Norma Jean Hanten was born March 4, 1927, at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell, to Peter and and Kathryn (Kieffer) Mohnen. She attended country school south of White Lake and graduated from White Lake High School in 1944. She attended Notre Dame College in Mitchell and taught in rural schools for two years. On March 4, 1946, she married Alfred Hanten at St. Peters Catholic Church in White Lake. She was employed at the Gambles Store and the Aurora Brule Nursing Home in White Lake for 25 years.
She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She belonged to the Hit and Miss Extension Club for many years and was also a member of the Red Hat Society and Senior Citizens Center in White Lake.
Norma Jean is survived by four children: Brenda (Gordy) Brower of Mitchell; Nancy (David) Knippling of Oacoma; Roger (Teri) Hanten of White Lake; Keith (Rita) Hanten of Faulkton; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Wallace (Lucille) Mohnen of White Lake; sister-in-law, Adeline Puetz of Volga and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979, one son, Neil in 1998, two sisters: Petronella Hettinger and Eileen Greenwell and her parents.