Norma Jean Herreid

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Norma Jean Herreid, 86, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, July 4, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 


Norma was born on July 31, 1930, to Elmer and Hulda (Kliefoth) Kurth, in Farmersburg, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, Iowa, where German was spoken. Norma grew up on the farm built by her grandfather, next to Roberts Creek in Luana, Iowa. She graduated from Elkader High School, after graduation Norma moved to Prairie du Chien, to attend nursing school at the Old General Hospital and resided in the nurse’s dorm next door. 


It was in Prairie du Chien, that she met William Herreid, Sr. at Luther League. They were united in marriage on March 21, 1951. As a young mother she was active with St. Peter Lutheran Church, loved to cook and always kept an extensive garden. As her children grew, she joined her husband running The Prairie Tool Co., The Homesteader Community and Homesteader Homes. Norma belonged to a weekly coffee group for almost sixty years, those ladies were her dearest friends. In retirement, she made up for all the reading she missed as a working woman, voraciously reading twenty books a month, in addition to cooking and baking for her family, until weeks before her death.


Norma is survived by her children, Joyce Hagen, of rural Wauzeka, William (Sandra) Herreid, Jr., of Prairie du Chien, and Thomas (Virginia) Herreid, of Prairie du Chien; grandchildren, Matt (Bethany) Hagen, of Baraboo, Amanda (Jeremy) Oldenberg, of Luana, Iowa, Ashley Herreid, of Eastman, Hannah Herreid and Tara Herreid, of Prairie du Chien, and Brianna Herreid, of Madison; and great-grandchildren, MaKehnna Oldenberg, Montanna Oldenberg and Mercedes Herreid.


Norma was preceded in death by her husband, William Herreid, Sr.; a teenage daughter, Barbara Herreid; parents, Elmer and Hulda Kurth; and siblings, Calvin and Glen Kurth and Inez Lenth.


Memorial Services were held at noon on Sunday, July 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien. Pastor Joe Irvin and Pastor Kyle Svenungsen were the Officiants. Inurnment followed the services at Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with arrangements.


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