Norma M Blancher, 91, a longtime resident of Crescent City for more than 32 years went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2019. She was born at home in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1928. She spent her early years in Kenosha and attended Catholic schools. The youngest of five children (siblings Jeanette Egger, Edward Neward, Alice Johnson and Ted Neward) she was born to Mary and Ignacz Neward, both immigrants of Lithuania
Her brother, Ted, encouraged her to move to Southern California to continue her education. She attended Compton Jr College and went on to UCLA where Norma met Gaylen Blancher. After a quick courtship, they were married and moved to Los Angeles, CA. With the birth of their first daughter Adrienne, they moved to West Covina. Daughter number two Marianne came along and Galen’s career took them to Dallas, Boston, Nashville before returning to Southern California for over 40 years. Upon her retirement, from Bank of America they settled and relocated to beautiful Crescent City.
Norma was an active volunteer at Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary where she worked in the gift shop. Additionally, Norma was an active member of the Crescent City Women’s Club, Garden Club and Del Norte Republicans Group. In her free time, she enjoyed playing bridge in numerous groups in Crescent City and Brookings, with evenings spent knitting, sewing and reading. In retirement, they were blessed to travel the USA, Europe and her dream vacation of going to Egypt.
Norma was a loving wife of Gaylen (deceased) Blancher for 46 years. Mother to Adrienne Anthony and son-in-law Rowland “Tony”, granddaughter Mary Cerros and her husband Richardo, great grandchildren Isabel and Diego. Grandson Christopher, wife Montze and great grandson Carter. Her second born daughter Marianne Shannon and son-in-law Robert, granddaughter Christina Furginson and her husband Ryan, great grandchildren Ryder and Austin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Del Norte Senior Center, Meals on Wheels program, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531.
To say she will be missed is an understatement. Norma is irreplaceable.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church, 160 Blueberry Lane, Crescent City, CA 95531. Private family inurnment.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.
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