Norma Fay Cooper was born March 15, 1922, to Carl and Mattie Cooper in Lytton, Iowa. The youngest of four children, she grew up in Lytton. On March 2, 1938, she married Dale Niceswanger in Carroll, Iowa. They farmed for many years, and it was here they started their family of seven children. They moved to Chetek, Wis., in 1948 and continued to grow their family and their farming life. After the children got older, Norma worked at ABC in Chetek, and then at Wright Products in Rice Lake until retirement. She created lifelong friendships there.
After retirement, they moved into the city of Chetek. Norma was very active in her church and loved to sew quilts and bags for organizations all over the country. Sewing, knitting and puzzles were great passions of Norma’s. On her 90th birthday, Norma presented each of her children with a special quilt she had sewn for each one.
Knapp Haven/Meadowbrook at Chetek has been Norma’s home for the last 8-and-a-half years. It was here that Norma found a new passion in coloring and helping with various little projects. The staff became lifetime friends and extended family to her.
She is survived by her children: Nelda Tweed, of Woodbury, Minn., Janet (Merlin) Vought, of Rice Lake, Gale (Barb) Niceswanger, of Rising Fawn, Ga., Wendel (Darlene) Niceswanger, of Rice Lake, Steve (Gloria)Niceswanger, of Tomah, and Julie (Roger) Nelson, of Billings, Mont.; 17 grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Doris.
She is preceded in death by her husband Dale Niceswanger April 27, 2005; daughter, Marie; sister, Vera; brother Paul; grandchild, Randall; three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Lucas and Madeline; and sons-in- law, Douglas and Lyle.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek. Graveside service will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at the Otterholt Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek.