Norma Hover, 99
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:35pm admin
Aug. 12, 1919 —
Oct. 1, 2018
Ridgeway - Norma Hover, age 99, of Ridgeway, Iowa, died on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church at Ridgeway, with Pastor Jeff Hanson officiating. Interment is at Madison Lutheran Cemeter, at Ridgeway.
Norma Pearl Hover was born on Aug. 12, 1919 to George and Pearl (Willharbor) Greene on a farm on Irish Ridge, seven miles from Boscobel, Crawford County, Wis. She attended a one-room school near her home through seventh grade, when the family moved to Madison, Wis. She stayed with an aunt in Pheasant Branch, Wis. near Madison to finish her eighth-grade education. Then she entered Central High School in Madison. She graduated from Central High School in 1937 and worked in restaurants.
During WWII she worked at A.O. Smith in Milwaukee doing airplane inventory in the office while military airplanes were being made. After the war ended, she stayed to do a final inventory and close the offices so that the plant could go back to making cars.
She then went to St. Paul, Minn. in 1952 and worked at the Oliver Corporation in the billing department and met Maurice Hover. They married on Nov. 8, 1953, at the Little Brown Church. Together they had four children.
Norma worked as a cook and manager at the Cliff House Hotel for a number of years and was a library aide at North Winneshiek School for five years. She then took a nurse’s aide course through Calmar and became a physical therapy aide at the Howard County Hospital for 12 years before retiring.
When she and Maurice first married they farmed for many years. When Maurice retired from farming they moved to Ridgeway. She liked being with family, playing cards on her computer, reading and just being social.
Norma is survived by her children, Dale (Donna) Hover of Ames, Iowa, Randy (Lori) Hover of Dorchester, Iowa, Vicki (Gary) Sovereign of Cresco, Iowa and Mark (Jean) Hover, Cresco and Alan Greene of Decorah, Iowa; four stepchildren, LaDean Breisler of St. Paul, Patricia Kratz of Decorah, Maurice Edward (Charilyn) Hover of Decorah and David (Joannie) Hover of New Prague, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 18 step grandchildren; 37 step great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband Maurice in 1992; parents, George and Pearl Greene; stepson, Quentin Hover in 1996; sister and brother-in-law, Elmer and Ruth Weidemann; a brother at birth; and two stepsons-in-law, Donald Breisler and Roger Kratz.