Norma’s funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

    Norma J. Monson, age 78, of Crookston, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Norma was born on January 12, 1935 in Fertile, MN, daughter of Amund and Dora (Johnson) Larson. She grew up and was educated at Fertile, attending the Willow Creek Country School.

    She was united in marriage with Clayton M. Monson on December 27, 1954 at the Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindahl, MN. They made their home in the Fertile (MN) area.  In December of 1963, they moved to Crookston, where they had lived since. She worked in housekeeping at Riverview Healthcare from 1978 to 1997. Her husband, Clayton, died on August 30, 1991.

    Norma always greeted company with coffee, homemade cookies and chitchat.  She enjoyed baking and cooking, especially big family meals. She loved to go for rides in the evening and also to go visiting. Her door was always open for folks to drop in.  She and Clayton had a strong faith, joining Trinity Lutheran Church after moving to Crookston. She and her sister spoke often, usually in Norwegian. Norma was a foster grandparent at the Carmen School. She was known for her handwork in embroidery and quilting, having made a quilt for each of her grandchildren for their high school graduation. She was also known as a hard worker and for her honesty, making trips back to the store when she found she had been given too much change.

   Survivors include: six children: Avis Studer of Crookston, Larry Monson of Crookston, Connie Olson of Buffalo, MN, Noreen (Robert) Erickson of Hendrum, Susan (David) Osland of Crookston and Rita (John) Schumacher of Crookston; 16 grandchildren: Shane (Carmen) Mendez, Zachary, Tyler, Emily & Maria Monson, Pauline (Michael) Dahl, Keith Olson, Megan (Eric) Delahoyde, Becky (Derek) Todd, Heather Erickson, Amanda (Seth) Volker, Alissa Osland, Cody Osland, Kayla Schumacher, Anna Schumacher and Derrick Schumacher; ten great-grandchildren; two siblings: Maynard (Elaine) Larson of Fertile and Frances (Wilbur) Gudvangen of Fertile. She was preceded in death by her parents: Amund & Dora Larson; her husband: Clayton; brothers: Harley, Arthur and Armen Larson; sister: Stella Berhow; brothers-in-law: Clarence Larson & Marvin Berhow; a niece: Gayle Belin; and a nephew; Roger Larson.

    Norma’s funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with Pastor Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

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