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Lisa Michele Norgard

Friday, March 1, 2019 from 3:00 Pm to 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Trinity Lutheran Church


Lisa Michele Norgard (Anderson) died peacefully surrounded by her daughters, parents, and loved ones on February 18th, 2019 in Hagerstown, Maryland at the age of 53.

Lisa is survived by her parents, Dr. Emory and Mrs. Geraldine Anderson of Marstons Mills, Mass., children, Ms. Kristina Lilia and Ms. Elisabet “Betsy” Mae Norgard of Hagerstown; siblings, Dr. Philip D. Anderson his wife Sophie Broderick and their daughter, Katherine of Brookline, Mass., Mr. John E. Anderson his wife Christine Anderson and their children Cole and Nathan of South Grafton, Mass.; sister-in-laws, Barbara Norgard and her life-partner Pamela Leindecker of San Francisco, Calif, Linda Karr and husband Michael of Madison, WI.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Eric Alan Walter Norgard.

Lisa was born on June 1st, 1965 in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Falmouth High School in 1983 and went on to Luther College in Decorah, IA where she graduated with a degree in Psychology in 1987. After college, Lisa participated in Tentmakers in Minneapolis, became a Youth Director at First Lutheran Church in Rush City, MN and then worked for Lutheran Youth Encounter (LYE) in Minneapolis and eventually joined the LYE Musical Ministry Team (New Dawn) with whom she traveled to the Phillipeans and New Zealand. After completing that in late summer 1991, she lived for about 9 months with her parents who, at the time, were living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where her father was working for an intergovernmental marine science organization. After returning to the US in 1992, Lisa worked for Prudential Home Morgage in Minneapolis, MN, Source One Morgage in Madison, WI, and American Family Insurance in Madison, WI. She met Eric, who was associate pastor at Fox Point Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, and they were married in 1997. Lisa and Eric moved to Needham, Mass. where their first daughter, Kristina, was born in 2000; Lisa worked for Gersten Financial and Eric served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. The couple later moved to Sioux Falls, SD where their second daughter Betsy was born in 2002 and the family served Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church. After moving to Hagerstown, MD, Lisa began substitute teaching and later found her passion as a Para-Professional and quickly found a love for working with special education students at Paramount Elementary, Northern Middle, Marshall Street, and Eastern Elementary. Her husband, Eric, who was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, passed away in 2011 and ever since then, Lisa worked incredibly hard to make sure she and her girls, lived, loved, and led the best lives they could. She loved her girls more than anything in this world. Lisa was the Girl Scout troop leader, helped with the Band Boosters, worked as the concession stand cashier at North Hagerstown High, cheered on endless lacrosse games and cross country meets, attended art shows, field trips, band/chorus concerts, musicals and plays; everything her daughters were involved in, she was there. Lisa loved her heritage in the Scandinavian countries, especially Norway, and took her daughters on a memorable trip to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland in the summer of 2017. Lisa loved dogs and most recently often helped transport rescue dogs in the Tri-State area to help them get to good homes. 

In 2014, Lisa was diagnosed with cancer (multiple myeloma), but that did not stop her. Lisa was resilient, strong, positive, and a true force to be reckoned with; she believed she could beat it and never stopped wavering in that belief. She is remembered for her beautiful smile and soul that lit up the world and the lives of everyone she met. She was everyone’s best friend. Her kindness, openness, and accepting heart for others changed the world for good. She was an incredibly positive, helpful, caring, and compassionate mom, daughter, sister, and friend who believed she was a child of God and that He was going to take care of her. She was known for her intense positivity and outlook on life, believing that you should always look on the bright side of life and choose to be happy.

A visitation is scheduled for 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and a second session from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 1st at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD. 
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, March 2nd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Sarah Wright will officiate the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lisa's life. 
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to TracysDogs at 11765 West Avenue, #141, San Antonio, TX 78216 and/or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238. 

The family would like to thank and extend their gratitude and love to all of the people who have helped Lisa and her family over the years, especially those in the medical profession in Hagerstown, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and elsewhere who treated her. Lisa particularly loved all the staff at the John Marsh Cancer Center in Hagerstown. 

