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February 8, 2018 Norma E. Nisly
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1938 - 2018

Norma E. Nisly, 79, of Kalona, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City following her battle with cancer. A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Sunnyside Conservative Mennonite Church in Kalona, with Pastors Floyd Helmuth and John King officiating. Burial followed at the Fairview Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Teresa Nisly’s work with refugees.

Norma Elaine (Ropp) Nisly was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Solomon and Vesta (Yoder) Ropp. She graduated from Iowa Mennonite School and attended Eastern Mennonite College and the University of Iowa. Norma was united in marriage to Harley Nisly on July 27, 1962, at the Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Kalona. Norma taught at Sarasota Christian School for two years and was a substitute teacher in Hartville, Ohio.

In 1983, Norma and Harley started Nisly’s Painting and she worked with Harley until her health prevented it in 2015.

She was a charter member of Sunnyside Mennonite Church where she was active in the sewing group and as a teacher of Sunday school and vacation Bible school. She and Harley were camp directors at the church camp as well as youth sponsors.

Norma enjoyed traveling, quilting, camping, horseback riding, birds, and flower gardening. She was a gracious hostess that loved to have people in her home for social gatherings.

Survivors include her husband: Harley of Kalona; four children: Michael (Connie) Nisly of Minnesota, Jenell (Weldon) Shrock of Ohio, Julie (Brian) Mast of Illinois, Randy Nisly of Ohio; 19 grandchildren: Nathan (Rosetta) Nisly, Teresa Nisly, Anita (Darrel) Plank, Katrina (Chadwick) Beiler, Crystal (Dale) Thomas, Kendra Nisly, Caitlyn Nisly, Brooke (Scott) Swartzentruber, Brittany Shrock, Krista Shrock, Greg Shrock, Seth Mast, Abigail Mast, Sean Mast, Chloe Mast, Trig Mast, Alyssa Nisly, Cameron Nisly, Bryce Nisly; four great-grandchildren: Latasha Nisly, Ethan Nisly, Alex Nisly, Jennica Nisly; three brothers: Emil (Erma) Ropp of Kalona, Morris (Norma) Ropp of Alabama, Paul (Marlene) Ropp of Florida; and one sister: Cora (Levi) Miller of Ohio.

Preceding Norma in death were her parents; four brothers: Herman, John, Leroy and Wesley Ropp; and two sisters: Cleora Yoder and Anna Mae Miller.

Peterseim Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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