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March 19, 1921 - March 30, 2011

Nora was born March 19, 1921 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Archie and Candace “Babe” (Dinger) Ward.  She attended country schools in the Bluffton and Burr Oak area.  On February 12, 1946 she married Parnell Hageman at the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa.  They farmed north of Decorah until 1959 and then south of Canton until 1985 when they retired and moved into Canton. Parnell passed away March 4, 2005.  She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton.  She enjoyed helping the Altar Society with church events, baking, flowers, and gardening.
Nora passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Harmony Healthcare in Harmony, Minnesota at the age of 90, of Canton, died. 
Nora is survived by a son Ronald (Karen) of Burr Oak; a daughter Marsha (Gary) Osting of Ames, Iowa; four step-grandchildren Sue (John) Ryan, Pat Hoppe, Kathy (Ryan) Boon, and Elizabeth (Ben) Matthies; seven step-great grandchildren Trisha (Joel) Wenthold, Travis (Abby) Ryan, Caitlyn and Blake Hoppe, Gracie and Jacob Boon, Emmalynn Matthies, and  two step-great great grandchildren Tylar and Hayden; two sister-in-laws Ruth Huber and Anita (Carroll) Lansing both of Decorah; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Parnell; her parents; a sister Irene Keck, two step-grandchildren David and Jeff Hoppe; , and two brother-in-laws James Keck and Conrad Huber.
Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton, Minnesota with Father Donald P. Schmitz officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM Friday, April 1, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a prayer service at 5 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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