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Francis Norelius Passes On at Ripe Age of 77

Francis Norelius passed peacefully away at his home Saturday evening at 7 o'clock following a short illness.
Francis Norelius was born in Isanti, Minn., on April 6, 1863. At the age of 6 years he moved with his parents to Swede Bend, Ia. In 1870 the family located in Old Kiron, later moving into Kiron which has since been his home.
He was married to Annie Bergstrom on December 12, 1889. To this union nine children were born, six of whom are living. He was preceded in death by his son, Clarence, who died in the World War in England in 1918. A daughter Elvira, passed away in 1933, and a son, Bryan, in 1934.
The family resided on the old Norelius homestead in Old Kiron until ill health made it necessary for him to give up farming. They moved into Kiron in the fall of 1929.
He had been a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church since 1934. He was interested in civic welfare, having for many years served as secretary of the Kiron Cemetery Association. He was a kind and congenial husband and father and friend. His parents were among the early pioneers and did much for the building of this community.
Surviving him are his wife, and the six children, Archie of Omaha, Nebr., Raymond of Denver, Colorado, Elizabeth, Mrs. Wes Seved of Des Moines, Grace, Mrs. M. E. Lundell, Ralph and Quinton, all of Kiron, and nine grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Betty Nordell of Galva, a brother, G. A. Norelius of Kiron and a host of friends.

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