Don J. Norek

January 10, 1946 - August 9, 2015
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Rev. Don Norek, 69, of Belvidere, IL passed away suddenly, Sunday, August 9, 2015 in his home.  Don was born January 10, 1946 in Berwyn, IL the son of George and Emily Norek.  He married Sally Dhooghe on August 11, 1986 in DuPage Co., IL.  Don served our country with two tours in Viet-Nam.  He was a Captain in the Special Forces; 101st Ranger Airborne-Division.  Following his military career, Don served the IL State Police as a trooper stationed in Cicero, IL.  In 1982, Don entrusted his life to God; and devoted his life to serving our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through His Glory Mission; to name a few of the many missions or “Operations” the mission provided were: founding of The Joy of Christ –toy distribution, Silver Birch Youth Retreat Camp for less fortunate kids, Operation Baby Bottom and the Sandwich distribution.  Don also served our city as a chaplain for the police, sheriff and EMA as well as serving Crime Stoppers and the Housing Authority and numerous other committees.

Don is loved and will be missed by his wife, Sally of Belvidere; son, Joshua and his wife, Nichole Norek of Belvidere; sisters in-law, Tammy (Derrick) Grove of DesPlaines, IL, Vicky Steadman of Twin Lakes, WI; niece and nephews, Zachery Steadman, Kalee Steadman and Brody Steadman; adopted loved ones, Josh Johnson and Bria Pearson.  Don is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday August 17, 2015 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in First Presbyterian Church, 221 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Kopp officiating.  Burial will be in Andrus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of Don’s family.  To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 17, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel


218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday August 17, 2015 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

First Presbyterian Church


221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, IL, 61008

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in First Presbyterian Church, 221 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Kopp officiating.

Cemetery Information

Burial will be in Andrus Cemetery.

Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of Don’s family.


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Born: January 10, 1946
Died: August 9, 2015

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Barb Martenson posted on 8/11/15

RIP you were a kind and caring person The community has lost a great person


Sandy Fontaine posted on 8/18/15

Dear Sally & Joshua, Your dad was a good friend for many years. He had a BIG heart, because he was always giving of himself - to help others - anyway he could. He will be missed by many. BUT I look forward to being his friend again, only this time for eternity! I'm sure Bill & Don are cracking jokes even now. Love & Blessings - Sandy


Arnie and Lynne at Barry T's posted on 8/17/15

Sally and Josh, so sorry to hear of the loss of Don. He was such an amazing and caring guy. We will miss the many conversations we had have with him over the years. He will always be remembered. Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Mary O'Sullivan-Snyder posted on 8/15/15

I only meet Don once when he came to buy my old Lincoln Town car. What an amazing fellow. He talked for over an hour with me and my son. Telling us about Dec 21st, 2012. Thank our God the world did not end then. But what I remember most of all is Don's intense faith and energy. I felt we touched each other’s soul that day. We never meet again but he did call me one day just to say the Lincoln was still going strong. May our God bless you and help you into a new chapter of your life. To quote a line from a Little House on The Prairie episode “ Remember me with smiles and laughter as that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears … then don’t remember me at all! Mary O'Sullivan-Snyder


Debbie LoMonaco posted on 8/14/15

So sorry to hear about your loss. Good memories and fun times will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, the LoMonaco family


Jacob G. Caraotta posted on 8/13/15

I was just sent the notice a few minutes, ago, and am very sorry to hear that Brother Don has passed away. We will be praying for you Sally and Josh, that the Lord brings you comfort, peace and helps to carry you through this season. Please let us know if there is anything we could do to help in any way at any time. Jacob, Celeste and the Caraotta family.


Vicki & Kaysi Klaas posted on 8/12/15

So sorry for your loss Sally & Josh. Our sympathy & prayers are with you.


Jennifer Jaeger posted on 8/12/15

I met Don about ten years ago through his work with the homeless. His passion for helping people and his amazing warmth and compassion were evident from the moment I met him. He treated everyone with respect, compassion and kindness, and he never treated those who sought his help any different than those providing help, if anything he was harder on those who had resources than those who had nothing. Not only did he step up and help he expected everyone who could, should and would. His big heart will be missed by many.


Charles and Jane Cairo posted on 8/12/15

Don had much energy with love for the underdog. As chaplain at Madden Mental Health Center he made sure that every patient received gifts including socks at Christmas and other holidays under the Holiday Project. Was ordained by the Evangelical Free Baptist Church, ever since he had a deep love for Jesus Christ and the Bible. Always, always said yes to anyone in need. We know he is now dancing in the golden streets of heaven...miss you Don, see you soon...


Anita l gonzalez posted on 8/12/15

i am so sorry to hear he had helped everyone that needed help he was a very nice person he will be missed but he will still be in our hearts forever rev don rest in peace god bless his family and all the people he had helped from anita gonzalez and her family in belvidere


Shana & Brian Webb posted on 8/12/15

My deepest prayers for u & ur family !!!


Dagmar Heitz posted on 8/12/15

So sorry for your loss. Don was my neighbor when I was growing up in Berwyn. I knew Don for many years and always wondered if it was him when I would read about all the things he was doing to help people here in Belvidere. I know he's been blessed in heaven for all his kindness to people less fortunate than us.


Barb Carlson posted on 8/12/15

I'll always remember the many times he would come over and try to explain to Mike what his cars were doing and then tell Mike "Just fix it" - duck tape and wire hangers. Who can forget the toy give away's - "freezing for Jesus". Him and Mike are probably discussing lots of topics again. God Bless you on this journey. His Love never fails.


jodi davis posted on 8/12/15

rev. don will be missed so very much one of the greatest man I've ever known. he did more for community that not many people would. he gave mothers who needed diapers for there babies. he gave toys to needy kids. he gave his heart to belvidere and I will never forget the great man who loved everyone of us just because we were us. he would help some how. he will truly be missed by everyone he ever came in contact with. don I hope you can continue all your work in heaven with the lord and all that have gone before you. you were a great man. and sally I am so sorry for your lost. all my love and prayers for this wonderful family.


Kathy Albrecht posted on 8/12/15

Don will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for the Norek Family.


Huff Family posted on 8/28/15

We are so very sorry for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family.