Norma Louise Woods Clawson Stuve, age 99, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin passed away peacefully into her heavenly home on September 8, 2021 at Nekoosa Court.
She was born December 19, 1921, in the Town of Whitestown, Vernon County Wisconsin to Charles Harvey Woods and Miranda Minnie Budde Woods, and after the death of her mother, when Norma was 14 months old she was was adopted by the Reverends Joseph Bolvin and Elizabeth Jane Reid Clawson.
Norma Clawson graduated from the Hayward High School, completed teacher’s training at the Barron County Normal School, and then received her B.A. degree from Marion College in Marion, Indiana.
She taught elementary school over the next 30 years, starting out with two country schools. She taught in Hillsboro, Wisconsin; Buffalo, Wyoming; and Rice Lake and Spooner, Wisconsin.
On June 13, 1959 Norma Clawson married Dwight Stuve, joining him and his two children, Terry and Wendy. She enjoyed living in the Township of Cranmoor, where Dwight worked first for Whittlesey Cranberry Company and then for Cranmoor Cranberry Company. During those years Norma taught school at Cranmoor, in Milwaukee and in Port Edwards, Wisconsin.
While in her teens, Norma gave her heart to the Lord, and she was blessed to also volunteer in the church and with other Christian organizations. Dwight and Norma made many trips with a work team, to work in the Hepzibah Children’s Home in Macon, Georgia. And they also went on a mission trip to Zambia, Africa.
In 2015 she and Dwight moved to the Nekoosa Retirement Community. In 2016 God called Dwight home to heaven. Norma, while living at the Nekoosa Court, an accomplished pianist, regularly filled the evenings with hymns as she played piano for friends and neighbors at the Nekoosa Retirement Community.
Norma is survived by son Terry (Sheri Hyland) Stuve of Cadott, Wisconsin; daughter Wendy (Ted) Chao of Richfield, Minnesota; grandsons Ryan and Reed of Cadott, and Reese (Heather Guertin) of Onalaska, Wisconsin; three great-grandsons London, Preston, Hudson, and one great-granddaughter Graycen; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dwight Edward Stuve; her adoptive parents, Reverends Joseph Bolvin Clawson and Elizabeth Jane Reid Clawson and brother Andrew; her birth parents, Charles and Minnie Woods; her brothers Floyd, Nathan, Harold, Leo, and Merrill Woods and one sister Carol Woods Alexander.
Norma’s family is deeply thankful to Jessica and her caring staff at Nekoosa Court, and also to nurse Larissa and her staff, including Jackie, Carla, Johnny, and the Chaplain Kristin from Compassus Hospice throughout the recent weeks, Your caring and care-giving have been exceptional!
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 5, Baker Street Wesleyan Church, with Rev. Milt Van Natta officiating. Visitation is at 9-11 A.M. with service following at 11 A.M. Burial in the afternoon at Forest-Burr Cemetery in Hillsboro, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates consideration of a donation to the Baker Street Wesleyan Church Uplifting Zambia mission project or World Hope International, P.O. Box 743794, Atlanta, GA, 30374-3794.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.
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