Norbert J. Rielly, age 90, of Dodgeville and formerly of Darlington, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Atrium Post Acute Care Center in Mineral Point. Norbert was born April 1, 1928, on the family farm in Fayette Township, son of James and Myra (Johnson) Rielly.
Norbert farmed during his early years and then returned to the family farm in 1947 after his enlistment and service in the U.S. Army.
In 1962, Norbert moved to Chicago and was employed as a security officer for the Pinkerton National Security and Detective Agency. He worked on many interesting security assignments throughout his career with Pinkerton and enjoyed telling stories of his experiences.
In 1979, Norbert returned to his farmette in Fayette. To keep busy, he planted acres of strawberries and Christmas trees. Many people enjoyed the fruits of his labor by being able to pick their own strawberries and choose and cut their own tree.
In 2008, due to health problems, Norbert sold his ”farmette” and moved to Dodgeville. He enjoyed his apartment and made many good friends who were a great help to him during his illness. In Oct. of 2017, Norbert moved into the Atrium Post Acute Care Center of Mineral Point where he resided until his time of death. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville and a former member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington.
Norbert was a very religious, kind, independent, witty, and smart man. He kept up on all current events, loved visiting with neighbors and family, was the family historian, and amazed everyone with his resourceful ways. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Norbert is survived by his nieces and nephews: Jim and Kathie Hanson, Mary Ann Hanson, Bob and Pennie McCarten, Pat and Nancy McCarten, and Myra and John (McCarten) Taylor, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Marie (Peter) Hanson and Mercedes (Robert) McCarten; nephews: Jerry and Tom Hanson, Daniel McCarten, and nieces-in-law: Joan Hanson and JoAnn McCarten.
Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 104 E. Harriet St., Darlington, with Msgr. Daniel Ganshert officiating. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
The Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home in Mount Horeb is assisting the family, www.camachofuneralhomes.com.
Norbert’s family would like to thank the caring staff of The Atrium Post Acute Care Center and his two special Hospice nurses, Daneen and Patricia.