Clara G. Norell, 95, Apple Valley, formerly of Mankato, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Augustana Health Care Center in Apple Valley. Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Heritage Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato.
Clara was born November 5, 1917, to Gustaf and Olga (Lokensgard) Annexstad in Lake Prairie Township. On April 22, 1950, she was united in marriage to Emmett Norell at Norseland Lutheran Church. In her free time she loved to garden, sew and cook. She enjoyed hosting dinner for family and friends. She played organ at Norseland and Hiawatha congregations, and later attended Mt. Olive Lutheran in Mankato, and Heritage Lutheran in Apple Valley.
She is survived by daughter, Ruth (Jim) Olson of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Justin (Lacy), Stephanie, Chelsea, and Michaela; great grandchild, Kya; brother, Glenn (Hope) Annexstad and sister in-law Lois Annexstad of St. Peter; sister, Gudrun (Dave) Kenyon of Oakfield, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers; Maurice and Carl, and sister, Borghild.