Norma C Buckley

norma buckley
Norma C. Buckley, age 92 of Elma, IA passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. Visitation for Norma will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Norma Clara was born February 2, 1927 to Charles Sr. and Clara (Knippling) Boyle on the family farm near Elma, IA. She attended country school and graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Elma. On June 27, 1944, Norma was united in marriage to Garland Buckley at Immaculate Conception Church. Together, the couple farmed in the Elma area all of their married years. After Garland’s death, Norma remained on the farm. Norma was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pro Life supporter, and “Our Evening Out” through Howard County Extension Office. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, farming and conservation. She had an artistic flair for sewing, crocheting, and quilting. Her dog, Oskar, was her faithful companion in her later years. Her family was her pride and joy! Norma will be deeply missed by her children, Thomas (Kathryn) Buckley of Elma, Patricia (Paul) Hibbs of La Crosse, WI, Jane (Jim) Wood of Eldora, IA and Paul Buckley of Elma; her grandchildren, Amy Buckley, Chad (Shelley) Buckley, Todd Buckley, Andrea Hall, Andrew (Lindsey) Hibbs; her great grandchildren, Miranda Buckley, Annalise Hall, Mason and Hallie Hibbs; her sister, Judy (Ron) Hillsman of Waterloo, IA; brother, John (Ardel) Boyle of Elma; sisters-in-law, Barb Boyle of New Hampton and Hazel Boyle of Elma; in-laws, Clarence Meuterthies of Lawler, Leigh (Oliver) Gunderson of Alta Vista, and Dale Meirick, also of Alta Vista; her best pal, Oskar Otto Buckley and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Garland; brothers, Patrick Boyle, Charles Boyle, Jr., and James Boyle; her sisters, Eleanor Hall, Bernice Heying, Marjorie Meirick and Madonna Mueterthies.

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  1. To all the Family, Oh my, where to start. Norma was like my second Mother growing up. If one of the Buckley kids wasn’t over at the Valvoda’s, the Valvoda kids were over at the Buckleys. We were always climbing in the trees, playing in our make believe camps in the woods, riding bicycles or riding horses. Norma would always be calling my Mom to say we were over there playing. Of course Norma always had some great treats for us. Norma had one of these best gardens around. I’ll always remember her for her beautiful gladiolus! They were enormous, or at least as a kid they were. Even after I grew up and stopped in for a visit there was no standing at the door. Come and in and sit down for a while, oh, and would you like a cookie, piece of cake or pie. Never without treats. Norma will be greatly missed. I wish I could be there to give you all hugs and share in the great memories that we will all keep near and dear.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Beverly Valvoda

  2. To the Buckley family; So sorry to hear about Norma. I enjoyed many years of knowing her. Started with playing cards with her in North Washington. Then helping her after she broke her hip and proceeded to helping her out with cleaning, gardening(pulling lots of weeds) and such. She was always busy with something when I went to her house. She would be in her sewing room working on a quilt, outside with her flowers, busy canning peaches or driving the golf cart around doing odds and ends on the farm. She was a great lady to know and know she will be missed by all of you. You are all in my prayers. Godspeed, Sharon

  3. May the memories of your loved one console you now. All my thoughts and prayers to her family. Jeanne Roder

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