Mavis Norgaard

March 1, 2018

obit Norgaard MavisJan. 14, 1931 – Feb. 22, 2018

Mavis Elenora Allan Bortnem Norgaard, age 87 of Luverne, formerly of Tyler, died Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne. Funeral services were held Tues­day, Feb. 27 at the United Church of Garretson, South Dakota. Interment was in the Summit Hill Cemetery, rural Garretson.
Mavis was born Jan. 14, 1931 to Sidney and Ele­nora (Reemts) Allan. She lived with her family on the Alex Allan homestead, which was near the site of the Palisades, South Da­kota. She grew up loving the beautiful scenery and learning what the ances­tors had accomplished. She attended Palisade, Roadside, and Garretson schools. She was con­firmed in the Evangelical and Reformed Lutheran Church in Garretson. She was active in her beloved church as a member of the choir, Sunday School su­perintendent and teacher, and dining room hostess for many occasions. Her parents, church relatives, and friends were very im­portant to her.
In 1953, Mavis and El­mer Bortnem were united in marriage and unto this union two children were born, Randy Duane and Kathleen Marlene. After their divorce, Mavis and her two children resided with her parents in Gar­retson, South Dakota until 1970 when they moved to Tyler, where she married Keith Norgaard. While she was married to Keith, she attended Danebod Lu­theran Church. She was active in the choir, altar society, served at funer­als, and was a commu­nion assistant and greeter. She learned how to bake æbleskiver in the old pow­er house. Her German cof­fee cake was not allowed as only Danish coffee cake was served. She worked at the Marshall Cemetery for eight years; and also did wallpapering, painting, housecleaning, rosema­ling, and aiding the elderly. She volunteered in the beauty shop at the nurs­ing home. While in Garret­son, she was employed in the doctor’s office, which she greatly enjoyed. Her life was very busy as she worked with both her par­ents and enjoyed the many get-togethers they had.
While growing up near the Palisades, Mavis walked to school and enjoyed the fresh early mornings and sounds of the early birds singing. After rains, water would flow through the ra­vine and pasture and over the rocks. She enjoyed watching the river run and it only took a few minutes to walk to the river to fish. The beauty of working with her parents, the won­derful sounds of nature, being with her relatives, neighbors and friends, her very good school teachers, and her church, were the most beautiful memories of her life. She was never alone as her God was al­ways with her.
Mavis will be buried in her hometown cemetery outside Garretson, South Dakota along with her an­cestors, relatives, and all the church members she grew up with. She is home once again.
Mavis is survived by her children Randy (Karen Da­gel) Bortnem of Tyler, and Kathy (Dale) Feekes of Lu­verne; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchil­dren; and a sister, Marlene Farrand. She was preced­ed in death by her parents, husband Keith Norgaard, a precious grandson, and a brother, Duane Allan.
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