Farming Rural 21

Norma L. Nilson

November 25, 1930 ~ December 12, 2020 (age 90)


   Funeral Service for Norma Nilson will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Erma Wolf and Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery. Public viewing, with no family present, will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Masks and limited to 15 persons at a time will be necessary at the public viewing. 

  Norma Lee (Heuertz) Nilson was born November 25, 1930 to Joseph and Margaret Heuertz in Ireton, Iowa.  She later became a Reinking when Margaret married Herbert Reinking.

   Norma was united in marriage with Wendall Nilson on January 18, 1947 in Vermillion, South Dakota.  Together, they farmed near Hawarden, Iowa where they raised their four children.  Norma and Wendall enjoyed ballroom dancing throughout their 67 years of marriage.  Wendall passed away on June 29, 2014.  Norma continued living on the family farm until October 2016, when she became a resident of Hillcrest Care Center.

   Norma was a devoted farm wife working alongside Wendall whether it was feeding cattle or doing fieldwork.  Behind the scenes, she kept meticulous financial records for the farm.

   She often joked that baking and cooking were her therapy.  Norma was an excellent hostess, and no one ever left her house hungry!  Her family was especially fond of her amazing Christmas caramels and desserts.

   Norma was a member of Hawarden American Lutheran Church where she was active with teaching Sunday School and Bible School and directed the Children’s Choir when her children were young.  Norma had a beautiful alto voice and sang in the church choir for many years also.

   Norma entered through the gates of Heaven on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 90 years and 17 days. 

   Grateful for sharing in Norma’s life are: children, Carolyn (Joel) Johnson of Hawarden, Iowa, Terry (Sonia) Nilson of Tucson, Arizona, Lori (Henry) Van Sloten of Hawarden, and Scott (Ruth) Nilson of Hawarden; 23 grandchildren; 52 great- grandchildren plus two on the way, 8 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Reinking of Banning, California; sisters, Patricia (Martin) Derfler of Palm Springs, California, Sue (Bob) Miller of Rowland Heights, California, Jeannie Painter of Piqua, Ohio, and Nancy (Dale) Hitt of Killeen, Texas; and sister-in-law, Sue Reinking of Phoenix, Arizona.

   Norma was preceded in death by Wendall; her parents; brothers, Jerry and Russell Reinking; sister, Jeannie Nilson; daughter-in-law, Peggy Nilson; grandson, Joseph Nilson; and great grandson, Matthew Kemner.

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Public Visitation with no family present
December 18, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden
712 10th Street
Hawarden, IA 51023

Funeral Service
December 19, 2020

2:30 PM
First Baptist Church
1100 Central Avenue
Hawarden, IA 51023

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