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Pomeroy – Norma J. Hanssen 81, of Pomeroy, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa. A "Graduation to Glory Service" will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, with Pastor Michael A. Carmody officiating. Private burial of casket was held at Rosehill Cemetery.
Norma is survived by her children, Mark (Donna) Hanssen of Ames, Michael Hanssen of Rockwell City, and Melinda (Rick) Brichta of Spencer; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Caryl (Gordon) Lauver of Manson; and brother Darmyn (Norma) Plain of Marshalltown; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Louie; son Merle in infancy; her parents, Carl and Helena Emma (Simons) Plain; brothers, Donald and Daryl Plain; and sister Pamela Stremick.
Norma June Plain Hanssen was born June 14, 1935 at on a farm near Kiron, Iowa. While growing up, Norma lived in many different communities with her family including Deloit, Sherwood, Laurens, Lytton, and then Rockwell City, where she attended high school. Following school, she worked as a waitress. In 1954, she married Gordon Miles and two sons were born to this union. The couple later divorced. In September of 1958, she was united in marriage to Louie Hanssen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Norma worked as a domestic engineer from the age of ten for various families off and on for most of her life. Norma sold for "Greetings Unlimited" for a number of years, refinished old furniture, painted buildings and hung wallpaper. She also worked at Lloyd's Locker in Pomeroy, and the Pomeroy Care Center. Norma and Louie were caretakers of Pomeroy Low Income Housing for several years. In 1978, Norma received her High School diploma from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Louie passed away in 2013. Norma was a member of the New Covenant Christian Church, Fort Dodge, Concerned Women of America, the National Pro-Life Alliance, and a standing member of the American Center for Law and Justice. She was a past member of the Church of Christ, Rockwell City for 35 years, where she taught Sunday School. Norma and Louie help start the Victory Christian Church at Twin Lakes, now called Bread of Life Church in Pocahontas. Norma's special interests was studying the Word of God, telling others about Jesus, spending time with her family, gardening, baking, canning, sewing, crocheting, collecting dolls, and just helping others. Norma liked to be challenged at things to see if she was able to do them.

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