Aug 24, 2011

Dave Noren Memorial

On Monday, August 22, 2011, and exactly one year from the date that Dave Noren passed away, some of Dave's family members and friends got together at the Water's Edge Golf Course in Worth, Illinois to reminisce and pay tribute to a great friend and all around nice guy. There were 14 of us who played golf starting at 12:00 and then another 35 who came to have dinner at about 5:00. The golf course is very nice; some challenging holes and very scenic; who'd have believed it could be right in the middle of Worth, Illinois? And the club house has a good menu with very reasonable prices, too.

We couldn't have asked for a better golfing day and we had the outdoor veranda for dinner all to ourselves which made for a truly beautiful evening. We had a nice view of a lake and watched the sun set in the west. Andy Noren provided some door prizes which were all connected to Dave's life; i.e., his love for movie theater candy, his passion for a good cup (s) of coffee, his constant search for thee 'worst' movie ever made (I can attest to that, being a charter member of Dave's "Bad Movie Club") as well as other areas of Dave's interests.

Our EMPEHI classes were represented by myself, Marlene Walko and Tom Paxson as well as Andy Noren, Carol Noren and some classmates of Andy's from the class of 1972. Dave's church was well represented by Pastor Sandberg and 25 congregation members. During dinner conversations centered on some really great Dave Noren stories and everyone was in agreement that we lost a truly one-in-a-million individual.

So Dave, thanks for looking out for us by helping to provide such a great weather day and evening, (even though I know you couldn't stand the sport of golf, we all knew you were there in spirit) and know that you'll be in our thoughts for a long time to come. Maybe some day when we meet in the hereafter, I'll try to teach you the finer points of, note, I said "try".

Dennis Carlson,
Class of 1967


Well, what a nice thing to do, Dennis, and I'm as sure as I can be that Dave was there with you smiling and yearning to all get out that he could lay ONE MORE line on you all. I'm also sure it mattered not-at-all that this affair took place at a golf course. The mere fact that it took place at all was a great tribute to a great person, and if you all enjoyed the day of golf only added to the day. Heck, if he was unhappy about the scene, I'm sure he would have rained on your parade, shall we say!!!! LOL

So glad you pulled together to remember and honor your friend and family member. What more could any of us ask for but to be remembered fondly after we are gone. Thanks for sharing this with us all, Dennis.

Joan P. '66

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives! Maya Angelou

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