Norma Ohrmund - December 09, 2010
Norma Elizabeth (Sobotka) Ohrmund, 80, of Imperial died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at the Chase County Community Hospital.
Norma was born on July 6, 1930 at the family home in Inman, Neb. She was born to Charles Sobotka and Rose Elizabeth (Finkral) Sobotka. Norma attended Inman Grade School and High School and graduated in 1947. She then attended teachers college at Wayne State University where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught in a traditional one room school house in District 47 and District 192 until she married.
She married Lyle William Ohrmund at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill, Neb. on July 7, 1951. To this union two daughters were born.
Their first home was in Atkinson, Neb. but in 1953 they moved to rural Cherry County where Lyle was employed in ranching out of Brownlee and later out of Seneca. Besides, being in charge of keeping the ranch hands fed, Norma also worked for a time as a teller in the bank in Seneca, Neb.
In 1962 she and Lyle moved to southwest Nebraska when Lyle was hired as an inspector for the Nebraska Brand Committee. Norma was a fulltime homemaker, wife and mother but still found time to work for the county sheriff’s department as a dispatcher for a while, as well as on the counting board during elections. The rest of Norma’s “spare” time was filled with her many and varied duties for the St. Pat’s Altar Society, the Grant Deanery, LCCW and her Far & Wide Extension Club. She was active on not only the local, but also the state levels in many officer positions for these organizations.
Norma also volunteered countless hours sponsoring many of her girls’ activities such as Girl Scouts, band and FHA trips. One of the things Norma was perhaps best known for was her culinary skills, especially when it came to baking. Never was it to be said that anyone left the Ohrmund household with a hungry tummy.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ervin Sobotka; her husband, Lyle; one nephew, David Gatton; and son-in-law, Mark Cahow.
Norma is survived by her daughters, Brenda Cahow of Imperial and grandson, Samuel; and Lisa Kerchal and husband, Rory, and grandsons, Tyler, Tanner and Tyrel of rural Wauneta.
Funeral mass was held Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial, Neb. at 10 a.m. with Father Bernard Lorenz officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Cathy Howard and soloist was Mr. Ron Moritz.
Casketbearers were Tyrel Kerchal, Tyler Kerchal, Tanner Kerchal, Samuel Cahow, Lynn Rinehart and Steve Pollmann.
A Christian burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
A memorial has been established in her name toward the St. Patrick’s new church hall.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.