Norman – Erma Jean Norman, age 83, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021. She was born June 28, 1937 to her parents, William and Ada (De Zeeuw) Reickard in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ada Reickard; her loving husband, John M. Norman Sr.; daughter, Deborah J. Favreau; brother, Albert Reickard; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Kenneth Near; half-brother, Bill Reickard; parents-in-law, Jules and Aleen Norman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Sally Norman; sister-in-law, Sister Ann Norman.
Erma is survived by her children, John (Sandi) Norman, Jeff (Nancy) Norman, Lori (Mark) Schumann, 13 precious grandchildren; 10 precious great grandchildren with another one on the way; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Betty) Norman, Ron (Caralie) Norman; many loving and wonderful nieces and nephews.
Erma passed peacefully with all of her loved ones present. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
Here are a few quotes from her:
“All I ask of you is to remember me as loving you.”
“Being cremated is my last hope for a smoking hot body.”
“I love you all very much and I’ll see you all again someday.”
Mom you were generous, kind, sweet, caring, honest, intelligent, brave, strong, funny, energetic, resilient, thoughtful, hopeful, selfless, the most loving wife, mom, grandma, great grandma and more.
Your door was always open to all. You were as someone else said, like a second mom to many.
Thank you for telling me you always loved me every time we saw each other and every time before we hung up the phone.
Everything I know today, you inspired or laid the foundation. There’s nothing I have today that you didn’t encourage me to go for. You taught me so much but you didn’t teach me how to live without you. Tell dad I love and miss him tremendously but I find comfort in knowing that one day we will all be together again.
I Love you forever and for always…
- John Norman Jr.
I love you Aunt Erma. I will miss our 3 hour phone calls. And I will miss your wisdom and love and memories. I will miss our cocktail hours. I will miss the laughter. I simply will miss you. Be with Uncle John and Debbie. Be with your mom and dad. Be with the grace of god.
- Mark Norman