Noreen N. Twite
1931 - 2021

Noreen N. Twite

The North Side of La Crosse lost a beloved friend when lifelong resident Noreen Twite, 89, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Hillview Nursing Home, after complications from a stroke.

Noreen was born Nov. 6, 1931, to parents, Les and Elvina (Vinie) Otto-Johnson. An only child, Noreen was raised in La Crosse and later graduated from Logan High School in 1949.

It was there at Logan High where she fell in love with her classmate and sweetheart, Ralph Twite, who she married two years later in 1951. Ralph and Noreen shared a happy life together filled with travel, music, and dancing. Their marriage resulted in two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many, many friends and loved ones.

Out in La Crosse, you were sure to find Noreen enjoying a meal with friends at Ardies or The Family Restaurant, sipping a Mt. Royal at the Ridge, or selling the ladies their makeup from Avon. Always a baseball supporter, as both her husband and stepfather played, she was a passionate fan of the Chicago Cubs and her life of support was paid off when she saw them finally win the World Series in 2016. A wonderful member, Noreen served on many committees at North Presbyterian Church and was a consistent attendee her whole life.

Noreen is survived by her children, Paula (Jim) Paulus and Guff (Lana) Twite; grandchildren, Kelley (Chris) Baer, Kara Paulus, Alison Twite, and Brandon Twite; great-grandchildren, Ava Baer and Brian Baer; special friends, Sally, Vicki, Wanda, Marci, Lunch Bunch, and many more.

Preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Everett Johnson; husband; granddaughter, Katey Paulus; special friend, Ken Garves; and all her loved pets.

If you knew Noreen, you would know she was an upbeat and fun-loving woman who had a quick wit and could always provide a sly comment or two. We love her so much and will miss her greatly.

The family of Noreen would like to extend a special thank you to the 300 staff at Hillview Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to North Presbyterian Church and the La Crosse Humane Society.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at North Presbyterian Church, 1327 N. Salem Road, La Crosse. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate and a private family burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until time of service.

Social distancing guidelines will be in effect and face masks are required.

The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

"There's a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance."

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Published by La Crosse Tribune from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2021.
Memorial service
North Presbyterian Church
1327 N. Salem Road,, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Funeral services provided by:
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes
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The Greg Otto Family
March 4, 2021
Paula and Guff so sorry for your loss. Ada was a big part of my life.
Bruce Radde
March 1, 2021
I have many fun memories of when we were young people I have to miss noreens funeral but my thoughts will be with you
Jan larkin
March 1, 2021
Awesome memories of Ada, Ralph & Twite family & also Everette Johnson. The past year was a difficult year for most, usual lines of communication were blocked due to isolation & restrictions. As we reflect on some great memories of Ada volunteering and socializing with so many wonderful friends & acquaintance. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Twite family and thank them for so many wonderful memories.
Dave Berger family
February 28, 2021
May your memories always be a comfort to you. RIP, Ada.
Nancy Larkin
February 27, 2021
Paula & Guff, my sincere condolences. Tom Fuchs
Tom Fuchs
February 27, 2021
Paula and Guff I am so sorry for your loss, your mom was the most Wonderful person I knew. I loved her so dearly. I have such fond memories of when we worked together at the drug store downtown. I named my daughter after you Paula your mom was just like a mom to me. You and your family are in my prayers...Linda
Linda Pierce
February 26, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. She truly was a grand lady. Our hearts are full of a thousand memories. RIP Ada
Jeff and Jan Marson
February 25, 2021
noreen was a special person. sorry for your loss.
len vingers
February 25, 2021
Condolences Paula and Guffy and family. I have fond memories of Noreen and all our family picnics growing up. She will be missed! Cousin Greg.
Greg Otto
February 24, 2021
To Paula and Guff, sorry for your loss with deepest sympathy
Pat Thorsen
February 23, 2021
Prayers for your family. Norseman was a lovely, gracious lady
Audrey Penner
February 23, 2021
J.Pederson and A. Weig Family
February 23, 2021
Sincere sympathies. May she rest in God's peace,
Scott Hendrickson & Pam Mueller
February 23, 2021
Guff & Paula, please know you are in my prayers. (I have an idea of how you feel, we lost Mom last month). I always enjoyed running into your Mom. She made me laugh every time. That sideways way of making a comment was classic! Always upbeat and full of energy! She will be missed. So many dances, so many ballgames. Now the foursome (Ralph, Norden, Jim & Barb) can toast to being together again.
Karen Walsh Ritter
February 23, 2021
So sorry Guff and Paula your mom was a 2nd mom to me she will always have a place in my heart
Dave Larkin
February 23, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to all. Had so many memorable lunches with Noreen. Always fun and lots of laughter! Hope time and precious memories ease your pain.
Cathy and John Pederson
February 23, 2021