Norbert F. Blocker
January 20, 1926 ~ September 4, 2013
Norbert Blocker, age 87, of Ionia, IA passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Norbert Francis Blocker was born on January 20, 1926 to Raymond and Elizabeth (Zeien) Blocker in New Hampton, IA. He attended country school through the eighth grade. Norbert farmed with his father and worked as a farmhand for various farmers throughout the area. He entered the US Army in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theatre. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Norbert worked at Oliver in Charles City and farmed the family farm northwest of North Washington. Norbert was united in marriage to Alice Nosbisch on November 25, 1947 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. The couple farmed until 1984 when they retired and moved to Ionia. He also did carpentry work and furniture refinishing. Norbert built the couple’s retirement home in Ionia with help from family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, woodworking and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Norbert was a member of St. Boniface Church in Ionia, Catholic Order of Forresters and the American Legion. Norbert is survived by his sons, Roger (Marlene) Blocker of Hampshire, IL and Dale (Shari) Blocker of Ionia; his daughters Diane Blocker and Sharon (John) Gordon, both of Des Moines, IA; his five grandchildren, Jason and Sara Gordon, Scott and Ryan Blocker and Missy Hackman; one brother, Virgil (Joan) Blocker of Dubuque, IA; his great-grandchildren, Mya, Max, Liam, Olivia, Logan, Madelyn and Sierra; as well as two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Alice in 2003. Cemetery: Burial will follow the funeral mass at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia. Military rites will be provided by the New Hampton American Legion Post #38 and the New Hampton VFW Post #5238. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Ionia Funeral Home with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:30pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Norbert at 10:30am on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.