Norma J. Peterson

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Norma J. Peterson, 62, Postville, Iowa, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union, Iowa. Norma June, the daughter of Norman and Vivian (Hesse) Peterson, was born December 6, 1952, in McGregor, Iowa.  She was baptized December 25, 1952 and confirmed in 1967 at Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf, Iowa. She attended Postville Community Schools, graduating in 1971. Norma attended Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. She was trained in cosmetology, accounting and business, and health information technician. Norma worked as a cook at the Pirate’s Den and at Iowa Turkey Products in Postville. She worked as a waitress and at the front desk at the Cliff House and made doughnuts and pizza at Casey’s in Decorah. After moving to Cedar Rapids, she worked the front desk at the Sheraton, telemarketing for Parson’s and for a home healthcare company. After returning to Northeast Iowa, Norma worked as a telemarketer for Lex in Clermont and Greene’s in Monona and for Lori Knapp Home Health in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Norma loved spending time with her family, watching thunderstorms, and watching scary and science fiction movies.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, crafts, scrapbooking and collecting cows.  Norma loved spoiling her grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Serena Peterson Whalen, of Postville; three grandchildren, Dylan Peterson and Dakota and Kylee Whalen; her mother, Vivian Peterson of Postville; siblings, Vincent (Jackie) Peterson of Byron, Illinois; Russell (Betty) Peterson of St. Olaf; Susan Kuhse of Postville; Betty (Randy) Eberling of Marshall, Minnesota; and Peter (Deanna) Peterson of Leaf River, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Cory (Stacey) Peterson, Krista Peterson, Michelle (Chris) Gregerson; Mindy (Alan) Hernandez; Kendra (Leo) Roman; Andrew (Brittany) Eberling; Miranda Eberling; Stacey (Josh) Carpenter; and Tyler Peterson; and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her father, Norman, in 2011; her brother, Toney Lynn Peterson, in 1970; her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Esther Hesse, and her paternal grandparents, Anton and Alma Peterson.  

Visitation was held Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, Postville, and one hour before services at the church on Friday. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at Community Presbyterian Church, Postville, Iowa with Rev. Gary Catterson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery, St. Olaf, Iowa.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com

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