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Harald R. Norslien of Vermont Township

February 7, 2018 by Cristina & Diego | Filed under Obituaries.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Vermont Lutheran Church with Rev. Barry Hoerz officiating. Inurnment will be at Vermont Lutheran Cemetery.  A gathering and fellowship will follow the church memorial service. “Put on your favorite dream and fly.”   “See you next time. There is always a next time.” these were a couple of Harald’s favorite quotes he tell you.

Harald Norslien, 81, born May 12, 1936 died February 7, 2018 of an apparent heart attack in his Vermont Township home. He was born to Harry and Edna (Punswick) Norslien in Madison, WI, the second eldest of four. He graduated Black Earth High School in 1954, and attended Luther College, in the hopes of becoming a pastor.  His faith was always important to him. He returned to his family’s farm and lumber business after a year. He met Mary Watkins at a Luther League event, were married at Vermont Lutheran Church and they had four children, Beth (Sean) Williams, Kirsten (William Rizzo) Norslien, Ingrid Short, and Erik Norslien (Andrea).  After their marriage, Harald worked selling silos and agricultural buildings. He provided warmth to thousands, as the owner and operator of Norske Wood Works, an offshoot of the family business that he worked with his father in early days. He felt that people should get what they paid for.  That work not only benefitted his customers, but he worked tirelessly with the Amish community to help them bring their product to markets at a fair price.  And, with Amish candy in hand, he never met a stranger. This dedication to quality was also reflected in his dedication to the fine art of lefse making.  A fixture at Vermont Lutheran, he perfected his recipe and technique over time, inventing an amazing studded rolling pin that eliminated the pesky bubbles that popped up at baking time. For the past few years, that’s included teaching anyone who wanted to learn, and lefse demonstrations during the church’s lutefisk dinners.  It was such fun for him, talking about the precise mix of potatoes, and rolling process. That always made him so happy to be there.  He loved to hunt, shoot targets, and “plink” with his grandchildren.  He cherished his trips out to Montana for family gatherings, and hunting trips.  One year, finally realizing they needed to probably not be the same trip. We were in a hot spring, and he saw a big buck stroll across the hillside, taunting him. It was a beautiful moment. He was a lifetime member of Vermont Lutheran Church.  He was also member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; one of the founding members of the Vermont and Black Earth Rifle Club and a supporter of Sugar Creek Bible Camp.

He is survived by his children: Beth (Sean) Williams; Kirsten (William Rizzo) Norslien; Ingrid Short; Erik (Andrea) Norslien, their mother Mary Schimmele; his grandchildren: Jesse Rose Williams, Sarah Short, Nicholas (Emily) Williams, Colin Williams, Mitchell Norslien, Seth Norslien, Gage Norslien, Ethan Short, Carter Short, Madden Norslien; his sisters Virginia Hillebrand and Linda (Tom) Watkins, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law Dan Short, and his brother: Dennis Norslien.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Vermont Lutheran Church with Rev. Barry Hoerz officiating. Inurnment will be at Vermont Lutheran Cemetery.  A gathering and fellowship will follow the church memorial service.   “See you next time; there is always a next time.”

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