ede and Hayden; Jamie (Jennifer) Witzel and Morgan and Jordan; son, Robert Westphal and his family: Celia and Paige; daughter, Joyce (Brian) Laackmann and their family: Matthew Pederson, Casie and Mason and Cayden, Brett, Adam, Candace, and Easton; one sister-in-law, Hazel Neuman, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar on December 20, 1981; her parents; and all of her siblings, Maynard, Donald, Henry, Edna Moede, Luella Anderson, Rudy Milbrath, and Helen Schmidt.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Tom Braun officiating. Norma’s grandchildren will serve as bearers. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home and also from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Thursday.

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