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of Rockford, MN

October 11, 1926 – February 18, 2024

Celebration of Life

Friday, March 1, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Our Father’s Lutheran Church – Rockford, MN

Visitation

Friday, March 1, 2024

one hour prior to the service

Our Father’s Lutheran Church – Rockford, MN

Norvald Arthur Osland Jr., age 97 of Rockford, MN, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024.

Nord was born the son of Norvald Sr. & Mildred (Elg) Osland on October 11, 1926 in St. James, MN.

After serving in the Military during WWII and Korea, Nord began a long career in education. He was a high school teacher in Owatonna, MN and in Foley, MN. He was also a high school principal in Spring Valley, MN and then finally in Rockford, MN until he retired.

Nord was an avid golfer, even getting in a few holes this past year. He loved to go fishing and took many trips to NW Ontario, including his last one in June of this past year.

Nord is survived by son, David (Jennifer) Osland of Minneapolis, MN; sister, Jackie Balstad of Stillwater, MN; brother, Dennis Osland of Knoxville, TN; also many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margot; sister, Donna Gaines and brother, Owen Osland.

His family wishes to give special thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale that took such great care of him in his final days.

Celebration of Life for Nord will be held Friday, March 1, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, MN.

Interment will be at a later date in the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford, MN.

 

 

 

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Michael and Jane Peterson

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Norvald. He was my husband’s Principal when he attended school at Rockford High. I had the opportunity to meet Norvald when he was fishing in Canada. My two sons provided fishing guide services during his visits at Temple Bay lodge. He’ll be sadly missed by those who knew him.

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  2. Mary Stuckmayer

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Even though you were blessed with many long years with him I know this goodbye is very difficult. My heart goes out to all of you. Mary Stuckmayer (Brix)

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  3. Andrea Oman and Pat Billig

    We are old long-time friends of Randall Pemberton, Nord’s camping buddy in younger days. True Scouts. And Randall was his student teacher colleague. We met Nord once, but heard many illuminating stories of their adventures; always a lesson learned for those two. We had quite a few phone conversations with your dad when Randall began the final part of his life journey. And we continued those conversations after Randall died, into your mom’s final journey. A special and honorable man, like Randall, Nord. My husband, Pat, taught with Randall in the Robbinsdale district in the mid-1960s. Count your many blessings.

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  4. Anonymous

    David and family: You have my deepest sympathy.

    Being a principal is a tough job.
    I recall Mr. Osland alway being fair when dishing out punishments to my juvenile delinquent friends.
    He was always friendly to me and didn’t judge me by the friends I hung around with.
    Over the years, I have thought of him many times, and decided I would stop in to visit, to tell him I appreciated him as a principal.
    When I saw his obituary, I felt sadness because I missed that opportunity.

    With deepest sympathy,

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  5. Kay

    David and family: You have my deepest sympathy.

    Being a principal is a tough job.
    I recall Mr. Osland alway being fair when dishing out punishments to my juvenile delinquent friends.
    He was always friendly to me and didn’t judge me by the friends I hung around with.
    Over the years, I have thought of him many times, and decided I would stop in to visit, to tell him I appreciated him as a principal.
    When I saw his obituary, I felt sadness because I missed that opportunity.

    With deepest sympathy,

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