Norma Ruzicka, 85, formerly of York

Norma J. Ruzicka, 85, of Sparta and formerly of Melrose, Wis., died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, surrounded by her family.

Norma was born June 28, 1926, to Albert and Alice (Applen) Hovey in York Township, Fillmore County, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at Saetersdal Lutheran Church in Fillmore County and attended area schools. On Oct. 25, 1946, Norma married Lewis J. Ruzicka in the Lutheran parsonage in Harmony, Minn. The couple moved to the North Bend area in 1959, where they farmed. Norma loved to read and do crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by four children, RaeGene (Ted) Storandt, Rodney Ruzicka, all of Sparta, Randy Ruzicka of Melrose and Rhonda (Kyle) Zuehlke of LaCrosse; a sister, Elaine Herman of Evansdale, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Dolores Foote of Lime Springs, Iowa; three step-grandchildren; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis; brothers, Kermit, Arthur, in infancy, Glen, Richard and Gary; and one step-grandchild.

Memorial services were Jan. 12, 2012 at South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church of rural Ettrick. The Rev. John Ashland officiated. It was Norma’s wish to be cremated. Zwickey Funeral Homes, Melrose Chapel, assisted the family with arrangements.


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