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Norma Jean Roloff

Norma Jean Roloff

Thursday, March 2nd, 1933 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
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Norma Jean Roloff died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 1, 2019, following a courageous journey with cancer.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8th, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, and from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 9th, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9th, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with burial following at Memorial Gardens.
Norma Jean was born on March 2, 1933 in Ossian, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Marie Ehler.
She attended several country schools while growing up, and at the age of 16, she bravely left the family farm and headed to Dubuque on her own. She would tell us stories of pulling in to Dubuque for the first time, driving down Central Avenue and being in awe of all the lights and stores.
Norma Jean was an extremely hard worker. When she arrived in Dubuque, she began working at Mercy Hospital. She later worked at Sweetheart Bakery for 26 years until her retirement in 1988.
Norma Jean dedicated her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was blessed with two daughters, Barb and Marlene through her marriage with John Wall. In 1962, she met the love of her life, Lawrence Roloff, at St. John Lutheran Church. He was bound and determined to marry her, even sitting outside on her front porch until she said “yes”. They were married in 1964, and she was blessed with another daughter, Amy. They went on to share many happy years together with their blended family of 7 children. She and Larry shared a wonderful life together for forty-four years until his passing on April 12, 2009.
She instilled a strong work ethic, her love for cooking, appreciation of music, and the importance of being together as a family. Norma Jean also stressed the importance of faith in God, the power of prayer, and value of attending church. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and appreciated her church family.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her three daughters and sons-in-law. Barbara (Pat) Shepherd, of Peosta, IA, Marlene (Dan) Frye, of Asbury, IA, Amy (Ryan) Poyner, of Davenport, IA. Her grandchildren - Dawn Shepherd, John (Tanya) Shepherd, Megan (Tim) Michel, Emily (Tad) Schoeny and Emma and Nathan Poyner. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren – Adrianna, Alivia and Abigail Jean Shepherd, Lily, Maggie and Owen Michel, and Nora, Stella and Lyla Schoeny. She is also survived by four step-children – Diane (Don) Riedl of Sherrill, IA, Pam (Dan) Wiederholt of Long Grove, IA, Steve Roloff of Lancaster, WI, and Sheila (Charlie) Dimke of Galena, IL, as well as four step-grandchildren – Jessica (Donovan) Moser, Kevin (Emily) Riedl, Carrie (Robbie) Aristodemo and Jenny (Kevin) Hulson. She has 6 step great-grandchildren, and one more on the way.
She is survived by one brother, Donald Ehler and three sisters, Bea Johnson, Dorothy Hageman and Bernice Johnson.
Norma Jean was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Linus and Cletus Ehler, sister Joan Halvorson, and brothers-in-law Carl Johnson, Alex Hageman, Harold Henry, Calvin Johnson, Glen Hammerand, and sister-in-laws Mary Ehler and Mary Anna Hammerand.
Memorials to honor her life will be shared with Norma Jean’s favorite charities.
The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his amazing nurse, Kate, for their professional care, thoughtfulness and patience. We were blessed to have Allison, Betsy, Jennie and Jan from Hospice of Dubuque provide Norma Jean and our family so much kindness and compassion during this journey.
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Linda Hingtgen

Posted at 02:49pm
My condolences goes out to the family. Sorry about your loss Norma will be missed. I remember when her and Lawerence would come out and play cards at my parents house and some of us would sit around the table as they played cards to hear a joke or a story.
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Chuck Ehler

Posted at 12:27pm
Norma Jean’s Family Members,
On behalf of all my brothers and sisters (the families of Jerome and Marie Ehler), I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your families. We were all saddened to learn of Norma Jean’s passing.
We commend her on all of her accomplishments during her lifetime and for the love and care she provided to our family. She assisted our parents with childcare during our upbringing. We are indebted to her for her willingness to provide assistance to our parents.
We know and appreciate her deep faith and her commitment to the love and care of her family members. She was extremely conscientious and was deeply concerned for the well being of others.
The saying goes that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that will watch over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you now have “Norma Jean,” the angel, who will lovingly watch over you.
Please trust that Norma Jean is in the warm embrace of the “Good Lord” and is at peace. We are confident she will enjoy the joys and comforts of heaven.
May the Good Lord bless and comfort you and your families during this time of grief. We have you and your family members in our thoughts and prayers.
Charles, Sharon & Paul Ehler
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Family Members: David, Jane, Roger, Bonnie, Tom, Joe, Gary, Jim and Cheryl


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Helen

Posted at 08:50pm
I worked in a business Norma came to and I loved waiting on her. She was such a kind, sweet and loving lady and so was her husband. My sympathy to her family.
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Pat Alvestad

Posted at 12:05pm
I am thinking of you all as I remember Norma Jean's wonderful relationship with my mother Christine Frederick. Norma was close to my sister's age and she became almost like another daughter to my mom. Then she and Larry and all of you were so gracious to include my mom in family activities on Green St. when the rest of us lived far away. Norma was so friendly, loving, kind, and thoughtful--all those things that a good friend and child of God should be. God has taken her home. Blessings to you all.
Pat Alvestad
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