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Nova Agnes Thornburg

March 21, 1925 - March 2, 2019

There is no such thing as an uneventful life…


Nova Postle entered her time in history in Bufflao, New York in March of 1925. She spent her youth with parents Frank and Hazel Postle, both of which were tireless workers and weathered the depression of 1930’s . The family moved to Alhambra, California where Nova graduated high school. She tried her hand at tennis and skiing as well.


As the second world war was unfolding she wanted to join-up yet needed to wait until she turned 18 years of age. The US Marines were ready to accept her and after training spent time in Arlington, Virginia.  It’s interesting that some of her duties were in the receiving and processing the effects of killed servicemen which was a solemn calling.


Upon discharge she took a bus to California, worked for a phone company and set her eyes out to find a husband… which she did by referral of a blind date to Edwin Burke Thornburg.  It was a short courtship and the two were together until he passed in July of 1991. The couple spent time in Alaska, where they had adventures and troubles. A daughter Tracy was born in North Pole, AK. And the other three children; Burke, Scott, and Maureen were added in southern Calif.


Nova Thornburg hit all the points of being a five-star “Yelp” mom with her even temperament, detail oriented and available person for her family. She never yelled and expressed her anxieties to her growing family. Nova and Burke raised their family in one home in LaHabra and owned a property in Lake Elsinore as rentals.


It is noteworthy to say that Nova was there for her husband, in years where employment was tough after back-surgery as he was a tradesman and needed to recalibrate how to move ahead. Nova after several job-hops ended up at Norwalk Mental Hospital as an office clerk and had contact with many of the occupants for eighteen years.


After retiring Nova and husband moved to Portland to be around grown children living in Oregon. She had a home in Aloha where she resided until 2015, was a listener and promoter of investing and frugal living to accumulate a secure retirement. It was rare she ever made a late payment.  She spent the remaining years in assisted living or foster Care. Passing away March 02, 2019.


Always gracious and curious in what was happening, she will indeed be missed by all who knew her or called her “Mom”.


Nova will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery following a short ceremony on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 P.M.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time: 09:00 am

End Time: 04:00 pm

Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service


2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Time: 01:00 pm

End Time: 01:30 pm

Willamette National Cemetery


11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97086

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