Norma Fay (Cooper) Niceswanger

March 16, 1922 ~ November 13, 2020 (age 98)


Norma Niceswanger

Norma Fay Cooper was born March 15, 1922 to Carl and Mattie Cooper in Lytton, Iowa. The youngest of 4 children, she grew up in Lytton, Iowa. On March 2, 1938 she married Dale Niceswanger in Carroll, Iowa. They farmed for many years and it was here they started their family of 7 children. They moved to Chetek, Wi in 1948 and continued to grow their family and continued their farming life. After the children got older Norma worked at ABC in Chetek, and then at Wright Products in Rice Lake until retirement. She created life long friendships here. 

After retirement they moved into the city of Chetek. Norma was very active in her church and loved to sew quilts and bags for organizations all over the country. Sewing, knitting and puzzles were great passions of Norma’s.  On her 90th birthday Norma presented each of her children with a quilt she had sewn special for each one. 

Knapp Haven/Meadow Brook has been Norma’s home for the last 8 ½ years. It was here that Norma found a new passion in coloring and helping with various little projects. The staff have become lifetime friends and life extended family to her. 

She is survived by her children: Nelda Tweed, Woodbury, MN, Janet (Merlin) Vought, Rice Lake WI, Gale (Barb) Niceswanger, Rising Fawn, GA  Wendel (Darlene) Niceswanger, Rice Lake, WI Steve (Gloria)Niceswanger, Tomah, WI, Julie (Roger) Nelson, Billings, MT 17 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren and 1 sister Doris.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dale Niceswanger April 27, 2005. Her daughter Marie, sister Vera and brother Paul. 1 grandchild Randall and 3 greatgrandchildren Kyle, Lucas and Madeline, 2 son in laws Douglas and Lyle.

Norma's family will greet visitors at the Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home on Sunday,  November 22, 2020 from 4 - 7 PM. 

Masks or facial coverings will be mandatory to enter the funeral home and please practice the social distancing guidelines as you visit.  Thank you for understanding.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 Noon at the Otterholt Cemetery.

The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. 


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November 22, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Burnham-Ours Funeral Home
206 Schofield Street
Chetek, Wisconsin 54728

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