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Such a moving and lovely obituary. She certainly had much to give in her short life. My sympathy and love to you her dear family. Gods peace to you all. Rita xo

Rita Wahlstedt
Sandwich , MA

Dear Dr. Anderson, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely daughter. I live in the DC Metropolitan area and would have attended her funeral services had I seen this earlier. You may not remember me but I was among the young African Americans who worked at the Woods Hole Lab from 1977 - 1980. I worked for Marv Groslein and lived with Margaret and Karen. Again, you have my deepest condolences. My mother died a few years ago from the same disease and I’m genetically predisposed for it as well so I will be checking my status frequently and praying for the best. God Bless you and your family during these sad times and always. Sincerely, Pat Carter

Patricia Carter
Fort Washington, Maryland

Dear Emory and Geri Our thoughts and prayers are with you Her spirit will always live with in you two Brad

Brad Brown
Miami, FL

Dear, dear Lisa. My heart is so heavy right now. You were a truly good person and there are not enough people in the world like you! Why did you have to go? You always treated me with love and respect and reached out so many times with your friendship and goodness no matter what you were going through personally. I hope that you are at peace and with Eric now... My heartfelt love and support to your wonderful girls who had THE BEST mom in the world!

Anne-Marie Gandolfi
Plymouth, MA

She was positive beacon in our neighborhood. She was kind and generous to others. She will be missed greatly.

Danielle Dobbins
Hagerstown, MD

Video is a lovely tribute to Lisa.

Anne Swanson
Cotuit , MA

Sending our condolences out to Betsy and Kristina and to Lisa's parents and family members. So sorry for your loss. Frances and Vicki Harshman Members Trinity Lutheran Church

vicki harshman
hagerstown, maryland

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Karl and Kathleen von Reden
Harrisonburg, , Virginia

The death of someone you love is one of life’s greatest tragedies. Just knowing that what you’re feeling is not uncommon can be reassuring in itself. In addition, expressing, not repressing, your feelings can also help.  “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out.”​—John 5:28, 29

Memphis, Tennessee

So sorry for your loss. Lisa was just such a nice person with a remarkable attitude and faith. R.I.P. dear Lisa.

Nancy Krueger
Hagerstown, MD

I only met Lisa a few times, and I am so grateful for our meetings when she was in Norway. She was such positive, brave, caring and curious woman, so proud of her daughters, parents and heritage. It was impossible not to be smitten by her great laughter and sense of humor, and I would have loved to get another laugh with her. My deepest condolences, you are in my thoughts Dina, Emory, Betsy and Kristina.

Silje Kvalheim
Skåne, Sweden

We were neighbors for so many years on Cape Cod, Ma., and I am so saddened to hear of Lisa's passing. She was certainly a fighter to the end. I will keep the entire Anderson family and her daughter's in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this sad time. God Bless Kathy Murphy

Kathy Murphy
East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Although we did not know Lisa personally we were her neighbors and fellow walkers. We will remember her out walking her little dog and her smile and friendly waves. We are so sorry that she is no longer with you. It sounds like she lived a full life and gave her all to her family. Blessings during this difficult time.

Jeff and Jeannine Gift
Hagerstown, MD

We cannot know the Will of God: if we were able to perceive even the slightest glimpse of His Ways, we would die of ecstasy! The veil of years is gone now and this great lady is seeing and immersed within the Beatific Vision. However short, her mortal life is forever a part of the lives and hearts of all she touched with her grace and unquestioning love of Jesus. She is a treasure that enhances our continuing walk to the Lord. The Shepherd of souls gathers us together in His time and nourishes us as we worship and adore His infinite Wisdom.

Harold Edward Wills
Hagerstown, Maryland

One of my favorite memories with Lisa was going on a Girl Scout training camping trip. We trained for two days but had many laughs and long talks. We bonded our friendship that weekend. I will miss everything about her.

