Odella "Norma" Bilau
Services for Odella "Norma" Bilau, 91, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The Revs. Steve Lund and Matt Bahnfleth will officiate with burial in the Rosehill Cemetery, rural McLean.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk.
Odella "Norma" Bilau died peacefully on June 13, 2014, at the Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Norma was born Jan. 22, 1923, near Rake, Iowa, to Nels T. and Olga (Erdahl) Hanson. After high school, she went to work in Omaha where she met her husband, Arthur Gustav Bilau. They were married on Aug. 12, 1944, in Omaha and moved to a farm near Osmond where they farmed and raised six children.
Norma and Art were members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Randolph. After her husband passed away in 1990, Norma moved to an apartment in Norfolk and joined Christ the Servant Lutheran Church. In 2012, she moved to Carter Place in Blair.
Norma was a devoted wife and mother. When she lived on the farm, she kept busy with farm chores, church functions, gardening, canning, sewing and helping at the school cafeteria.
After Norma moved to the apartment in Norfolk, she kept busy by reading, sewing and doing numerous crafts. Norma will be remembered for the many quilts that she made for family and friends.
Norma is survived by her sons, Jim Bilau of Spring Lake, N.C., Allen Bilau and wife Ruth of Blair, Leon Bilau and wife Bette of Gretna, and Paul Bilau and wife Jane of Lincoln; daughter Kathy Urbina and husband Phil of Carlsbad, Calif.; eight grandchildren;
Also 14 great-grandchildren: Chris Bilau and wife Betsy of Blair, with Casey and Lainey; Joe Bilau and wife Kelly of Kalispell, Mont., with Luke, Owen and Lizzy; Tammy Larson and husband Devin of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., with Ashley, Ally, Magdalena and Victoria; Stacy Settgast and husband Sean of Fort Gordon, Ga., with Austin and Wynter; Heather Barry and husband Pat of Omaha, with Tanner, Aubrey and Chaeli; Tony Bilau of Omaha; and Elizabeth and Ross Urbina of Carlsbad, Calif.; and brothers Tilmer Hanson of Owatonna, Minn., and Marlyn Hanson of Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Nels T. and Olga Hanson; sister Hannah Toquam; husband Arthur Bilau and daughter JoAnn Glandt.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at http://www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com/.