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Norman E. Lukas, 92, of Abbotsford, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center in Colby where he resided since January. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Friday, June 7, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Dan Hackel will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of services at the church in Abbotsford. Burial will follow the service at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Donald Schauer, Jerry Weideman, Jason Merkel, Jim Merkel, Tim Bunkelman and Gary Viegut.

Norman was born February 3, 1921 in North Chicago to Frank and Ann (Wysocki) Lukas. He attended Abbotsford Public Schools.

He married Helen Lundahl in October 1946. She preceded him in death in July 1970. Norman farmed in the Town of Mayville. He was also the Township Supervisor for the Town of Mayville. Norman then worked as a custodian at the Abbotsford High School until his retirement in 1986.

Norman married Joyce Viegut in September, 1983, she survives.
He was a member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church.
He was an avid stamp, coin and postcard collector. Norman also enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing bingo with his friends.

Norman is survived by his wife, Joyce Lukas of Abbotsford, three children; Joanne Merkel of Lewiston, MN, Gary (Sandy) Lukas of Abbotsford and Patricia Lukas of Madison, two step-children; Patsy (Tim) Bunkelman of Abbotsford and Gary (Jody) Viegut of Abbotsford, his grandchildren: Janelle Weaver, Michelle Dungy, Jason Merkel and James “Jim” Merkel, eleven great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and one great-stepchild.

Norman is preceded in death by his parents, twin sons, one daughter and one step-daughter.

In lieu of flowers a memorial can be made to the cystic fibrosis foundation at

Maurina Schilling Funeral Home of Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made to



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