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Norris E. Fredrickson, 85, of Zumbrota

Norris E. Fredrickson, 85, of Zumbrota, died on Wednesday, July 1, at his home in Zumbrota. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, at Minneola Lutheran Church in rural Zumbrota with the Rev. Sarah Nietz officiating. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Norris Everett Fredrickson was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Wanamingo Township, Goodhue County, Minn., to Nels and Emma (Satren) Fredrickson. He grew up in Wanamingo and graduated from Wanamingo High School in 1941.

@death of veteran: Following high school, he entered the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 17, 1946. Following graduation from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Norrie taught and coached at Chester High School in Iowa. On June 10, 1950, he married Arlene Zeller at Minneola Lutheran Church. After working for a short time for Boeing Airlines in Renton, Wash., Norrie and Arlene moved to Zumbrota where he started his 32-year career as a State Farm Insurance Agent. He retired in 1985.

@Normal: Norrie played baseball for Luther College and the Town Team in Mabel, Minn. He played ball for the Blue Goose team until he was 50 years old. He also enjoyed playing golf, pitching horseshoes and camping. In later years he was an avid spectator of the many activities of his grandchildren. Norrie and Arlene wintered in Arizona for the past 23 years, where he made many friends, biked and swam daily and played many games of cards. For years, Norrie was a regular at the early morning coffee group, and thoroughly enjoyed delivering vehicles for Grover Auto. He was a volunteer firefighter for 22 years and a member of Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727. Norrie was an active, lifelong member of Minneola Lutheran Church, having served on most boards.

Norris is survived by his wife, Arlene; one sister, Minerva (Maynard) Aaker of Decorah, Iowa; his children, Nancy (Paul) Savre of Eagan, Mary (Dennis Meyer) Fredrickson of Ripon, Wis., Robert (Becky) Fredrickson of Burnsville, Rebecca (Brian) Buck of Zumbrota and Susan (Tom) Bugliosi of Pewaukee, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Andy) Carney, Julie (Boris) Axelrod, Jenelle Savre, Nels, Betsy and Hans Fredrickson, Emily (Tim) Frank, Jennifer (Ben) Lindquist, Sara, Andrew and Nicholas Bugliosi; five step grandchildren, Melissa (Chris) Shuba, Dana (Anthony) Pisculich, Kristen, Alex and Breanne Meyer; and eight great-grandchildren, Maya and Logan Carney, Samson and Hanon Axelrod, Carson Frank, Jackson Lindquist, Logan Shuba and Noah Pisculich. Norris was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond.

The family suggests memorials to Minneola Lutheran Church or Minneola Lutheran Cemetery Fund.