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Harriet Norland

July 25, 1919 December 16, 2019
Harriet Norland
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Harriet Cleone (Aspenson) Norland passed away surrounded by her family in Richmond, Kentucky on December 16, 2019. 

Harriet was born on July 25, 1919 in Forest City, Iowa to Clara (Josvanger) and Oscar Aspenson, Sr.

Her life spanned 100 years and her journey took her from rural Iowa to Kansas and back to Cresco, Iowa with her beloved husband Marvin. Harriet was devoted to family, teaching and the church.  She treasured her former students and corresponding with friends and relatives. Harriet leaves an enduring legacy through her family and many students whose lives she positively affected during the course of her teaching career.  She moved to Richmond, Kentucky in 2018 to be close to her daughter, Marcia.

Harriet graduated from Forest City High School and then she matriculated to Luther College where was among the first females to attend.  She also played clarinet in the Luther band.

Harriet and Marvin were married in 1941 and the Luther College president performed the ceremony.

Harriet was a teacher in several locations across Iowa starting with Frankville, Rossie, Ridgeway, Cresco, North Winneshiek and also in Harmony, Minnesota as well.  Throughout her career Harriet taught speech and debate. She directed plays and operas, coached girls basketball and softball and was an assistant librarian and a substitute teacher.

She belonged to several civic groups and also functioned as an administrative assistant for her husband’s business.

Harriet is survived by her children Marcia MacLaren (Bruce) and Stephen Norland (Susan), her grandchildren John MacLaren (Mary Ann), Heather MacLaren, Emily Hetherington (Craig), Anna Norland, Benjamin Norland (Courtney) and her great-grandchildren Millicent and Cyrus, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, her beloved parents, brothers Donald and Oscar Aspenson and sister Corolla Lennon.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be sent to:  First Lutheran Church, Cresco, Iowa.

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Visitation

Friday

27

Dec

10:00 AM 12/27/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Lutheran

920 3rd St. East
Cresco, IA 52136

First Lutheran
920 3rd St. East Cresco 52136 IA
United States

Service

Friday

27

Dec

11:00 AM 12/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Lutheran

920 3rd St. East
Cresco, IA 52136

First Lutheran
920 3rd St. East Cresco 52136 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Decorah Lutheran Cemetery Final Resting Place

610 Moen St.
Decorah, IA 52101

610 Moen St. Decorah 52101 IA
United States
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