Memorial services for Norma Mainquist, age 88, of Wausa, Nebraska will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at United Methodist Church in Wausa. Reverend Judy Carlson will officiate.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa is in charge of arrangements.
Norma died Friday, September 25, 2015, at Osmond General Hospital.
Norma (Hillberg) Mainquist, oldest child of Edna (Henry) and Clifford T. Hillberg, was born March 15, 1927, at Brunswick, Nebraska. The family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1928, and then to Wausa, Nebraska in 1930. Norma attended Wausa Methodist Church since 1931. She was baptized on July 19, 1936, at Laurel, Nebraska by a family friend, Reverend Lawrence Yost. Norma was confirmed and joined the church on July 9, 1940. Norma was active in her church all of her life, mostly in the music department. She received her 50 year membership pin in 1990, and her 75 year pin in 2015.
Norma attended Wausa Public School and graduated in 1944. She attended Wayne State College, where she earned her teaching credentials, and taught in rural school in Knox and Pierce Counties for four years.
On June 21, 1950, Norma married Keith W. Mainquist at Wausa, and they spent nearly half their married life on a farm north of Wausa. Three sons, Richard, William, and Douglas, were born to them. In 1974, they moved in Wausa and have lived there since. In June of 2000, Keith and Norma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Norma’s father died in 1947, her mother in 1978, and her only brother, John, in 1967. Keith died December 10, 2013, at Wausa Golden Living Center and in October 2013, Norma too had to move to the center after a fall at home.
Norma is survived by her sons, Richard of Omaha, Nebraska, Bill and wife Connie, of Hartington, Nebraska and Douglas of Wausa, Nebraska; grandchildren, Brett, Melissa, and Brandon of Hartington; and two great-granddaughters, Avery Catherine and Irelynn Rose, daughters of Brett and Renae Mainquist. She is also survived by her sister, Lois Frevert of Bloomfield, Nebraska; a niece, Jeanne Young of Bloomfield; a nephew, Gregory Blessen of Lee Summit, Missouri; and sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.