A memorial service for Jon Noreen will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 9, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. A visitation will take place at 1:00 PM until the time of service. A Celebration of Life at Shady’s reception hall will follow the service. Jon died unexpectedly at his home on Friday.
Jon was born October 18, 1951 in St. Paul to Clarence “KY” and Darlene (Sherburn) Noreen. He graduated from Edina High school and attended Mankato State University and earned a degree in Education. He married Lynette Kretchman on July 31, 1982 in Bloomington. He taught and coached football and basketball at the Elgin-Millville High School before moving to Albany in 1987, where he taught Fine Arts and coached the Girls Basketball Team. He was the head coach for the Albany Girls Basketball Team for 26 years where he had a record of 476-186. He led his teams to 15 west central Conference Championships, 11 sub-section Championships, four section Runner-ups and seven State Tournament appearances, winning the state championship in 2008. During his 32 years of coaching basketball, he’s been named MGBCA Section Coach of the Year three times. During the summers, Jon would travel to Australia with boys and girls basketball players to play in an international basketball tournament. Jon’s teams won the Down Under hoops Classic three times in the 12 years of going to Australia. In 2010, Jon was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Jon retired from Albany in 2011 then returned for another year of teaching. In 2016, he was named the Head Girls Basketball Coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Jon bred and trained labrador retrievers and he owned “Gunnars Kennel” in Avon. Jon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time with his family, especially his growing number of grandchildren. Jon was excited to spend the summers fishing and boating with the grandchildren and watching them grow.
Jon is survived by his wife, Lynette, Avon; his children; Jake (Carly) Noreen, Hampstead, NC; Darby Noreen, Willmar: Joanne (Tony) Thomason, Peoria, IL; Seth Noreen, Minneapolis; Jennie (Steven) Helget, Mankato; Zach (Tatum) Noreen, Albany; 10 grandchildren and his sister, Karen (Dan) Carlson, Bloomington.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jana Lynn Noreen.