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Marvin Norenberg

Jul 12, 2011

Marvin “Marv” Ronald Kay Norenberg passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana, Calif. He was 85. The cause was complications from heart disease.

Marv was born in Rugby, N.D., and spent his early childhood on the family wheat farm in North Dakota. In high school, he proudly helped his father after school and on the weekends at the Sunkist Co. in Riverside, Calif. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran who saw combat both in the Pacific Theater in WWII and in the Korean War. Shortly after completing his military stint, Marv was recommended for a job with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Water & Power, where he had an extensive and successful career, retiring at the age of 52.

Marv settled in Sugarloaf, Calif., after retirement and married his loving wife, Ann. He became widely known in the area for his square and round dancing. He helped organize and teach classes with the Dancing Bears Square Dance Club for many years, and traveled throughout the state representing the club. Marv also liked to camp and fish the lakes, rivers and creeks of the High Sierras and Big Bear areas. He enjoyed playing cards, eating s’mores, and being surrounded by family and his many good friends.

In his later years, Marv liked to watch the birds and other mountain critters, and watch sports and “Dancing with the Stars” on TV. He also enjoyed listening to good music from “our era,” he often said.

He is preceded in death by his German-born father, Albert Norenberg, his mother, Viola Norenberg, and his stepgrandson, Eric.

Besides his wife of more than 30 years, Marv is survived by his younger brother, Lowell, four daughters, one stepdaughter, one stepson, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

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