Carston J. ‘CJ’ Norelius

ESCANABA — Carston J. “CJ” Norelius, 86, former chiropractor of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

CJ was born on Aug. 20, 1930, in Barron, Wis., the son of Otto and Lillian (Fahlgren) Norelius. He graduated from Barron High School in 1948. That same year his father passed away and CJ had to take over operating the family dairy farm. After two years he added raising turkeys for Jerome Enterprises in Barron. In 1955 his younger brother took over operating the farm.

In 1955, CJ enrolled at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. At the Palmer College he was honored by completing the complex dissection course in the top 10 of his class. He graduated from Palmer College in 1959.

After passing the basic science and state board exams, he spent one year internship in the state of Illinois.

On Sept. 1, 1956, he married his high school classmate, Eudora “Dode” Nitz. The couple moved to Escanaba in 1961 where CJ set up his practice of 33 years.

While in practice he was a member of the International Chiropractic Association, Michigan Chiropractic Society and the Upper Michigan Association where he served three years as secretary/treasurer.

CJ was a member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Escanaba where he served nine years on the church council, six years as financial secretary and later years on the Elder Committee.

After his retirement in 1995, CJ and Dode bought a place in Yuma, Ariz., where they spent the winter months playing golf and enjoying the warm climate. It was there where CJ got his first hole-in-one after a lifetime of anticipation. They sold their home in Arizona in 2011.

CJ enjoyed raising begonias every year and a small vegetable garden. He loved fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling and playing cribbage with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Eudora; sisters-in-law, Annete Norelius and Freida Lentz; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, CJ was preceded in death by his sisters, Olive Smith and Evadean Lindbloom and brother, Lyndon Norelius.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Escanaba.

The funeral service will follow at Salem Evangelical at 3 p.m. with Pastor Paul Doletzky officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place at Wayside Cemetery in Barron, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Norelius family.