January 15, 2014


Norman Pudenz, 87, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel. Celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Con-celebrant and homilist will be Father Timothy Johnson. Music will be by Denise Nieland and Our Lady of Mount Carmel choir. Lectors for the Mass will be Jamie Pudenz and Dan Lychwick. Gift bearers will be Norman's granddaughters Caryn Barker, Beth Sullivan, Kenzie Kennebeck, Taryn Crees, Tessa Bernholtz, Tia Bernholtz, Summer Caryle and Hannah Pudenz. Eucharistic minister will be Maria Shibata. Casket bearers will be Norman's grandsons Casey Pudenz, Jared Pudenz, Calvin Pudenz, Jamie Pudenz, Matt Leonard, Marc Leonard, Cory Carlyle and Chris Carlyle. Burial will be at the parish cemetery with military honors conducted by the Breda American Legion.

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a Carroll Knights of Columbus rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church in Norman's name and will be directed to various organizations of the family's choice.

Online condolences may be left for Norman's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born April 3, 1926, Norman was a son of William and Teresa (Wiederin) Pudenz. He attended country school and then helped his family with their farm operation. On Nov. 28, 1950, he married Betty Lou Fasbender at St. Mary Catholic Church in Auburn, Iowa. Norman proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, when he was honorably discharged. The couple made their home east of Mount Carmel, where Norman was engaged in grain and livestock farming. In 1994, Norman and Betty moved into the Carroll community.

He loved farming, playing cards, music, dancing and attending sporting events. Norman was a past board member of the Carroll County Cattlemen's Association, volunteered with the Carroll RSVP group, and was also a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Breda American Legion and Carroll Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his children: Pat (Rich) Marshall of Omaha, Neb., Cheryl (Dan) Lychwick of Fort Dodge, Diane "Pudy" Pudenz of Carroll, Marlene (Mike) Leonard of Carroll, Dean (Michelle "Chico") Pudenz of Carroll, Larry (Paula) Pudenz of Auburn, Lynn Pudenz of Carroll and Carol (Jeff) Bernholtz of Estherville; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Antonette Staiert of Sac City and Sally Carroll of Florida; his brother, Leon Pudenz of Carroll; and his in-laws: Ruth (David) Fitzgerald of Pennsylvania, Jean Daniel of Carroll and Bob (Joleen) Fasbender of Carroll; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended relatives.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty Lou in 2004; his son Bill in 1986; his sister Genevieve Staiert; and his brother Art Pudenz.