Funeral Services: Will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Massena United Methodist Church in Massena. Interment will be in the Massena Center Cemetery. Pastor Dan Wiebesiek will officiate the service. Refreshments will be served at the church following the services at the cemetery.
Visitation: Will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, at the Steen Funeral Home in Massena from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorials: May be directed to the Massena United Methodist Church or the Massena Public Library, c/o Donna Waters, 210 West Cedar Street, Massena, Iowa 50853.
Norma Nell Shields was born on August 23, 1922, to Frank and Eva (Hosfelt) Wickey in Massena, Iowa. Norma died peacefully at the Corning Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Corning, Iowa, where she had been a happy, well loved resident for the past five years.
Norma grew up on a farm near Massena, Iowa, with her six siblings, graduating from Massena High School in 1939. She attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska, and married Warren in 1940. After World War II, they raised four daughters in Massena, Iowa, until 1961 when they moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they lived and worked for almost 30 years. Norma was especially proud of her 26 years as a secretary for an elementary school in the Lewis Central School District.
Norma moved back to Massena after Warren's death where she spent another 18 years as an active member of the community and of the United Methodist Church, supporting the school's sports teams, traveling and volunteering.
She was preceded in death by beloved husband of 50 years, Warren L. Shields; son-in-law, Richard P. Kill; grandson, Douglas R. Waters; granddaughter, Angela M. Fountain; and great granddaughter, Rebekah L. Dvorak.
She is survived by daughters, Donna (Ken) Waters of Massena, Iowa, Pamela Coffin of Ely, Minnesota, Cynthia (Lee) Haug of New Market, Iowa and Debra (George) Barelos of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.