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Norma Elaine Short Thorson, age 83, of Durand, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Menomonie, WI surrounded by her immediate family.

She was born on December 1, 1930 in Douglas, Arizona to Tom and Era (Keith) Short. Elaine grew up on a ranch in Southeastern Arizona. When her brothers were old enough for high school the family moved to Tucson. In the summers, the family would return to their home in the Huachuca Mountains and Elaine would bring her beloved childhood pets which included her dog Hector, duck Herman, and chicken Henny Penny. In 1948, Elaine graduated from Amphitheater High School in Tucson.

After high school graduation, Elaine worked in a real estate title company office. On July 2, 1949 Elaine married John Gordon Thorson in Florence, AZ. John was stationed at the Air Force base in Tucson. They resided in Tucson until 1952 when they moved to Downing, WI to become farmers. Elaine and John were blessed with 6 daughters; Julia, Barbara, Kathleen, Janet, Kristine and Kelly. While living in Downing, Elaine was active in 4-H and started the Midway Meadow Larks 4-H club. She was also an avid square dancer and belonged to the Pairs & Squares Club in Menomonie. Elaine and John farmed in Downing until 1985 when John retired and they moved to Durand, WI. After moving to Durand, Elaine worked in the Pepin County Extension Office, did volunteer work for the School District of Durand, and worked as a census worker.

Elaine enjoyed watching golf (especially the tournaments televised in AZ so she could see her mountains), college basketball and NFL football. She became an avid Vikings fan to the dismay of much of her family. Elaine also enjoyed her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, plastic canvas needlework and making sure the neighborhood crows were fed.

Elaine is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws; Julia (David) Link of Downing, WI, Barbara Bauer of Knapp, WI, Steve Bauer of Durand, WI, Kathleen (John) Krivitza of Cohocton, NY, Janet Thorson of Wheeler, WI, Kristine (John) Ohman of Downsville, WI, Kelly (Paul) Weiss of Wahiawa, HI. Grandchildren; Amy Nordell (Josiah Risinger) of Chippewa Falls, WI, Michael Thorson (Nancy Olson) of Clayton, WI, Patricia Thorson (Tom Hendrickson) of Menomonie, WI, John Charles Ohman of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Jacob Ohman of Downsville, WI, Katelyn Weiss and Eric Weiss of Wahiawa, HI. Great Grandchildren; Connor Risinger, Keondric Risinger, Max Jordahl, Adin Shelstead, & Evie Shelstead. She is also survived by her brother Bruce (Charlotte) Short of Redwood City, CA , sister-in-law Louise Short of Tucson, AZ, brother-in-law John Green of St. Paul, MN, & special caregiver Tara Ballad of Durand, WI along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband John Thorson, son-in-law Richard Nordell, parents Tom & Era Short, sisters Kathrine Short & Lorna Mary Short, brother Vaughn Short, along with brothers & sisters in-law; Norton & Jean Thorson, Arnold & Gail Thorson, Myrtle & Edwin Carlson, Evelyn & Harry Hanson, Henry Thorson, Harry Thorson, Grace & Rodger Vance, Alice & Arden Larson and Anna Green.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Rucker Cemetery in Cochise County, AZ.

The family is being assisted by Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI.