Norman O. Gunderson

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Norman Ohnstad Gunderson, 92, of Garnavillo died Dec. 14, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Private family services were on Saturday, Dec. 18, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. 

Internment will take place at a later time.

Iowa Cremation assisted the family.

Norman was born on Sept. 6, 1929, in West Allis, Wis., son of Andrew E. and Ida A. (Ohnstad) Gunderson. After graduating from West Allis Nathan Hale High School, he spent the next 26 months with the U.S. Army. In January of 1955 he graduated from Luther College, Decorah, and the next 10 years teaching at the McGregor and Garnavillo High Schools. Norman also served as Principal of the Garnavillo High School from 1958-1965. He then served as a Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Representative for Clayton County until his retirement in 1992.

On Aug. 7, 1955, he was married to Gwendolyn Carole Kaiser at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. They were blessed with three children: Jeffery, Roxanne and Gregory. 

Norman spent his free time golfing, watching sports, fishing, playing cards, spending winters in Texas and enjoying time with his family. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 66 years, Gwen of Garnavillo; his son, Jeffery (Marcia) Gunderson, of Moline, Ill.; his daughter, Roxanne Heinrichs of Manchester and his son, Gregory (Raelynn) Gunderson of New Braunfels, Texas; three grandchildren, Kelli Schafer, Christine (Mark) Moreno, and Taylor Heinrichs; four step-grandchildren, Marcus (Julie) Quaranta, Chad (Julie) Quaranta, Paul (Holly) Ayala, and Heather Lunsford; eight great-grandchildren, Lilly, Brooke, Autumn, Jackson, Xander, Morgan, Caitlyn and Layla.

The family would like to thank the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics, the Guttenberg Care Center and St. Croix Hospice for all the care and kindness given to Norman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo and the Garnavillo EMS.

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