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Norma Blakely

June 19, 1940 — August 30, 2021

Norma Blakely age 81 formerly of the Dunning area, passed away August 30, 2021, at the Brookestone View in Broken Bow, NE.

Funeral services for Norma Blakely will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 10:00 am at St Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo, NE with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Interment will be in the St. Anselm’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Anselm’s, St. Joseph’s, or Sacred Heart of Omaha Catholic Churches. A rosary service will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00 am at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church. A visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at

Norma Jean was born June 19, 1940, in Omaha, NE to Paul and Gertrude (Thomas) Sorsensen. She grew up in the Omaha area attending and graduating from the Sacred Heart Catholic High School.

Norma married Lowell Blakely on November 18, 1961. After leaving Omaha they relocated to Dunning where the couple raised their family and helped Lowell with other chores around the ranch. Norma worked for McMullen Propane, Dunning Schools, babysat, and did cleaning. She enjoyed watching Husker football, crocheting, and going on trips to the Rosebud Casino. Norma’s strong faith got her through the deaths of Lowell, her daughter Janelle, and her fight with cancer. Norma moved to Liberty Square in Broken Bow after the death of her husband. She enjoyed going to Dairy Queen, and walking.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Gertrude Sorsensen, husband Lowell, daughter Janelle Blakely, and brothers Don and Bob Sorsensen.

Norma is survived by her children Janet Blakely of North Platte, Janene Fournier of Denver, CO, Bob (Monica) Blakely of Anselmo, and Brian (Carly) Blakely of Kearney, four grandchildren: Lilli, Maizy, and Stella Blakely, and Jake Fournier, two Step grandchildren: Koby (Katie) Huhman of Merriman, and Kyle Huhman and special friend Baily Kirkpatrick of Broken Bow.

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