Nora Nurre

July 24, 1949 – Oct. 19, 2019

Nora Nurre, 70 of Des Moines, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. She suffered a stroke while vacationing in Santa Fe, N.M.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 4, at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines, with the Rev. Greg Leach presiding. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Private inurnment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Whittemore, Iowa.

Nora Helen Nurre, daughter of Leo and Eileen Walsh Nurre, was born July 24, 1949, along with her twin brother, Neil, in Estherville, Iowa. Her family lived in Bancroft, Iowa, where Nora attended grade school at St. John’s Catholic School. In 1959, her family moved to Whittemore, where she attended St. Michael’s grade school and then Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, Iowa. She graduated in 1967.

Following graduation, Nora attended La’ James College of Hairstyling in Mason City, Iowa, and she worked as a beauty operator in Mason City. She then moved to Des Moines and was employed at Equitable Insurance Company, Master Builders and The Embassy Club. During these years, Nora continued her education, taking college courses at night, and eventually earned a Master of Business degree from Drake University in Des Moines. After receiving her degree, Nora was employed in the insurance industry and retired from The Principal Group of Des Moines. Following retirement, Nora was an active volunteer in the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) until the time of her death.

She is survived by her siblings, Joan (Gary) Smidt of Titonka, Iowa; Jim (Nancy) Nurre of Fishkill, N.Y.; John Nurre of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Anita (Jim) Sammon of Beaver Dam, Wis.; twin brother, Neil Nurre (special friend, Jan Cherrington) of Mankato, Minn.; Ellen (Dan) Driscoll of Shorewood, Minn.; and Alice Nurre of Clear Lake, Iowa. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Gary Harm of Redwood City, Calif., and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Nora was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol Harm; niece, Janette Nurre; nephew, Michael Harm; great-niece, Jill Fehr; and brother-in-law, Jim Johnson.

Nora was a very giving and generous person, always putting others before herself. She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Hamilton’s Funeral and After Life Services was in charge of arrangements.

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