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Lansing, Norbert Joseph -- 1924 - 1999


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Date: 7/18/2010 at 19:55:34

Decorah Public Opinion, Tuesday, July 27, 1999

Norbert Lansing

Norbert Lansing, 75, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at his residence north of Ossian after a lingering illness.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, with the Rev. Msgr. Cletus Hawes officiating.

Deb Scheidel was the organist. Music included the St. Francis Adult Choir and Community Singers, and congregational singers. Offertory gifts were received by Jennifer Santori, Christina Broszeit, Heather Elsbernd, Erin Lansing and Kelly Lansing. Lectors were Melvin Elsbernd and George Letts. Eucharistic ministers were Evroul Beckman and Elaine Holthaus. Mass servers were Mitchell Hageman, Scott Holthaus and Justin Brincks.

Casket bearers were Darcy Broszeit, Marcus Lansing, Ray Nienhaus, Matthew Lansing, Cyril Hanken, Richard Lansing, Leonard Zweibohmer, Melvin Elsbernd and Dean Hageman.

In honorary attendance were members of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2073 of Ossian, and Brockman-Hammersland American Legion Post No. 503.

Interment was at the St. Francis Cemetery, Ossian. The Schmitz Funeral Home of Ossian handled arrangements.

Norbert Joseph Lansing was born Jan. 30, 1924, at Calmar, the son of Joseph L. and Mathilda J. (Nienhaus) Lansing.

He was baptized at St. Aloysius Catholic church in Calmar. As a young child, Norbert moved to the farm north of Ossian. He then was confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. Norbert received an education by attending the Centennial Country School of Frankville Township and the De Sales Grade School. He then assisted his father in farming.

During World War II, Norbert served his country in the United States Army from February of 1945 until July of 1946. He received a World War II Victory Medal. His foreign assignment took place in Germany as a Medical Aidsman.

On Jan. 18, 1945, he was joined in marriage to Delores Marie Bollnak. The ceremony took place at St. John's Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson, by the Rev. Stephen Kucera. Six children were born to this union.

After his honorable discharge in 1946, Norbert returned to Ossian to resume his farming career. At the time of his death, Norbert was residing at the family farm and still was involved in farming interests with his sons, Gary, Dale and Kevin.

Norbert was a longtime member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church; its Rosary Society; a 47-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2073; and a member of the Brockman-Hammersland American Legion Post No. 503 at Ossian. He was a member of the Winneshiek County Farm Bureau; a past 4-H leader of the Ossian All-Stars; served on the St. Francis Cemetery Board; and, with his father, was a co-caretaker and grave sexton of St. Francis Cemetery for over 15 years.

His primary interests included his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren; and attending church. Norbert enjoyed farming, card playing, phone conversations, watching the Game Show Network over TV, and following the many pursuits of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed eating sweets.

Survivors include his wife, Delores of Ossian; three sons, Gary N. and Ingrid Lansing of Ossian, Dale J. and Sue Lansing of Ossian; and Kevin L. and Judy Lansing of Ossian; and two daughters, Catherine "Sharon" and George Letts of Sturgis, Mich., and Debra and Craig Frana of Kingsville, Texas.

There are 17 grandchildren: Daniel Lansing, Erin Lansing, Andrea Lansing, Sari Lansing, Jadie Lansing, Heather Elsbernd, Scott Elsbernd, Katie Elsbernd, Kelly Lansing, Danan Lansing, Darrah Lansing and Micole Lansing; and three greatgrandchildren: Landon Santori, Skyler Santori and Carter Broszeit.; three sisters: Dolores Olson of Ossian, Lorraine and Paul Kelly of Van Horne, and Eunice and Leonard Zweibohmer of Ossian; one brother, Gerald and Barbara Lansing of Fort Dodge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Norbert Lansing was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Marion Lansing in infancy Dec. 3, 1954; a grandson, Adam Schissel in infancy; a son-in-law, Duane Schissel; a brother-in-law, Orville Olson; and a nephew, Stephen Lansing.

Transcribed by an IA GenWeb Volunteer from obituaries found in the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society Library, Cresco, Iowa.


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