Norma 'Blondie' Deming — Plainview
Norma "Blondie" Deming, 92, of Plainview, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, surrounded by her family, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Norma J. Deming was born April 2, 1921, in Elgin, to Thomas and Florence (DeWitz) Richardson. She graduated from Elgin High School, and Dr. Charlie Mayo gave the commencement address.After high school, she lived in Red Wing, and worked at the St. James Hotel. She then moved to Rochester and worked at the Mayo Clinic. She married Ralph G. Deming on Nov. 27, 1944, in Plainview. They lived and worked on the Deming family farm northwest of Plainview. After selling the farm, they moved to Plainview in 1961. Norma worked at Mabel's Tip Top Cafe, the drug store, where she ran the soda fountain. She also worked for Dr. James Stucky and Peoples Natural Gas in Plainview and Rochester.
She was a member of St. Joachim's Catholic Church since marriage and prior to that was a member of the Methodist Church in Elgin.
Norma is survived by her son, Richard of Minneapolis and her daughter, Judy (Jim) Eversman of Kellogg; granddaughters, Emily Kroening (Enrique Figueroa) of Ventura, Calif., Carly (Brock) Palmer of Elgin, Katie Eversman of Reads Landing and Annie Eversman of St. Louis Park; two sisters, Elithe "Tootie" (Ralph) Firzlaff of Plainview and Ruth Ann Dessner of Elgin; one brother, Glenn (Gaynel) Richardson of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Ruby Richardson of Rochester and Nelly Richardson of Pine Island; one great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Palmer of Elgin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Thomas, three brothers, Herb, Lyle and Thomas Richardson and brother-in-law, Freddie Dessner.
Norma's greatest joy was visiting with family and friends. She loved going out for breakfast everyday at Subway or the cafe, watching the Twins and Vikings, doing word puzzles and reading.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Plainview, with Father Robert Meyer officiating. Spring burial will be at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is in charge of the arrangements. s chadandzabelfuneralhomes.com .