The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Norris E. Sowada, age 76 of Bowlus, will be 11:00 AM, Monday, July 21, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in North Prairie.  Fr. Laurn Virnig will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Norris passed away Thursday, July 17 at his home.  There will be a visitation from 4-8:00 PM, Sunday and again after 10:00 AM, Monday at the church.  Holy Cross parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Sunday.  Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Holdingford.

Norris was born September 11, 1937 in Rice to Wensel and Pauline (Dobis) Sowada.  He married Irene Gondringer on July 19, 1980 in Avon.  Norris worked as a boiler operator, but his main passion was farming.  He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Norris is survived by his wife, Irene, Bowlus; his children, Amanda (Tim) Gunther, Bowlus; Sarah Sowada, Waite Park; Adam (Katy Shuerman) Sowada, Bowlus and two grandchildren; Maddyson and Landen.  He is also survived by his brothers, Delroy (Lillian) Sowada, Seminole, FL; Marvin (Patricia) Sowada, Columbia Heights and Edsel (Joyce) Sowada, Rice.