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Norma E Forde

July 19, 1925 ~ January 25, 2018 (age 92)

Norma Elaine Forde, age 92 of Fitchburg and formerly of Viroqua and Osseo passed away on Thursday morning, January 25, 2018 at the Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living where she lived.  She was born at home in Crawford County on July 19, 1925 to Emerth and Judith (Lewis) Aspenson.  She attended the Vernon Normal School where she earned her teaching degree and taught grades 1-8 at Rising Sun School.   On August 18, 1950 she married Elwood Forde at the Utica Lutheran Church in rural Ferryville.  They started farming in rural Ontario in Monroe County until Elwood was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  She moved to Kansas to be close to him during his training and then returned to Genoa to teach until his return.  After the war they purchased a farm in Sag City, rural Viroqua and then in 1978 they purchased a farm at rural Augusta.  In 1992 they retired to Osseo.  She enjoyed many church activities including quilting, bible study, and Circle, Homemakers, Volunteering at the Hospital in Osseo and spending time with her family and friends as well as being a wonderful partner to Elwood for their 65 years together. Elwood passed away March 29, 2016.

Norma is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Forde of Fitchburg, two sons; David (Carol) Forde of Clemmons, N.C., Dean Forde of Greenfield, WI, five grandchildren; Andrea (Kevin) Bernhardt, Emily (Jason) Held, Ellen (Annie) Forde, Eric Forde, and Aaron Forde.  She is survived by five great grandchildren; Decorra, Kody and Bryson Bernhardt; Harrison and Abigail Held, one sister, Yvonne Ausland, one brother, Gary (Clarice) Aspenson; one brother-in-law; Charles Lind, 4 sisters-in-law; Genevieve Birkelo, Ruth (Robert) McClurg, Carolyn White, Beverly Forde, other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters; Delores Aspenson, Joanne Lind, 2 brothers; Ishmael Aspenson, LeRoy Aspenson, 2 sisters-in-law Charlotte Aspenson and Evelyn Aspenson; 3 brothers-in-laws; Arlin Forde, Gerhard Birkelo, Ron White.

Blessed be her memory.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a..m. on Friday, Februry 2nd, 2018 at the South West Prairie Lutheran Church with Pastor Nile Sandeen officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the church after 10 a.m. on Friday.  The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua serving the family. Online condolences may be offered at

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