Barbara E. Norgaard, age 85, passed away April 4, 2023 at Bethany Riverside Nursing
home in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Barbara was born on September 6, 1937 in the back of the family grocery store in
Valley Junction, WI to Lawrence E and Hulda Churchill. She was a graduate of Black
River Falls High School, class of 1955. After schooling, she worked at the Wisconsin
Conservation Department in Black River Falls.
On June 21, 1958, she married David C. Norgaard of Melrose, WI where they settled, raised their family and worked at Norgaard Insurance Agency. In 2020, David and Barbara moved to La Crosse
Barb enjoyed photography, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, reading, and singing in Sweet
Adelines. In high school, she enjoyed playing flute and cello. She was active in choir,
theatre and band. Barb was active in her church activities including choir, bible studies,
lay speaking and Bible Study Fellowship.
Barb is survived by her husband David of 65 years; son John (Jane) Norgaard of
Melrose, WI and daughter Lauren (David) LeBlanc of Black River Falls, WI. She was
always proud of her grandchildren Jaclyn Smith of Holmen, WI, J Erik (Kasia) Norgaard
of Plover, WI, Averi (Jordan) Talburt of Kilauea, HI, Alyson (Jordan) Ogren of Winona,
MN, Andrew Clement of Cornell, WI, Alex Dechant of Eau Claire, WI and Austin
Dechant of La Crosse, WI, six great-grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, Barb is preceded in death by her brother Larry (Iris) Churchill of
Mayville, WI and other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with a memorial service beginning at
1:00 pm on Monday, April 10, 2023, at the Torgerson Funeral Home, 408 N. Water
Street, Black River Falls, WI. Burial will be at a later date. The family would like to thank
the staff of Bethany Riverside Nursing Home for their dedicated compassionate care.
Donations may be made to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association or Bethany Riverside
in Barb’s memory.
To leave words of comfort, encouragement, or condolences please visit
http://www.torgersonfh.com. The Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls is serving the