Norma Jean (Folmer) Lauer passed away peacefully at Sanford Medical Center on June 12, 2017, with her husband by her side. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Charity Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Bauman officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Norma was born in Bismarck on March 16, 1951, to Violet (Smith) and John Folmer.
Norma grew up in Wing, ND. She was the third of eight children. The family would joke about how the girls had to share a bed and sleep sideways. However, the family has fond memories of each other growing up in such close quarters. She was very close to all of her sisters and brothers; she held a special place in all of their hearts.
Norma graduated from Wing High School in 1970. She started dating Darrell Lauer in high school and they were married on April 2, 1971. They had two children, Stephanie Ann, born March 27, 1972 and Bradley Dean, born April 5, 1977.
Norma was a stay at home mom while the kids were growing up, while helping Darrell with the auto repair shop that he started in 1975. She sent out all of the bills for the shop and started working in the front office at the repair shop in 1995 where she worked for many years until she retired in 2011. Norma was a great mother that always had a good homemade supper on the table every night. Everyone loved Norma’s cooking and she was best known for her strudels and her pickles.
Norma enjoyed going to the casino and she got to make a couple of trips to Las Vegas with Darrell the last couple years of her life.
She loved her kids and her grandkids very much and was very proud of everyone. She was a very generous woman who was always willing to help others out. Norma and Darrell shared some special times together. Darrell was a wonderful caregiver to Norma throughout her many health challenges.
Norma had polycystic kidney disease and received a transplant from her husband in 2003. Her kidney continued functioning through the end of her life. She was always dreading the day she would have to go on dialysis, so she never had to endure that phase. In addition to polycystic kidney disease she had various health issues that she had to deal with. We lost track, but she was easily in the hospital over 50 different times. It seems as if anything could go wrong with her health, it did, including a near-death experience back in 2011 due to sepsis poisoning after a colonoscopy. She was a very strong woman and the thing that stood out about Norma is she never complained about all of her challenges. Instead, she took what was dealt to her with grace. She was hospitalized on Memorial Day after becoming very ill with a blockage in her intestines. She made it through surgery well and was set to go home; however, she suffered a stroke that evening that was too large of a bleed to complete neurosurgery.
Norma is survived by her husband of 46 years, Darrell, her daughter Stephanie, son Bradley (Tammy), grandchildren Kierra, Isaac, Macy, and Leia; son-in-law, Randy Barth, her siblings Sharon (Bernie) Brusven, Linda (Bob) Bucholz, Versie (Randy) Rau, Joey (Steve) Harrington, Kevin (Deb) Folmer, Christie Leno, and Steve Folmer; her father-in-law and mother in-law Melvin and Doris Lauer; siblings in-law Melva Kramlich, LeAnne Schlafman, Keith (Brenda) Lauer, and Kevin (Candy) Lauer and many nieces and nephews and many special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Violet Folmer.