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Leona Norman

Leona Norman

Sept. 22, 1925-May 31, 2013

Leona J. Norman, 87, died Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Sunnyside Care Center near Lake Park. Leona experienced Alzheimer's disease.

Leona was born on September 22, 1925 to Lillian and Jentoft Larson. She grew up and attended school in the Lake Park area, and graduated from Lake Park High School.

Leona married Alvin Norman on July 3, 1945, and they lived primarily in the Lake Park area. They moved to Portland, Oregon for a couple of years and then came back to Lake Park.

Leona worked at various businesses in Lake Park as a secretary/bookkeeper. She retired from the Lake Park school system as a secretary. She also worked seasonally for the lefse factory in Lake Park.

Surviving Leona are her daughters, Joanne (Don) Bratlien of Moorhead, Beverly (Jerry) Johnson of Fergus Falls and Roberta (Kevin) Whipple of Minnetonka, all in Minnesota. She is also survived by brother Charles (Bernie) Larson of Lake Park; three grandchildren, Robyn (Ed) Masseth, Jana (Brad) Epema and Todd Bratlien; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Hayley and Parker Epema, Tyler, Tanner and Tucker Masseth, and Tory and Hannah Bratlien.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Alvin, and siblings Alice Madson, Ernie Larson, Abbie Larson and Buddy Larson.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the Sunnyside staff for the wonderful care Leona received.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Wright Funeral Home in Hawley.

Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 3 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park, with interment in the church cemetery. An online guestbook is at