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February 16, 1918 - February 17, 2014
Norma Hedberg, 96, of Salem died Monday, February 17.
Norma was born in Three Forks, Montana to John and Layannah Leek. In 1921 the family moved to a farm in Woodburn, where she grew up. She attended Willamette University for two years before transferring to Wheaton College, graduating with a degree in Christian Education. In 1941 she moved to Seattle where she met and married Chester Hedberg. She lived in Seattle while Chester served in World War II. They moved to Salem in 1949 where Norma began her teaching career. She taught at Salem Academy for twelve years and South Salem High School for eight years. She also taught classes at her church for many years. She retired from teaching in 1972 and joined Chester in their business, Salem Office Supply, until their retirement in 1983. Although they spent many winters in Arizona and California, they remained in Salem near their children and grandchildren for their remaining years.
Even though Norma was a quiet and gentle soul, many agree that she had a powerful, positive, influence on many young people through her teaching career.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, who died in December of 2009. She is survived by her two sons, LeRoy Hedberg (Nancy) and Alan Hedberg (Mary), by five grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 2pm Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Keizer Funeral Chapel, 4365 River Road N., Keizer, Oregon. Remembrances may be made to Salem Academy Christian Schools in the name of Norma Hedberg.
Keizer Funeral Chapel
4365 River Road North
Keizer, OR 97303
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 22, 2014