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Obituary for Helen E. Norgard
Helen Elaine Norgard of Milltown, Wisconsin, died February 5, 2016 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center at age 88. She was born September 10, 1927 in St. John, North Dakota to Alma and Malner Christianson.
Helen and Russell made their family home in Milltown living in the big white house (including barn) across the street from the old Milltown School. This farm was also the temporary residence of many mink, a lot of cows, and always one dog and multiplying cats. Following Russells stroke in 1998, they moved across the field essentially switching homes with Reg and Cindy Norgard to accommodate his new physical needs. Just as Helen was the pivotal person in the lives of her young family (attending to all comfort, health and social needs), she was relentless in her commitment to Russells desired independence, providing home care until his death in 2004.
Since 2009, Helen has been a resident of the United Pioneer Home in Luck. With declining cognitive abilities over recent years, the Pioneer Home has been a stable and familiar environment so essential to her well-being. In response, our family is deeply grateful to the nursing and support staff for such exceptional care and the loving kindness consistently shown to our mother.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years, Russell; and siblings, Arnold Christianson and Gladys Hancock.
She is survived by her children, Marilyn Peper and husband William, Reg Norgard and wife Cindy, and Bonnie Liesenfeld; 7 grandchildren including Christopher Peper and wife Christine, Angela Hooverson and husband Russ, Jon Liesenfeld and wife Sarah, Tim Peper and wife Allison, Tennille Norgard, Andrew Peper and wife Katie, Sam Norgard and wife Kelly; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Helens funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Milltown Lutheran Church with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Rev. Maggie Isaacson will be officiating and music will be provided by Cheryl and Mike Peper. Interment will follow at Milltown Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.