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Norma Carlson, 96

Norma Carlson passed away at Cokato Manor Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. She had reached the age of 96 years, 7 months, and 17 days.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Albion Evangelical Free Church, north of Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to services at church.

Memorials are preferred to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church or Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com.

Norma Arlene Larson was born on the family farm in Middleville Township March 21, 1925, to Emil and Edith (Johnson) Larson.

She grew up on the farm, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943. After high school, she worked at a variety of jobs in several locations, including California and Minneapolis.

Norma married Carl Carlson Feb. 24, 1951, at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church. Their 68 years together were blessed with five children.

Norma made being a caring wife and mother her main calling until the children were in upper elementary and high school. At that time, she added caring for the residents at the Buffalo Retirement Center to her job description. She worked at the retirement center until Carl retired from his job at Minnesota Rubber.

After retirement, Carl and Norma were very active in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. They also traveled to several places.

Norma was a member of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church her entire life. She was very active in Sunday school, Luther League, and Ladies Aid.

Two of her favorite pastimes were playing piano and putting jig saw puzzles together.

Norma was a woman whose life was full of grace, compassion, and helping others. The things that mattered most were her faith in God, her husband, her children, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her children, Barbara (Richard) Barsness, Joan (Stephen) Schesvold, Steven (Jane) Carlson, Kathleen (Scott) Banta, Janet (Jon) Saksa; 16 grandchildren, Betsey Alessi, Amy (Jeff) Boyle, Sarah (Evan) Anderson, Mark (Amanda) Barsness, Elizabeth (Rob) Driftmeyer, Jenny Schesvold, Jordan Schesvold, Stephanie (Luther) Kemp, Elizabeth (Kalin) Kauppila, Andrew (Christine) Banta, Jacob (Rachel) Banta, Lucas (Lisa) Banta, Molly (Shaphan) Kirkpatrick, Heidi (Jacob) Nelson, Shelly (Caleb) Spitler, Brian (Abi) Saksa; 32 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Genevieve Larson, Joan (Beeb) Larson, and LuAnn Larson.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; parents, Emil and Edith Larson; parents-in-law, Frank and Alvina Carlson; siblings and spouse, Lorraine (Donald) Carlson, Gordon Larson, Philip Larson, Daniel Larson; siblings-in-law and spouses, Andrew (Evelyn), Waldor (Millie), Lawrence (Billie; Florence), Richard, Ellsworth (Edna), Verona (Bernie) Broman; Grandson-in-law, Mario Alessi.

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