Norma Mae (Hoffmann) Fortmann, 91, of Worthington, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.
Friends called from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville, where a parish wake service was held at 7 p.m. and a Catholic Order of Forester rosary recited at 5 p.m. Friends also called Monday, Sept. 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services.
Norma was born April 19, 1928, the daughter of Nicholas and Leona (Meyer) Hoffmann, on the farm northeast of Dyersville, in Hickory Valley. She married Merlin P. Fortmann Jan. 6, 1953, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 2003. Merlin and Norma farmed together near Worthington until they retired and moved into Worthington in December, 1989.
Norma was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court #607 where she was past officer and trustee. She received her Legion of Honor award Jan. 16, 1985. Norma was a member of St. Paul Parish Altar and Rosary Society and served her church in many ways from cooking meals, helping with soup suppers, cleaning church, helping with religious education classes, etc.
Mom lived her life to help others. She loved spending time with family and friends. She loved little babies. In July a new great-grandchild, Nicole, was born whom she spent the last month spending every minute she could with. Norma lived for her faith, family and friends.
Surviving include a daughter, Julie (Steve) Bries, of Worthington and their children: Patrick (Holly) Bries and their children, Leah and Nicole; Daniel Bries, Jessica Bries and Kristi Bries; a son, Jerry (Renee) Fortmann and his children: Melissa Ibarra (fiancé Dakota Dryden) and her children, Jasmine, Jocelyn and Gemma; Anthony (Kristen) Fortmann and their children Kira, Ella, Abel, Autumn and Hunter; sister-in-law, Eileen Fortmann and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Ann Fortmann, Aug. 30, 1964; infant grandson, Nicholas Joseph Bries Dec. 12, 2000; her parents, Nicholas and Leona Hoffmann; parents-in-law, Ralph and Anna Fortmann; sisters: Martha (George) Kremer, Mabel (John) Kremer, Hazel (George) Mullis, Bernice (Melvin) Mai; brothers: Donald (Bernadine) Hoffmann and Monroe (Ardella) Hoffmann; in-laws: Gilbert Fortmann, Emil Fortmann and Sylvester (Marcella) Fortman.
The family wishes to acknowledge all those who were part of her journey home. May God bless each of you.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.