Norma A. Stevens, age 95, of Yankton, South Dakota, and longtime resident of Hartington, Nebraska, died Monday, June 19, 2017, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
It was Norma's wish to not have any public services. Private burial of her cremated remains, with family, will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington, Nebraska. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home of Yankton.
Norma A. Stevens was born December 22, 1921, in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, to Peter and Albina (Sebaster) McAlpine. She moved to Washington, Kansas and graduated from Washington High School in 1939. After her graduation she moved to Long Beach, California, where she met and later married Fredric J. Stevens on June 3, 1946 in Long Beach, California. After their marriage they moved to Hartington, Nebraska, where Norma took great pride in raising her family. She moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1996 and became a resident of Avera Sister James Care Center in March of 2016.
Norma loved playing bridge and was a member of five bridge clubs as well as a charter member of the Catholic Daughters in Hartington and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, making afghans, gardening, but she especially enjoyed spoiling her granddaughter, Lindy. Norma loved entertaining family with great meals, and helping take care of both her mother - who lived with Fritz and Norma for the last 17 years of Albina's life.
Survivors include her two sons: Tom Stevens of Yankton, South Dakota and Jim Stevens of Omaha, Nebraska; and her one granddaughter, Lindy Stevens of Yankton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fredric J. "Fritz" on December 14, 1986 at the age of 72 years. Norma was the last survivor of the family of the The Bow Valley 10, the Henry and Margaret Stevens family that comprised Frances Stevens Petsche and her husband Ernie, Agnes Stevens, Edward Stevens and his wife Ann, Ruth Stevens, Albert Stevens, Frederic Stevens and Norma, Walter Stevens and his wife Ruth, Irene Stevens Spratt and her husband Tom, Esther Stevens, and Sister Berniece Stevens.
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Fritz & Norma were close friends of my grandparents, Wid & Virginia Burney. I have fond memories of Fritz & Norma from hanging out with them and my grandparents in Hartington and Hideaway Acres. Great folks and very funny. Special people that I'll always remember. God speed!
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