In Memory of Norma Patterson

Norma Patterson
Norma Patterson
Born: June 22, 1927
Died: May 2, 2013
Age: 85
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Norma Patterson
June 22, 1927 - May 2, 2013
From: Ida Grove, IA

Norma Ann Patterson, age 85, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away early Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
            She was born Norma Ann Shaw on June 22, 1927, in Stuart, Iowa, the only daughter of Arthur C. and Inez M. (Barr) Shaw.  She grew into a beautiful young lady on the family farm near Stuart, Iowa, and was a graduate of Stuart High School.
            Norma made the acquaintance of Robert M. Patterson from Osceola, Iowa, while Robert was employed by Bufkin Funeral Home in Stuart, Iowa.  The couple became engaged and were united in marriage on June 16, 1952, in Storm Lake.  Shortly thereafter Robert became employed as a licensed mortician with Christensen Funeral Homes of Battle Creek and Ida Grove, with Robert and Norma making their first home in Battle Creek, Iowa.
            At this time Christensen’s also operated an on-call ambulance service, often making numerous late night trips crisscrossing the state.  Norma worked incessantly alongside her husband in the funeral homes, doing anything and everything to make the business prosperous and successful.  Robert and Norma purchased the funeral homes in 1972, and eventually moved their residence to Ida Grove in 1976.
            Robert and Norma retired from the funeral business in 1988, and built a beautiful new retirement home in Ida Grove.  They traveled significantly, often with friends, taking many enjoyable trips to places they had only dreamt about during their busy working years.  In 2011, the couple sold their home and moved into a new apartment at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Facility in Ida Grove.
            Norma especially was a very hard worker and always kept busy maintaining their homes and businesses in an immaculate and shipshape fashion.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning and was extremely skilled in knitting, crocheting and needlework.  She enjoyed watching wildlife and was an avid bird-watcher.  She liked the Lawrence Welk Show and one of her favorite movies was “The Sound of Music.”
            Norma possessed a deep and abiding faith.  She was a reliable, steadfast member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek.  In previous years she had been a participant in the Ladies Aide and PEO Chapter CB.  Norma had a straight and forward manner about her, but it was always tempered with a quick wit and warm easy smile.  Norma was always one to be satisfied with what she had, or was given to her.  If you asked her, it was always a good day in Norma’s world, regardless of the circumstances or her discomfort.  She was quite simply a non-complainer and will always be remembered by those who loved her as a good and kind, ever faithful sister, daughter, wife, aunt and friend.
            She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of over 60 years, Robert; sister-in-law Bonelle (Alberts) Shaw Kinnetz; many nieces, nephews and their families, as well as a host of caring, good friends and neighbors. 
            Norma was preceded in death by her mother and father; her three brothers and sisters-in-law, Merritt C. and Arlene  (Lang) Shaw, Edward B. Shaw, and J. Leland and Shirley (Secrest) Shaw; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lester L. and Connie (Ashley) Patterson.
            Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes, with the Reverend Kevin J. Freese officiating, with a meal immediately following the services. Visitations will be held with the family present 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Ida Grove, and also on Tuesday, May 6, 2013, 10-Noon at the Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Iowa.  Committal services will be held following the Tuesday visitation at the rural Fremont Cemetery, north of Osceola. 


Monday, May 6, 2013
11:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Reverend Kevin J. Freese


Gary Sawin
Walter Huebner, Jr.
Dennis Huebner
Dave Beidelman
Stephen Olson
Ben Ray


1-4 p.m. Sunday
Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

10 a.m. - Noon Tuesday
Kale Funeral Home
Osceola, Iowa


Connie Huffman, Organist
Dixie Brueck, Soloist


Fremont Cemetery
Osceola, Iowa
12:00 Noon
Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM
So sorry to hear of Normas passing. She was a wonderful lady.
You have my deepest sympahy.
Gods Blessing.
- Jerry Boger
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM
“Bob so sorry to hear of Norma's death. The short time we were in Battle Creek you both were so welcoming to us. That was our first experience working in the funeral business. We learned from you compassion on what the funeral business was all about. Know that you are in our prayers.

Phil and Anita Fouts”
- Phil & Anita Fouts
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Norma's passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss and my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to stop and visit at the house during my visit to Ida Grove the other fall.
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to the family. She was such a caring person.
- Robert and Shirley Ruser
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM
“We send you our sympathy in the loss of your beloved wife. She is now in our Heavenly Father's hands with no more pain or suffering. May God grant you His peace in your loss. God's Blessings!
Joan & Leon Petersen”
- Joan K. Petersen
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM
“Bob, Abby, Aaron, and I send our condolences. Our dear friend is gone, but she will be remembered. jd
- John O Dayton
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Norma. What a loving and caring person she was. We have many memories of you guys over there in the funeral home house. You couldn't find nicer neighbors. Norma is going to be missed very much. Your many memories of her will comfort you. God bless you.”
- Art and Darla Krueger
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM
“Uncle Bob, we are so sorry to learn of Aunt Norma's sudden death. I'll always remember my summer-time stays with you and Aunt Norma and how you both were there for us when Dad and Mom passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Love, Jerry, Ann & family”
- Jerry & Ann Partlow & family
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM
“Hello, Bob and all. I'm so sorry to hear of Norma's passing and had hoped I would be seeing her again on some trip back to Iowa. We Simoff's (with 6 young children) were fortunate to live next to Bob and Norma for 4-5 great years in Battle Creek when Dad was the school superintendant. As a special remembrance, Norma taught me to knit! Often in the summer she would be outside gardening...including planting some rows behind our garage. I remember my first time seeing scallions growing when chatting with her. And enjoying hollyhocks she planted...sometimes being treated by her to a friendly glass of lemonade. Thank you, Norma, for warm friendship, your beautiful smile, and pleasant memories.”
- Debbie Simoff
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM
“My sympathy in the loss of Norma. Always enjoyed visiting with her, especially when she had a hoe in her hand and was working in the garden near my home. Bob, you and Norma were so kind to me when I went though Jim's death and just want you to know what a great gift that was to me. Will pray you find comfort and strength as you go through the next weeks and months. Arlene Wonder”
- Arlene Wonder
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