Catherine Thumann
Katy, TX

I just read the incredible obituary of this magnificent woman, daughter, and devoted mother. I did not know Lisa but am also a school employee. I do not use Facebook and it is rare that I post anything online but felt compelled to express my deepest sympathy to this young lady. She will be missed. If anyone needs help during this difficult time, I HIGHLY recommend the book "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg. I will pray for the family.

David Long
Hagerstown, MD

I didn't know Lisa but I read her obituary and I am so very sorry for your loss. She obviously was a remarkable person, mother and friend who all who did know her. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

Ronnie Detrow
Boonsboro, Maryland

Our condolences. We will think about you and Lisa's two daughters and family and hope the best for all of you. Love from Charlotte and Niels

Charlotte and Niels Kjærsgård
Stenlose, Denmark

Remembering Lisa and the Norgard family. God wraps us all in love as we mourn and remember and celebrate her life.

Penny Schwid
Milwaukee, Wi

Dear Geri and Emory So sad to hear your have lost Lisa. That is the wrong way. Parents should pass away first. It is so awfull to loose a child. I will think about you and Lisa`s family and hope you will be able to cope with this and eventually get on wth your lives. Love Aase Jakobsen, Denmark.

Aase Jakobsen
Aalborg, Denmark

Sending heartfelt sympathies and thinking of you all. I only met Lisa briefly many many years ago but from Facebook have seen what a brave warrior and role model she was. Rest in peace x

Debbie Campbell
Sevenoaks, UK

Had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful woman several times since I've been doing K9 rescue transports. The world is a sadder place without her but heaven has gained a wonderful angel.

Judi Lovering
Martinsburg, Wv

Sending my condolences for the sad loss of Lisa. I remember her as a beautiful, bright girl with a very warm heart. All my love and sympathy Brit

Brit Wing
Maresfield , England

Prayers for the family.

Tammy Carper
Bean Station, Tenn

Rest In Peace Lisa. You fought the good fight and are now rejoicing in the presence of your Lord and Savior

John C Mills
Hagerstown , Md

I am very sorry to hear about Lisa's passing. She had such a wonderful spirit and will be very missed. Her love for her daughters and family was visible to all and I know she will live on through her girls. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.

Diane Mentzer
Waynesboro, PA

I didn’t know Lisa for very long and I didn’t know her well but the times that we met she was such a sweet, sweet person who brightened the room around her. I am so very sorry for your loss. She is in heaven with our Lord and I know she will be looking down on her daughters and taking care of them.

Kristina and Betsy; I doubt you will remember us from your time in Sioux Falls. I was the secret "Crabby-Mean Janitor" at Messiah New Hope while your father served there, and your parents opened up their home to me while I was in the area for a seminary class. We are profoundly sorry for your loss. Your mother's hospitality reflected Christ to us in ways that we have not forgotten. We pray that same Christ keeps you in His grace now. Rev. Nathan & Kimberly Metzger and Family

Rev. Nathan Metzger
Adams, Nebraska

Lisa was such an amazing woman, wife, mother, co worker, and friend. She will be truly missed.

Brandi Daly
Lansdale , PA

Dear Kristina and Betsy, Our heartfelt condolences to you. When you think of your mother, put your hand over your heart. That is where she is and will always be. Right there in your heart. Time will not close the hole in your heart, but we hope the years will fill the space with happy memories of your mother. Lisa, Mike, Cole and Max Conrad

Lisa Conrad
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry to hear of this. May she rest in peace. I hate cancer :( what a great person her and her entire family must be. I did not know her, but saw this post on facebook group about doggy transports from rescues. gone too soon, but never forgotten. <3

Jenna Rose
Silver Creek, NY

We know this has been a long, hard struggle for both of you. Our many thoughts and prayers will remain with you both a# you continue to work through these difficult times. We love you both, even though you are not with us on Sundays!!!

