Nora Hauser

Posted 12/26/20

Nora P. Hauser passed away on Sept. 22, 2020 at her home in El Cajon, California.

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Nora Hauser


El Cajon, Cal.—Nora P. Hauser passed away on Sept. 22, 2020 at her home in El Cajon, California.

From the moment of her birth in Lee, Illinois, on Sept. 1, 1933, Nora Hauser, the daughter of Charles D. and Hallie Seelie Hauser, was someone you wanted to know. She flung herself through life. Her sister-in-law loved to tell the story of Nora riding a boy’s bike while riding up and down on one pedal. She couldn’t reach the pedals from the seat, but that didn’t stop her. She graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1951, then moved to Southern California.

In her later years, she studied genealogy and it turns out she was related to like… lots of people — Robin Hood and Charlemagne and even Henry the 8th.  She loved her mid-western roots, she loved Rochelle. You could tell because she had about 20 t-shirts that mentioned Rochelle. She would talk about the history of the city for hours on end. She would talk about the Seeleys and the Beers and the Beagles, who was related to whom and who used to live where. She talked about a Rochelle that used to be, the movie house where she had worked or the Del Monte factory where she learned to hate creamed corn. All of this was a part of her, as intricately woven into her DNA as the color of her eyes — green. 

She stayed youthful. Her friends were young. She could be sweet and loving and wise. Her family was her heart and soul — all of them, every last one, loved fiercely and sweetly and humorously. 

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph, Willis, Charles (Bob) and Joseph Hauser; her sister, Maxine Schabacker; and her parents. 

She is survived by her children, Cheryl, Karen, Ernie and Judy Bergan and Joyce Kolombatovic; her sisters, Alice Hauser of El Cajon and Frances Schabacker of Rochelle; and eight grand-children, Jolene and Kristy Jorgensen, Chad Hauntz, Shayna Fields, Anna, Nathaniel and Timothy Bergan and Hallie Eckenrode. 

We all miss her. A celebration of life will be planned for the summer of 2021.

Condolences may be sent to Cheryl Bergan, 1556 Pond View Drive, Marysville, California, 95901.