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Elva Marie Theel

Elva Marie (Norris) Theel, age 92, formerly of Litchfield, died at the Darwin Lakeview Ranch Thursday, April 12, 2007.

She was born on a farm near Rossie, Iowa Nov. 3, 1914, the daughter of Carl and Marie (Anderson) Freeburg. Elva attended country school and graduated from Rossie High School in 1932.

She was united in marriage to Frank Norris Dec. 29, 1937 in Spencer, Iowa. From this union, five children were born.

Frank and Elva farmed near Spencer, Iowa, near her parents. They later moved to the Twin Cities area for 20 years, before moving to Grove City.

After Frank’s death in 1979, Elva moved to Litchfield.

She was united in marriage to Oliver Theel May 2, 1987 in Paynesville.

Elva attended the Assembly of God Church, where she led the 55-plus church group for several years. She was also a volunteer for Augustana Homes.

Elva was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marie; husbands Frank Norris and Oliver Theel; son Roland Norris; one step-grandson; four brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her children, Carl (and Judy) Norris of Laverne, Minn., Linda (and Robert) Davis of Lake Alfred, Fla., Shirley (and David) Capistrant of Grove City, and Beverly Norris of Grove City and her special friend Dennis Smith of New Ulm; step-children David and Janice Lundstrom of Pillager, Minn., Sherry and Jeff Post of Minneapolis, David and Barb Theel of Paynesville, and Kathy Theel of Maple Grove; 15 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great, great-grandchildren; and by numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were Monday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Litchfield, with the Rev. Mike Finch officiating. Interment was in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield.

Visitation was Sunday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, and continued Monday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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