Nora Ylvisaker, 103, passed away at Skaalen Heritage Sunday, July 31.  She was born in Stoughton to Martin and Elise (Arneson) Bondehagen on May 25, 1919.

     Nora lived most of her life in Stoughton except for 20 years when the family lived in Neillsville.

     During her life, Nora was an excellent homemaker and mother. Her life was directed by faith and family. She was a member of the church choir, church Circle and also volunteered at the hospital. She was a member of Eastern Star, Lioness, the Country Club and a 50-year member of Sons of Norway. She particularly enjoyed hand-work, baking, playing bridge and walking with friends (usually three miles five times a week).

     Nora and her husband, Joe, enjoyed traveling to many locations in the world, including several trips to Norway, other parts of Europe, the Holy Land and Iran.

     She was always helping others. Even at Skaalen, where she was a resident for almost 11 years, she continued to find ways to befriend and help other residents, saying that God didn’t take her because there was still something for her to do. Her mind and memory were very sharp, her hearing was perfect and she could live with very little assistance until just a few months before her death.

     Nora is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Tom) Barr of Minneapolis, and Mary Zoroufy of Madison, and nine grandchildren, Jim Barr (Diane), Kathy Barr, Mike Barr (Danielle) and David Barr (Jada), Darius Zoroufy (Holly), Hussein Zoroufy (Tammy), Jeff Ylvisaker (Angela Waltz), Steve Ylvisaker and Joel Ylvisaker (Erin). She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Albert, Melvin, Esther, Karl and Ann, and husband Joseph and son Joel.

     Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington Street, Stoughton, with Rev. Richard Halom officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon in the church fellowship hall following the burial. Friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Humane Society, Porch Light and First Lutheran Church, Stoughton.

     Please share your memories of Nora by posting on her Tribute Wall at

     Cress Funeral Service, 206 W. Prospect Street, PO Box 231, Stoughton (608-873-9244).

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