Karen and Peter Carnes
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Lisa was one of my sorority sisters at Luther and a dear friend. We had a lot of fun together in college, and I remember making a particular large “ snow creation” on the library lawn, sorority dances and parties. Lisa liked to have fun and was always a very positive person. We reunited at Luther reunions and it was so great to see her! I know that she had a difficult time after Erik’s death, but tried to help others. She loved her daughters and family and God more than anything. She fought cancer bravely and positively. She wanted to be here for her daughters and make sure they would be OK. I believe she is an earth angel and God called her to be with Him. Lisa provided all of us a great role model. Love always, laugh often, live life to its fullest, serve God and help others, face fear and tragedy with bravery and strength. I pray that God will give all of you strength and comfort. We will miss you, Lisa.

Sue Bransky
Solon, IA

We will miss Lisa and her positive, up-lifting, faith-filled spirit. We bonded first being Luther College graduates, our Norwegian roots, having kids in Eric’s youth group and Dan being a pastor at Fox Point Lutheran. We attended their wedding and followed your family through Christmas cards as you moved and births of K and B. Then both Lisa and Dan were diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014 and our journeys have taken many sharp turns in the road of life as we know it. Now, we have to trust Lisa and Eric in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. We send our deepest love and sympathy to you all! Dan and Mary Ann

Pastor Dan and Mary Ann Thurmer
Fox Point , WI

Sending prayers to Lisa's family. I met Lisa in book club. She was always positive, and had a great outlook on life. Her daughters are beautiful and she was always so proud of them. She loved her family. She will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers, Patty Austin

Patty Austin
Hagerstown, Maryland

We are at a loss for words. We know there is nothing for us to say that will make your loss easier but please know that we are sending you our prayers, love and support.

Lisa and John McLellan
Newton Center, MA

I knew Lisa at Luther College so many years back! I was blessed to work with her in the SPOs (student post office). I don't remember much that many years back, but she was always positive when I was around her. Kristina and Betsy, it sounds like it was a blessing to be her daughters. I will keep you in my prayers for comfort and and the ability to cling to Christ during this difficult time. May He give you special "moments" of remembrances, words from God, hugs, love from others and especially the arms of the your Savior wrapped around you.

Sarah Stevens
Gray Court, SC

I am so truly sorry for your loss. I knew Eric and Lisa from Messiah New Hope church in Sioux Falls; we joined the church at approximately the same time. We served together through youth group and confirmation courses. They were both wonderful people who touched my life deeply in the few years I knew them. I so appreciate the updates you all have been posting online. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts & prayers. God bless.

Marlee Dyce
Sioux Falls, SD

My heart felt condolences to you all. We know our Heavenly Father awaits and has prepared a place for us. May peace and comfort be with you all.

Tammy March
Winchester , VA

Our daughter, Jennifer Anderson just sent us this link as she had told us of Lisa's illness. She was beautiful inside and out and her passing is a loss in every sense of the word, although she is now with her Lord and Savior. We know she will always watch over her children and will always be with you in your hearts and minds.

Darrell and Sharon Eggert
De Pere, WI

I was not fortunate to know Lisa but I was also a pastor's wife at Grace, Needham. I send my very great sympathy to all who loved her.

Mary Carlton Lull
Berkeley, California

Lisa was always so positive and such a role model for having great strength through great hardship. Rest In Peace.

Cole Thumann
Colorado Springs, Colorado

David Krueger
Hagerstown , Maryland

So sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord Almighty continues to keep and uphold the loved ones she has left behind and may God Almighty rest her soul in perfect peace.

Joshua Ajanaku
Waldorf, Maryland

Kristina & Betsy: Not sure we'll be able to make the funeral, but you ARE in our hearts and we pray for peace in yours at this extremely sad time. Be strong, be besties forever, and live your lives to the fullest just like your mamma did. Love you!

Joette Slaasted
Cedarburg, WI

We are thinking of you in this difficult time. Howard & Anne Berit

Howard Browman and Anne Berit Skiftesvik
Lysekloster, Hordaland

Dear Sweet Lisa, I miss your smiling face and voice so much already. Rest in loving peace with Eric and Romeo. Love, Dad

Emory Anderson
Marstons Mills, MA

Thank you for making this world a better place and for shining your love for life on so many. Your spirit lives on in your beautiful daughters.

Stephanie Willim-Ostmann
Hagerstown , Maryland

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