Date of Birth: January 30, 1932
Date of Death: May 20, 2020
Norma Mae Pedersen Risvold Zeeb died peacefully at her home in Phoenix, Arizona May 20, 2020. Norma valiantly faced cancer for over 20 years and believed every day was a gift. She encouraged everyone to drink 8 cups of green tea and practice the Budwig cancer diet recognizing that these two major lifestyle changes played an integral role in her longevity. Norma was born January 30, 1932, in Alta (Washington Township), Iowa. Since birth Norma’s zest for life was apparent to all. She lived in the moment and relished life fully by seeking out adventures and challenging mores. Being an inquisitive child, Norma’s father taught her how to cultivate a field, milk cows, and break horses. Her pastoral childhood was idyllic and loving. Norma’s adventurous spirit continued in her adult life. Upon graduating from Buena Vista College with a degree in elementary education she married Stanley B. Risvold. As newlyweds, they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. The young couple explored the “Last Frontier” while Stanley served our country during the Korean War. They returned to Iowa and raised four children. Norma continued to teach during this time serving schools in the Buena Vista and Clay County area. Norma’s personal journey for independence and adventure took her to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Norma’s entrepreneurial spirit shone as the owner of the Silver Cache Gift Store. The next leg of her journey included moving to Arizona in the 1990’s to be near her parents and the sunshine. Norma discovered her talent of remodeling homes for resale in the Sun City, Arizona region. Norma enjoyed this endeavour and always accredited her success to her strong will and inheriting her father's good business sense. Nothing gave Norma more pleasure than spending her summers at her lake home in Clear Lake, Iowa and being with her four grandchildren. This devoted grandmother attended countless extra curricular activities and loved to make her grandchildren midnight snacks during their joyful sleepovers. Norma was a beloved mother and grandmother whose wisdom, grace, and independence will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her. She is preceded in death by her father, Russell Pedersen; mother, Mavis Anderson Pedersen; sister, Arlene (Tootie) Pedersen Johnson Gray, nephew Eldon Johnson; and granddaughter Lauren Jade Vikturek. Prior to her death Norma shared how she was looking forward to being reunited with these loved ones. Norma will be deeply missed by her immediate family: daughter, Denise Risvold Vikturek, spouse David, granddaughter Aubrie Vikturek Kohlhas, spouse Joseph, and Great-Grandchildren Harvey and Zinnia; daughter Rhonda Risvold Hasen; son Robert Risvold and spouse Robert Beale; and daughter Lorna Risvold DiMarco, spouse Nick, and grandsons Nicholas DiMarco and Antonio DiMarco.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Norma requested that there not be a public service. She was adamant about not jeopardizing anyone’s health. When her immediate family can safely gather, a private remembrance will be held.
In lieu of flowers, Norma requested that donations be made in her memory to support civil liberty and social justice issues she so fervently supported (Black Lives Matter, Biden for President campaign, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberty Union, One*n*Ten, or any local hospice service so all people can receive the quality of care she was given).