Norma Scharpen, 89Norma Caroline Rebekka Scharpen passed away on Dec. 11 in Mesa, Ariz.
Norma Caroline Rebekka Scharpen passed away on Dec. 11 in Mesa, Ariz.
Born in Zumbrota Township, Minn., to Louis and Florence (Lohmann) Borgschatz, Norma arrived on Dec. 3, 1922. Norma graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1939. She attended Red Wing Teacher's Training and eventually taught in a one-room schoolhouse for children in first through eighth grades. Later, Norma worked at Cash Food and Zumbrota Cheese Mart. Norma married Forrest Scharpen on June 10, 1942, at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota.
She was a member of the Goodhue Lioness Club. Norma enjoyed playing cards, traveling, and dancing.
Norma is survived by her daughters, Diane (Dale) Olson and Donna (Paul) Beyer; foster son Lloyd (Audrey) Strawmatt; foster daughter-in-law, Joan Strawmatt; sister Naomi Moon; grandchildren, Eric, Dena, Jesse, Tammy, Ken, Lorel, Steven, and Stacey; her great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest; parents; sisters Donna Marie, Ruth and Verna; foster brother, Carl Jorgenson; foster son Gerald Strawmatt; and great-grandson Bailey.
A memorial service honoring Norma was held at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. Dec. 17. A visitation will be held at the Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel in Zumbrota from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Burial will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206, 480-830-4422. Please pay tribute to Norma by visiting the family's website at www.MariposaGardens.com.
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