Norma Jean Kofmehl

HOLSTEIN – Services for Norma Jean Kofmehl,  90, of Holstein will be at a later date, due to COVID-19. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

She died Nov. 12, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Holstein.

Norma Jean Stueve was born Nov. 29, 1929, near Templeton in Carroll County, to Fred and Cecelia (Friedman) Stueve.

She grew up on the family farm and attended Templeton Sacred Heart Schools until graduation, near the top of her class in 1948. She was very proud of her heritage and her father’s association with the original Templeton Rye.

She began her work life in a local pharmacy. Amongst her duties there, she worked the soda fountain, mixing various concoctions. She then became a telephone operator, eventually landing in Storm Lake.

She met her future husband, Charles Francis Kofmehl, at an outdoor rosary in Carroll. They married May 2, 1953. In 1955, they moved to Holstein, where they remained until their deaths.

Four children were born to this union: Steven, Kristine, David and Thomas. Charlie continued to work for Iowa Public Service Co. and Norma stayed home and raised her children well.

They were dedicated members of OLGC Catholic Church.  Life was good, and both were involved in various clubs and organizations, having many friends and social connections.

Tragically, in 1971, Charlie suffered a debilitating stroke and was permanently disabled. Norma took over all operations of running the household, caring for her husband now, as well as her children.

She overcame every burden through her faith, friends and family. She was an excellent cook, could get out any stain and found ways to manage her limited resources, so that her children never wanted for anything.

After Charlie’s death in 2005, she continued to be the loving caretaker for all around her, especially her children and grandchildren.

Her house was the center of family activity and gatherings. This is where good food and drinks were shared with laughter and love.

She was the one to bring warm soup to a sick friend, to offer a shoulder to cry on, who had a quick wit and who always offered supportive prayers and a loving nudge in the right direction.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Steve (Marilyn) Kofmehl, Kristine (Jerry) Flater, David (Laurie) Kofmehl and Tom (Laura) Kofmehl.

Also surviving are her grandchildren: Karl (Cheyanne) Kofmehl, Anne Kofmehl (Steve Lundy), Kate (Jimmy) Oltmann, Alison (Keegan) Svendsen, Jeffrey (Nicole) Kofmehl, Grant Kofmehl, Meg Kofmehl, John Kofmehl and Kate Kofmehl; and six great grandchildren.

Preceding Norma in death were her husband, Charles; her parents; her siblings, Eugene Stueve and Eunice Stark; her brothers- and sisters-in-law; and her grandson, Nicholas Flater.

Memorials can be sent to Holstein’s Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

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