Obituary of Heather Jean Norgaard
NORGAARD, Heather Jean
May 8, 1942 – Didsbury, Alberta
May 18, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta
Heather, beloved wife of Rudolph Albert Norgaard of Calgary, AB, passed away on May 18, 2022 at the age of 80 years.
Heather was born in Didsbury, AB, on May 8, 1942, and grew up on the family farm and went to school in the Cremona area.
Heather went to work in Calgary at the Bank of Montreal after leaving Cremona, AB. She met her future husband at a dance near Cremona and then became the C.O.O. of their young family while Rudy was off working in remote locations in the oil and gas industry. Heather and Rudolph lived in High Level, Whitecourt, Red Deer (three times), Calgary, and eventually settled down in Grande Prairie where they lived for 29 years. Heather and Rudy went on to start an oilfield fluids filtration business that they successfully operated for 10 years before they sold it. Then, not satisfied with retirement, they started an oilfield filtration supply company for 4 years before selling it.
Heather married Rudy on August 16, 1963 in Cremona, and they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, with the original wedding party, in Sundre in August of 2018.
Heather was a member of the Saskatoon Lake 50+ Club, the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society, and proudly volunteered with for various originations including the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the Calgary Olympic Hall of Fame, the 1995 Canada Games and the STARS Ride for Life which was sponsored locally by the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society.
Heather accomplished much through her life and was particularly proud of time spent with family and friends, on a horse, on the boat, in the Jeep, on a quad, in the field, or around the kitchen or coffee table.
Heather was very creative and enjoyed leather work, Artex, ceramics, stained glass projects, canning, gardening, trail riding, reading, but most of all she was happiest when doing something in the presence of family and close friends.
Rudy and Heather’s most memorable vacations were when they were on horse back, packing and trail riding with family and friends in the mountains.
Heather will be most remembered for his generosity, her honesty, her quick genuine smile, her diverse conversational knowledge, and her hard work in personal and business life.
Heather was predeceased by her husband Rudy and her parents Ruth and Ralph Thomson. She is survived by three sons, Robert Norgaard (Calgary), Duane (Liliana) Norgaard (Calgary) & Timothy (Jennifer) Norgaard (High Prairie), three grandchildren Emily, Connor and Taylor as well as her brothers Barry (Mary) Thomson (Cremona) and Stanley Tribe (Medicine Hat). She is also survived by her sister-in law Lorraine Norgaard as well her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home, followed by graveside service at the Big Prairie Cemetery near Cremona. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca.
Please click on the below link for the cemetery information:
In living memory of Heather Norgaard, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.