Madison--Ann K. Norsetter, age 95, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Oakwood Village West in Madison after a brief illness.
She was born in Poca, WV on January 24, 1919 the second of seven children born to Charles and Eliza Persinger.
Ann graduated from Poca High School in 1937, where she was class valedictorian and winner of an academic scholarship. Following graduation, with financial assistance from her sister, Jan, she attended and graduated from Charleston (WV) General Hospital School of Nursing, where she was the top student in her class.
Ann enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1941, and rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. It was while she was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, in that she met her future husband, Irvin M. Norsetter of Madison WI. Irvin was a Sergeant in the Air Force, and was hospitalized at Billings Hospital, where Ann nursed him back to health. They married on June 27, 1942.
After leaving the service, Ann and Irv went to Madison, where she worked at Madison General Hospital until they started a family.
She is survived by her 5 children, John (Rhonda), Mary Benson (Barry), Jan Norsetter (Jon Sutcliffe), Bill (Jan), and Jim; 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, John Persinger (Sue); many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Irv; sisters, Mary, and Jan (Bill Pring); and brothers, Bill, Charles A., Jr., and Jim.
Ann came from humble roots and touched all she met with her kindness and humility. She was smart, energetic, easy-going and very talented. She played many roles in her long life, including loving daughter and sister, nurse, wife, single mom, working mom, chef par excellence and the best mother 5 kids could ever hope for.
Ann was a woman of deep faith, and used Christian teachings to guide her life. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for over 70 years.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, May 26 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2670 Milwaukee Street, Madison. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Oakwood Village West, The American Red Cross, or UW-Madison School of Nursing.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Oakwood Village West, and Dr. Elizabeth Trowbridge and her staff for their dedicated care.