Norma Hemry

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 5:03 pm

Norma Jean Hemry, age 81, of Ossian, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2023, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2023, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, 305 Jessie Street, Ossian, with Rev. David Lenth presiding.  The burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., on Friday, July 7, at the Ossian Lutheran Church, 305 Jessie Street, Ossian, IA, and after 10 a.m., on Saturday morning at the church. The Helms Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Norma was born April 3, 1942, in Postville, Iowa, to her parents Theodore and Irene (Meyer) Feickert. Norma was baptized and confirmed at the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. She attended country school in Nordness and then graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1960. During her senior year, she met the love of her life, Wayne Hemry, at the Arts Roller Rink in Ossian. On Jan. 14, 1961, Norma and Wayne joined their lives together in marriage at the Washington Prairie Church. To this beautiful union four children were born: Terry, Stacy, Brenda, and Rodney.

Norma worked a short time after graduating high school at the Decorah State Bank. She also worked for Aase Haugen Nursing home for about a year and did day care for a couple families while she was raising her own children. Norma began a long career at the Ossian State bank from 1972-2000, and then worked at the Miss Marquette Casino until she retired in 2004.

Norma’s greatest pride was the family she raised, often holding down the home front while Wayne was on the road with his job. Norma and Wayne enjoyed being snowbirds to Arizona in the winter, and rarely missed watching an Iowa Hawkeyes football or basketball game, GO HAWKS!

Norma was a member of the Ossian Lutheran Church.

About a week prior to Norma passing, her family made her Mother’s Day request come true in having the whole family come together. She expressed great gratitude and joy for this special occasion, a very special memory for the entire family to cherish.

Those left to love and remember Norma’s memory are her husband Wayne of Ossian. Children: Terry (Jill) Hemry of Polk City, IA, Stacy (Barry) Terrell of Rochester, MN, Brenda (Jim) Fishback of Postville, and Rodney (Leslie) Hemry of West Union. Sixteen grandchildren: Bryanna (Zach) DeCarlo, Logan Hemry, Andrew Hemry, Courtney (Michael) Romanco, Kylie Smith, Mandy (Josh) Monroe, Cory (Jesi) Monroe, Drew Terrell, Randal (Morgan) Schultz, Shawn Schultz, Derek Schultz, Alanda (Colten) Fishback, Tyler (Katie) Hemry, Leah (Brian) Scholbrock, and Hannah (Tom) Smith and 24 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Joyce (Mick) Nelson, Judy (Mike) Moore, Vicky Kelly, Jeff (Sharon) Feickert, and Rhonda (Doug) Koenig. Sister-in-law: Susan Feickert, Marsha Feickert, and Judy Feickert. Along with many nieces and nephews.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents. her father and mother-in-law, Herman and Victoria Hemry; bothers: Lloyd, DuWayne, and Allen Feickart; brothers-in-law: Jim Perez, Bill Kelley, Richard Hemry, Harlan Hemry, and Carl Weik; and sister-in-law, Shirley Weik.

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