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Norbert Edwin Holst

June 15, 1925 ~ November 10, 2020 (age 95)


Norbert Edwin Holst was born on June 15, 1925 to LeRoy and Elsa Holst. He grew up on a farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse south of Lake City. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1943. Norbert married Donna Mae Heitmann on September 11, 1946 at the Bear Valley Lutheran Church parsonage. For the next few years, they lived in Oak Center; Zumbro Falls; Modena, WI; Austin; Lake City; Goodhue as Norbert did various jobs to support his family. Norbert and Donna have three children: Norbert Gene, Duane Lee, Debra Mae. Norbert and Donna moved from Goodhue to Rochester in 1954 and lived there until they moved in 1971 to Pueblo West, Colorado. In the Fall of 1979, they moved to Green Valley, Arizona. In August 2002 they returned to Lake City. Norbert was a salesman for many years selling radio and TV supplies to TV dealers when they lived in Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona. He also was a maintenance man for Green Valley Recreation. He liked to fix all kinds of things. Norbert was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Lake City. He enjoyed being with his church family. Norbert and Donna enjoyed dancing, riding their motorcycle, and traveling with their RV trailer.

Norbert passed from this life and entered his eternal home to be with his Lord on November 10 at the Lake City Care Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Arleigh, brother Carl, sister Gloria, wife Donna, son Gene, and granddaughter Nikki. Survivors are son Duane (Marcia) of Lake City, daughter Debra Smith (Dick) of Green Valley, Arizona, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren, sister, Gladys Johnson, of Old Hickory, TN., brother, Gary Holst, of Idaho Falls, ID.

There will be a private graveside service for family only. Memorials may be given to Bethany Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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