Norbert Retterath

Norbert Retterath


Norbert Anthony Retterath, 87, of Calmar, went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2020 at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, following a battle with colon cancer.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Spillville, Iowa at  1 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020. The Interment was in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Spillville, Iowa

Norbert was born on November 22, 1932 to Mike and Anna (Heimer) Retterath on the home farm near Meyer, Iowa in Mitchell County. He went to Catholic school through 8th grade in Meyer and two years high school at Visitation in Stacyville. He worked on the family farm two years and then was a cabinetmaker for K. J. Retterath in Adams, Minnesota. He worked at John Deere in Waterloo from 1960 until he retired in 1990.

He married Marian Reicks Lensing on November 28, 1987. They lived on the Lensing farm near Spillville where he built a shop and went back to cabinet making for several years.

      He is survived by his wife, Marian; Step-children: Wanda Cole, Marvin (LaDeane) Lensing, Joe Lensing, Ivan (Jackie) Lensing, Irene (Dave) Novak, Russell (Audrey) Lensing, Wanita (Bruce) Phillips, Ernie (Sherri) Lensing, Eugene (Julie) Lensing, Tammy (Darrell) Schmitt, Andy (Jill) Lensing;  Several nieces and nephews including Debra (Terry) Tetzner, Brian (Donna) Rose, Judy (Ted Burke) Rose, Russell, Kelvin, Julie, Sheila and Scott.  Brothers and sisters-in-law: Alex Reicks, Francis (Lucille) Reicks, Ardwin Reicks, Harry (Barb) Reicks, Roy (Carolyn) Reicks, Elsie Swehla, Lorraine Carlson along with numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers: Kenneth (Annabelle) Retterath and Donald (Linda) Retterath.  Sister: Dolores (Tom) Krukonis.  Stepson: Howard Lensing; Step grandson: Dylan Marquardt, plus many brother and sister-in laws.

Norbert’s family expresses their thanks to each of you for your presence and your many expressions of sympathy. 

Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Comment Here