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Norma Atkinson Spencer , Age 76

September 11, 1946 --October 17, 2022

Our hearts ache for early Monday evening, October 17th, 2022 we suddenly and unexpectedly lost Norma Atkinson Spencer at 76 years young. Norma was born on September 11, 1946 to Lyle and Dorothy Atkinson. She lived most of her childhood in and around Mauston, WI from which she graduated high school in 1964. That same year, she married the love of her life, Charles Spencer and added a son, Todd Richard. Their daughter, Sarah Melissa, was born three years later.

Norma worked throughout her whole life and was particularly proud of her time working in the Sauk County Child Support Agency and at Foley and Lardner Law where she worked as a legal secretary for a number of years. She retired early from Foley to take on her greatest role that of grandma and full-time nanny to two of her grandchildren. She referred to herself as the house manager because she was so much more than just the nanny. No words can do justice to how blessed we were with that time.

She was the most caring person in this world always doing for others. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and spectacular grandmother! She had twice the energy and get up and go as most her age. She loved her Lord Jesus Christ with every fiber of her being and was a prayer warrior for all those in need. She gave her life to Christ over 50 years ago and never swayed from that belief. She was always gently evangelizing and sharing her love of the Lord. She was friends with everyone that she met and desperately cared about each and every person. She was the rock that quietly always kept everyone happy and together. The consummate organizer and always the executive secretary no matter what role she was in at the time she was always taking care of all the details.

She loved her time as the Administrative Assistant at Community Christian School of Baraboo where she worked from 2019 2020. Her most recent job was working with the ARDC of Sauk County as the Center Manager in Baraboo for their meals on wheels program. She loved the opportunity to serve the community and particularly enjoyed working with her volunteer drivers.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Spencer, her son Todd (Lisa) Spencer, her daughter, Sarah (Kobi) Danke, five grandchildren (all of whom she loved desperately) Abby (Adam Stanton), Allyson and Charlie Spencer and Holland and Lily Danke, her two sisters, Teresa Atkinson and Ginny (Chris) Pedersen and her nephew, Sam Drake. She was intensely proud of the family that she and Chuck built. They all live on 20 acres together, a place that she referred to as her piece of heaven. It is truly a God blessed situation.

There will be a celebration of her life to be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, we are sure Norma would request that you do a kindness for someone else. She would also ask you about your salvation. She lived her life personifying Psalm 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it". She is rejoicing with her Savior today. All who knew her were better for it, most especially her family. We are grateful that God gave her to us for the 76 years that He did.


Robert Spencer October 21, 2022

Friend and cousin to Chuck Spencer Baraboo , Wisconsin

Words alone cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss of this very special lady.

Beth Goethel October 21, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Norma was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. I was one of the many blessed by her love and kindness. We are all better for knowing her and she will be missed terribly.

Cheryl Klemmer October 21, 2022

Cousin to Lisa Omro , Wisconsin

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady the little that I met her but I know she was loved by a wonderful family and many friends. God was there to meet her for sure and now she is finding ways to help others cross.

Kathy October 21, 2022

Friend of sister Ginny Sun City , Arizona

What a beautiful, loving tribute to a wonderful woman. I'm sorry I never got to meet her. She sounds like a very special lady. May you all find peace, knowing she is with her Lord and Saviour.

Tammy Shallberg October 21, 2022

Friend DeForest , Wisconsin

Deepest sympathies to you all I know this must leave a huge whole in your heart. Our Mothers and Grandmother are very special people. Sending prayers and love💕💕

Mona October 21, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

I can't begin to describe what a wonderful lady she was and how she let everyone know how special they were. Her husband and family meant the world to her. I will truly miss her. Love and prayers to you all.

Carole Borland October 21, 2022

Friend of the family Lenox , Iowa

I didn’t know Norma personally though I met her once several years ago. I felt as though I knew her through conversations with her sister Teresa. Prayers for all the family as you travel the grief journey. A wonderful tribute to Norma.

Carolyn October 21, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Her wings were ready, our hearts were not! Words can’t express the sadness I feel for Norma’s passing, I can only imagine the horrific grief her entire family is dealing with. Heaven is rejoicing knowing they have gained a very special Angel! Her wings were ready our hearts were not! Sending our thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy to all of Norma’s family!

tracy steffen October 21, 2022

friend wis dells , Wisconsin

Norma was such a blessing. She always was a prayer warrior for myself and my family. She will be greatley missed.

David & Maragret Bauman October 22, 2022

friend BARABOO , Wisconsin

So sorry Chuck many are praying for you and your family at this time of loss. God bless and comfort your hearts.

Barb Schanke October 22, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

I met dear Norma when I worked at Culver's. We would talk and she told me what she was going through as for her cancer. She was such a kind loving lady. God bless her and her dear family

Yana Zink October 22, 2022

Friend McFarland

Norma has been taking a special place in my life. She was the one who’s care and love I could feel through the distance. I am blessed to know her and her family. She is going to be missed terribly.

Lisa Perez October 22, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

My husband Jose and I met Norma through our volunteer work delivering meals for the Meals on Wheels program. She had such a friendly, welcoming demeanor that she really brightened our time there. I can't count how many times she thanked us for volunteering. She liked to compliment me when I wore purple, so perhaps it was a favorite color. Jose and I were remembering when she recently brought to work a picture in her younger days of her and her husband and how proud she was to share with everyone. My husband is still enjoying several boxes of cookies she gave to him. Last Friday, she texted to see if we were available to substitute volunteer extra the week she passed. Unfortunately, we weren't, but her last text to me said "Bless you...". That says it all about how warm a person she was to everyone around her. During these last few months, she shared frequently about her need for prayers for family. We pray for her family's loss now knowing we will all miss Norma's bright light.

Tammy Bates October 22, 2022

Friend Baraboo

Norma was a blessing to all of us! I am thankful that she was a part of my family’s lives. Her generosity and love is cherished. A beautiful ambassador of The Lord. ❤️🙏😘

Gail Tverberg October 23, 2022

Classmate in grade school and high school Kennesaw , Georgia

Norma was a blessing to everyone who met her. My sincere sympathy to Chuck and the rest of the family.

Sandy Schettko October 23, 2022

Friend Oxford , Wisconsin

Norma was a wonderful lady. Such a blessing to me and my girls. We were new to CCS in 2019. She kindly & lovingly helped me get to know anything I needed to know about CCS. I will miss her greatly!❤️ the Schettko family

Tim McCumber October 23, 2022

Friend Merrimac , Wisconsin

Our prayers go out to the whole family. Norma was a great lady and she will be missed.

David and Rebecca October 24, 2022

friend and coworker Madison , Wisconsin

A genuine joy and inspiration in every interaction. We are blessed to have known her

DeeDee Fischer October 25, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry for the loss of this beautiful lady! Praying for you and your family Chuck! Safe in the arms of Jesus!

Linda Riegle October 26, 2022

former colleague and forever friend Greenbrier , Arkansas

Chuck and family, Bob and I send our sincerest condolences for your loss of Norma. She was there for me/us many times and a blessing with her joy, laughter, and prayers.