Norma J. Nelson

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Norma Jean (Lamphier) Nelson, died on Sept. 18, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf.

Burial was at Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural St. Olaf.

Norma Jean (Lamphier) Nelson was born in her family home on Feb. 12, 1937, to Willis and Nellie (Landis) Lamphier. Norma grew up in Elkader; attending school and graduating from Elkader High School. She married Eugene Troester on June 29, 1955, at the First Congregational Church in Elkader. Four children were born to this union. They later divorced. 

Through the years, Norma cooked and managed several different restaurants, did factory work and worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Elkader Care Center; but caring for her family was her biggest concern. Her greatest joy in life was watching her children and grandchildren grow. She also baked thousands of delicious pies and shared her love of baking with anyone and everyone who walked past her door.

She married Neil Nelson in June of 1985, at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf. When Neil and Norma married, Norma’s stepdaughters, Nola, Nina (Ron) and stepson LeRoy (Dee) became her children, making her the mother of seven. Norma had many health conditions that restricted her from working later in life, but it never stopped her from baking. Following Neil’s passing on Sept. 27, 2009, Norma and Debbie moved to an apartment in Elkader where they met many new friends and some old ones. The family would like to say thank you to Ike and Benny for their dedication in helping her with groceries and stopping in just to say hello.

Survivors include her children, Debbie Troester of Elkader, Virginia (Rick) Shefelbine of Garnavillo, Alan Troester (Special Friend, Bobbie Wilson) of Guttenberg, Calvin (Angela) Troester of Earlville; step-children Nina (Ron) Taylor of Decorah and LeRoy (Dee) Nelson of St. Olaf; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; twelve step-great-grandchildren and brother-in-law, Kenny Lemka of Elkader.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Neil; ex-husband, Eugene; two sisters, Willa Dean Kaiser and Kay Lemka; brother, LeRoy Lyman; step daughter, Nola Blake; half brother, Leonard Popenhaugen and one nephew, Keith Lemka.

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