Norma Engebretson, age 84 of Starbuck, Minnesota, formerly of Cyrus, MN, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Holly Ridge in Starbuck, MN.

Visitation for Norma Engebretson will be Friday, January 31, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck, MN. Visitation will continue from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, MN.

Funeral services for Norma Jean Engebretson will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, MN, with Reverend Chris Richards and Minister Minette Stalheim Johnson officiating.

Burial will be at St. Petri Cemetery in Cyrus, MN.

Norma Jean Showalter, daughter of Roy and Agnes (Harder) Showalter, was born February 28, 1935, in Rural Fulda in Murray County, MN, where she grew up and attended country school.  In 1950, her family moved to rural Starbuck where she continued her schooling, graduating from Cyrus High School.  She was united in marriage to Forest Engebretson on September 10, 1953. The couple built a new house on the family farm, where they continued to farm with Forest’s family, until their retirement in 1991.  Forest passed away September 25, 2014. Norma continued living on the farm until September of 2018, when she moved to Holly Ridge in Starbuck, where she continued to live until the time of her death.

Norma was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, the Morris American Legion Auxiliary and the Flying Farmers, where she served as queen.  She traveled all over the world with her husband, Forest.  She enjoyed camping, gardening, flowers, baking for the holidays and playing cards with family and friends.

She is survived by one brother: James Showalter of Bloomington, MN; sister: Jeanette (Eldon) Ellingson of Paynesville, MN; sisters-in-law: Sharon Showalter of Glenwood, MN, and Maurine Aslakson of Hancock, MN; brother-in-law: Courtney Engebretson of Starbuck, MN; several nieces, nephews, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Forest; her parents; one sister: Ida Pooch; and three brothers: John, Donald and Doug Showalter.

Starbuck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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