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Nora Ylvisaker

May 25, 1919 — July 31, 2022


Stoughton – Nora Ylvisaker, age 103, passed away at Skaalen Heritage on Sunday, July 31.  She was born in Stoughton to Martin and Elise (Arneson) Bondehagen on May 25, 1919.

Nora lived most of her life in Stoughton except for 20 years when the family lived in Neillsville.

During her life Nora was an excellent homemaker and mother.  Her life was directed by faith and family.  She was a member of the church choir, church Circle and also volunteered at the hospital. She was a member of Eastern Star, Lioness, the Country Club and a 50 years member of Sons of Norway.  She particularly enjoyed hand work, baking, playing bridge and walking with friends (usually 3 miles 5 times a week).

Nora and her husband Joe enjoyed traveling to many locations in the world including several trips to Norway, other parts of Europe, the Holy Land and Iran.

She was always helping others.  Even at Skaalen, where she was a resident for almost 11 years, she continued to find ways to befriend and help other residents saying that God didn’t take her because there was still something for her to do.  Her mind and memory were very sharp, her hearing was perfect and she could live with very little assistance until just a few months before her death.

Nora is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Tom) Barr of Minneapolis and Mary Zoroufy of Madison, 9 grandchildren, Jim Barr (Diane), Kathy Barr, Mike Barr (Danielle) and David Barr (Jada), Darius Zoroufy (Holly), Hussein Zoroufy (Tammy), Jeff Ylvisaker (Angela Waltz), Steve Ylvisaker and Joel Ylvisaker (Erin). She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, (Albert, Melvin, Esther, Karl and Ann), husband Joseph and son Joel.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 12, 2022 at First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington Street, Stoughton, with Rev. Richard Halom officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon, in the church fellowship hall, following the burial.  Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of services at church on Friday.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Humane Society, Porch Light and 1st Lutheran Church, Stoughton.

Please share your memories of Nora by posting on her Tribute Wall.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

206 W. Prospect, P.O. Box 231, Stoughton

(608) 873-9244

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