Norma Delores Hedstrom passed away peacefully on Friday July 17th, 2020 at Villa Maria in Fargo, ND under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Norma was born to Alfred and Anna Adsem on March 14th, 1926 in Haynes, ND. She adored her parents and was very proud of her father’s service in WWI. As one of seven children, she frequently shared stories of her childhood with her siblings and enjoyed growing up in a large family.
Norma was united in marriage to Earl “Pete” Purington on March 14th, 1948 and together they shared six daughters.
After a class reunion in 1994, Norma got the opportunity to reconnect with her high school sweetheart and married Harold “Hefty” Hedstrom at sixty-eight years old. They spent many wonderful years together on the farm until Harold passed away in 2003.
Norma held many positions in a variety of careers throughout her life such as bookkeeping, sales, teaching children in a one room schoolhouse and jobs around the shipyards during WWII. Although she excelled in whatever she did, her greatest and proudest job was Mom and Grandma.
Norma is lovingly remembered by her six daughters: Ava (Robert) Dalbol, Fargo ND, Becky (Ernie) Bozovsky, Fargo ND; Carol Purington, Madison WI; Deb (Tom) Link, Fargo/Washburn ND; Emily (Bob McDaniel) Kroetch, Phillip SD; and Faye (Tom) Fynn, Fargo ND; Two brothers, Duane Adsem, Bozeman MT and Larry (Marilyn) Adsem, Grand Forks ND; One sister, Agnes Uhrig, Lead SD; One sister-in-law, Lois Adsem, Bismarck ND; Eleven Grandchildren: Jason Nielsen, Casey Nielsen, Jill Backlund, Jenny Nielsen, Jeff Bozovsky, Shannon Bozovsky, Kirsten Earley, Amanda Purington, Sarah Link, Paul Link and Megan Flynn; as well as 12 great-grandchildren, the Family of Harold Hedstrom and many nieces and nephews.
Welcoming Norma home are her parents, husband Harold Hedstrom, sister Lorraine Merwin, brothers Leo “Corky” Adsem, Arnold Adsem, son-in-law Ralph Kroetch and grandson Tommy Flynn.
A private family gathering will take place Sunday, July 19th with a burial in Hettinger, ND to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Norma’s name to Hospice of the Red River Valley:
Hospice of the Red River Valley
1701 38th St. S., Suite 101
Fargo, ND 58103
Or visit www.hrrv.org