Norma Jeanne Otterpohl

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Norma Jeanne Otterpohl, the daughter of Charles and Mildred Volz was born on October 16, 1928 in Shawnee Mission, KS. During High School her family moved to a farm in Glenwood, IA and after graduation she attended business school in Omaha. She then worked at several businesses including the Omaha World Herald. She married Edward Otterpohl on October 19, 1948 in Pacific Junction, IA. They moved to Lindsay, NE where they farmed with Ed’s parents. In 1952 they moved to a farm outside of Missouri Valley where they raised their seven children. Edward passed away on March 14, 1994. Norma stayed on the farm for several years until moving to town in 2006. Years later, Norma moved in with her daughter (and son-in-law), Donna, for a year and then moved into the memory unit at Silver Ridge in Gretna, NE. Norma was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Missouri Valley. There were always guarantees when visiting Norma. A kiss and hug, a small dog excitedly jumping at your feet, a fresh sponge cake hiding under a metal cake server, a pair of handmade rocking chairs waiting for company, and a stroll through the flower beds and gardens. Norma worked tirelessly in her garden, yard, and on the farm. She spent countless hours each year canning the harvests from her gardens. She loved baking, sewing gifts and making hand-written birthday cards for her grandchildren and family. Although the years passed and Norma’s memory faded, her contagious laugh, love for her family, faith in God, and her sweet tooth always remained constant. Norma’s legacy will forever remain in our hearts and minds as stories are told about “Grandma’s house on the farm.”

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Otterpohl; her parents, Charles & Mildred Volz; one grandchild, Amberly Yannatone; brothers, Robert Volz and Richard Volz.

Norma will be lovingly remembered by her seven children, Charlie (Parma) Otterpohl, Linda (Don) Einerson, Anne (Dick) Audas, Mary (Jim) Schechinger, Michael (Candi) Otterpohl, Donna (Dan) Ring, Gary (Karen) Otterpohl; 21 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; one brother, Ray (Jerry) Volz; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. until time of service at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021 St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Missouri Valley, Iowa

Final Resting Place St. Bridget’s Cemetery Honey Creek, Iowa



  • Bruce Campbell Posted March 15, 2021 8:08 am

    So sorry for your loss Mike you are in our thoughts and prayers ❤️🙏🏻

  • Susan B Tipton Posted March 15, 2021 8:41 am

    The world will miss your love for everything, but Heaven is so glad to have you.

  • Jay Woodson Posted March 15, 2021 8:49 am

    With sympathy and thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

  • Mark Hendricks Posted March 15, 2021 9:47 am

    Sorry for your loss Donna! You, Dan and family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Penny Anderson Posted March 15, 2021 11:12 am

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Suzy & George Wear Posted March 15, 2021 10:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I remember her smile and she always had a sparkle in her eye. Such a kind lady.

  • George and Dell McLendon Posted March 16, 2021 8:44 pm

    We’re so sorry for your loss. We lift up this family in prayer.

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