NORMA ANN HOLMEN

Norma Holmen, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Kanabec Hospital of Mora. She was 72 years old.

An informal Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at Norma’s Farm north of Braham. No cards or flowers please.

Norma Ann Holmen, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Kanabec Hospital in Mora. She was 72 years old.

Norma was born on November 10, 1936 to parents Fred and Lila (Hoevet) Holtz in Martin County, Minnesota. In December of 1942, Norma and her family moved from Martin County to the family farm north of Braham. Norma attended country school and graduated from Braham High School in 1954.

In 1956 Norma was united in marriage to Ronnel Holmen. Together they purchased the Holtz family farm in 1961 and milked dairy cattle for many years. After the children were grown, they switched over to raising beef cattle for the next few years. Norma was primarily a homemaker and worked on the farm while the kids were growing up. In 1997 Norma went to work in the bakery department at County Market in Cambridge until her declining health forced her to retire in 2005.

Norma loved reading, tending to her flower gardens, bird watching, riding her 4-wheeler on the farm with her dogs in tow. She also loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, and sister and brother-in-law Irene and Stan Nystrom.

She is survived by her children; Jeff (Sherri) Holmen of Braham, Paula (Mark) Amundson of Cambridge, and Diane (Bill) Nunn of Hamel; grandchildren Matthew Holmen and Heather Holmen; brothers Ervin (Gretchen) Junkans, David (Janet) Holtz, and Roger (Georgia) Holtz; sisters Gladys (Leverne) Wenner, and Janet (Jim) Evans; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at Norma’s Home in Braham.

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