Victoria Alice Norberg, age 95, of Cokato, formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
She was born July 24, 1917, in Cokato, to Victor and Selma (Peterson) Norberg. Victoria grew up on the family farm at Knapp, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1935.
She attended one year at Minnesota School of Business, and then returned to Cokato to take care of an elderly aunt.
Vicki graduated from St. Andrew’s Hospital Nursing Program in Minneapolis in 1943. Her nursing career included St. Andrew’s after graduation for a few years; in Cokato for a short while; in Denver from 1946-1950; working private duty for Red Cross including going to New Mexico during the polio epidemic; continued private duty in 1951 at New Orleans for six months; and later in 1951, moved to Minneapolis, where she did private duty for four years at various hospitals including post-anesthesia recovery nursing, which was a new concept; and taking care of very critical patients before the ICU model had originated; as well as taking care of iron lung patients.
In 1955, Vicki started her career at the University of Minnesota Hospital in PAR (post anesthesia recovery), and in 1966, she became the head nurse there, retiring in 1980.
Vicki maintained her own home in SE Minneapolis until 2010, at which time she moved to Edgewood Gables in Cokato.
She had a passion for travel, gardening, and loved reading the daily paper to be current on news and events. She was also an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making krumkake.
Vicki was a lifelong member of North Crow Lutheran Church at Knapp, and a longtime member of the Swedish Institute.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Luella Norberg; two nieces: Lynnette (Gordy) Blem, and Kathryn (Mike) Miller; two nephews: Peter (Lori) Norberg. and Mark (Vinita) Norberg; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews: Adam (Natalie) Miller, Isaac Miller (s.f. Jaime), Molly (Shaun) Uecker, Amy (Vlad) Barnes, Anna Blem, Aaron Blem, Dani Norberg, Andrew Norberg, Melissa Norberg, Megan Norberg, and Victor Norberg; along with great-great-nephews and niece, Aric, Simon, Will, and Irene.
Vicki was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Wendell, Karl, and Gordon; and an infant sister, Marian.
The funeral service took place Thursday, Jan. 3 at North Crow River Lutheran Church of Cokato, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, (320)286-2534; www.swansonpeterson.com.