In Memory of Norman Moshou

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Wednesday July 14, 2021
Old Ptaceks Event Center
1449 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

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Norman A. Moshou, age 97 of Prescott, WI and formerly of Minneapolis, MN, passed away on July 3, 2021. Norman was born June 9, 1924 in Minneapolis, MN to Scarlatos and Martha (Bruge) Moshou. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School, with the Class of 1942. Norman enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps. After serving his country, Norman furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, where he studied Architecture. He was united in marriage to Mary McFarland. Their lives were blessed with three children, Martha, Janice and David.

Entrepreneurial minded from a young age, Norman had great interest in real estate and land development. While living in Minneapolis, Norman was instrumental in building multi-unit apartment complexes and numerous homes. He also owned the distinguished Diamond Lil’s Club in Minneapolis.  In the early 1970’s, Norman moved to Prescott, WI, where he purchased a farm along the river at an auction from the Jacques family.  It was there that he began development of the Riverwood, Whitetail, and Oak Grove Heights subdivisions. Norman also rebuilt and operated the Lil’ Heifer in Prescott, where Muddy Waters is located today. Norman also owned and operated the N.C. Bennett Lumber Company in Minneapolis during this time. On November 30, 2012, Norman married Deborah Thompson. Together, they shared many sweet memories, and enjoyed spending winters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Outside of work, Norman loved to golf and was a member of the Clifton Highlands Golf Club in Prescott and Continental Golf Club in Scottsdale. In younger years, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Norman was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church.  He was also a member of the Zuhrah Shrine and Masonic Lodge in Minneapolis, as well as the American Legion and Masonic Lodge in Prescott.  He was especially proud of his Greek heritage. Admired and well respected, Norman will be remembered for being generous, loving, wise, authentic and kind. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Norman will remain in the hearts of his wife, Deborah Thompson, and her son Jeffrey (Nancy) Gernand; his daughters, Marti Naslund of Golden Valley, MN and Janice (Richard) Voss of St. Paul, MN; his son, David Moshou of St. Louis Park, MN; as well as other dear relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Norman Moshou will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 14 at the Old Ptacek’s Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road in Prescott, WI 54021. Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 61 will follow the service. A reception and luncheon will then follow. A private family burial will take place at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Memorials honoring Norman Moshou may be directed to a Veteran’s organization, the American Heart Association, or to an organization of the donor’s choosing.

Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott, WI. 715-262-5404.

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  • When I met Norman Moshou in 1957 I was in dire need of an apartment. Maybe it was that we had both served in the Air Force, but we seem to hit it off right away. When I told him that I could not afford the $125 a month unit he had available, he cut the rent in half and offered me a caretaker job. He said he would teach me everything I needed to know. And he did. He thus made it possible for my wife and I and our six month old daughter to settle in Minneapolis where I was to start as a writer for the Minneapolis Tribune. He soon offered me the nearby Carriage House he had occupied and later a nice apartment in a new apartment building. Knowing him was one of the best things that could have to happen to me in my early years in Minneapolis. When we met, I was 27 and he was only 33. He was understanding, kind and very generous with whatever he had to offer. I am sure others feel the same way about him.
    Thank you, Norman for being there when I needed you the most.

  • I will miss Norm in Arizona, he was such an interesting person, Deb my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Rest In Peace Norm.

  • Sending heartfelt Prayers & my Deepest Sympathies to the family.
    Norm was such a wonderful man & fun to be around. So sad to hear of his passing, he will be greatly missed.
    Rest in Peace Norm.