Norma Eslinger



Norma Eslinger, 73, died April 12, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, following an illness.  A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on April 27th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation occurred with burial of her ashes to be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Minot, ND on Friday, April 28th, 2023 at 11:00 AM.  A visitation will be held at Bismarck Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Norma was born October 10, 1949, to William and Marjorie (Bohlin) Eslinger.  She went to St. Leo’s Grade School, Bishop Ryan High School in Minot and two years at Minot State University.  She relocated to Bismarck where she graduated from Bismarck State College with an AA Degree. Her career took her to the Department of Transportation in Bismarck working in the Legal Department for seven years; Democratic-NPL State Headquarters for one campaign; ND State Tax Department; NCDC; ND State Health Department and to Montana Dakota Utilities Co. retiring after 30 years with the Utility.  She was most proud having worked with four President & CEOs of the Utility.

Norma was blessed with a daughter, Kristin L. Larson.  Kristin is not only a great daughter, but a friend, confidant, supporter, and herself a great mother.  Norma enjoyed spoiling her grandsons, Samuel, and Thomas.  She always treasured the many bike rides and late night pizza trips to Super Value with Thomas and showering Samuel with PEZ when they were little. She followed their lives as they grew into adulthood.  She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, and the Oncology Department at Sanford.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Norma is survived by her daughter Kristin (Larry) Larson; her grandchildren, Samuel Larson and Thomas (Adair) Murdoch; great grandson Xander Murdoch; great grand-daughter Mira Murdoch; two brothers, George (Kay) Eslinger of Bismarck and Paul Eslinger of LaFayette, Colorado; one sister, Renee (Tom) Caswell of Park City, Utah; several nieces and nephews; and many great friends.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, William & Marjorie; and nephew Jered.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to donate to the Jered Eslinger Nursing Scholarship at the University of Mary or a charity of your choice.

A livestream of the service will be on the Good Shepherd Facebook page.

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I’m going to miss you Norma. You’ve been a true friend for over 40 years. I’ll always treasure our time together, at work, out for a cocktail or traveling. You will always hold a special place in my heart.
Wanda Benz

Norma, my family and I been blessed with your friendship, hospitality and kindness for 4 decades. I will always be grateful for your recommending our family to take your place in the Mandan duplex when you moved across the river. .Thank you for leading us to Bertie and Jack Kroh, world’s loving and greatest daycare providers, just a few houses down the street:)
Over the years, as each of our lives changed, but luckily we continued to see each other at Good Shepherd. Kristin, your Momma loved you and was so proud of you and her grandsons:) To Norma’s siblings, my deepest sympathy. Bill and my father were Amoco friends for many years.
In Peace and Friendship,
Cheryl Moe and Family,
the Olson Boys, Erik, Anders and Thor

What a nice lady. We rent the apartment she was in on 2nd St 27 years ago. After talking with Norma I found out she was George’s sister, who I knew from Trinity. I ran into her a couple times after that. So nice. May God be with you all.
Kirsten (Gebhardt) McIntyre

I remember Norma as a happy upbeat lady no matter the circumstance. I enjoyed knowing her and consider her a friend. RIP.

So many fond memories of Norma … her contagious laugh, her heart-warming smile and her ability to make everyone feel welcomed. Simply one of the best … rest in peace dear Norma.

I remember your pretty green Camero. You looked so cool while driving. Thank you for the memories.

Norma was such a good neighbor….friendly, usually offering a fun quip to add a smile to a person’s day. There was always something to laugh about when Norma stopped to visit. We invited Norma to pick vegetables from our garden. One fall when she was offered tomatoes & cucumbers, Norma said, “I have been picking at night for a week”! We all laughed!

Norma was a gem! She was our secretary for Bis-Man Business & Professional Women’s Club for years and was always the first to volunteer! I worked with her at MDU too and the best to work with! I will always remember her infectious laugh! Rest easy Norma!

As we are driving back from Minot I’m sitting in the passenger seat thinking through some of the fun times we’ve had. Those late night pizza trips or the fun times playing around at the Ronald McDonald house, among many others.
I can speak for everyone when I say we miss you so much. Life just doesn’t feel the same without you here.
We had a nice family dinner at peacock alley the other night and we all thought about how much you would have loved it and missed having you there. We made sure to give you a nice *CHEERS!*
We will always cherish moments that we had together as a family and our kids will grow up knowing how much loved them, I will make sure of it.
Have fun having a few chocolate martinis!! Make sure to drink a few for us up in heaven! We will all be reunited again, one day. But until then *Cheers!*