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Norma Lee Vaagen

Norma Lee Vaagen

Norma Lee Vaagen, 82, died on Friday June 20th, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, ND.

Visitation and Rosary will be held on Monday June 23rd, at the Gilbertson Funeral Home in Devils Lake. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devils Lake on Tuesday June 24th at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. She will then make a final trip across her beloved state of North Dakota to her home in Dickinson with a Memorial Service and Burial to be held on Wednesday June 25th. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Memorial Service to begin at 10:00 a.m. all at the Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson.

Norma Lee Putschler was born on November 30, 1931 at her family home in Gladstone, ND, the second daughter of A. F. 'Tony' and Anna (Reiner) Putschler. At the age of eight, the family moved to Dickinson where her father operated the Mobil Oil bulk supply company and later became Fire Chief.

Norma graduated from Dickinson High School in 1949 and on October 30th, 1950, married Lyle Vaagen at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dickinson.

Her life was spent in Dickinson, working with her husband in the family Mobil Service Station and U-Haul rentals while raising their family of five children. Norma loved 'her' North Dakota and often had brochures available for friends and relatives that visited. One of her greatest loves was the Medora Musical, always trying to enjoy it with a full moon rising over the performance! She thoroughly enjoyed her trips through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park as well as trips to the Black Hills and Yellowstone.

Norma is survived by four of her five children, Nancy (Quinn) Diede, Tulsa, OK; Lori Ligman, Lancaster, CA; Jeffrey (Leatha) Vaagen, Devils Lake, ND; and Lee Ann Vaagen, Coeur d'Alene, ID; grandchildren Kathryn Franz and Sarah Vaagen; Laura Diede and Brietta Forbes; Jack, Krista, Ben and Michaela Ligman; Steven and Sierra Magnuson; Jacob, Hannah, Isaac and Rachel Vaagen.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband Lyle, her son Russell and sisters LaVerne Carroll and Mary Jane Kolster.

Memorials for Norma will be made to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

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