Carma Lee Norman, 68, of Pocahontas died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice in Edwardsville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, with the Rev. Leonard Laetsch, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Highland, officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.
She was born Nov. 30, 1945, in Litchfield to Arthur John and Lonita R. (Ernst) Braundmeier. She married David L. Norman on March 19, 1967, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas.
Mrs. Norman grew up in New Douglas and was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She graduated with honors from Highland High School in 1963 and from Eastern Illinois University in 1968.
She served for more than 25 years as a high school educator in Seminole County, Fla., and Fairfax County, Va., first as a business administrator and English teacher and then after earning a masters degree in secondary school administration from Nova Southeastern University as an assistant principal of Seminole High School, as clerk of the School Board of Fairfax County, assistant principal at Mount Vernon High School, principal of West Potomac High School, and assistant superintendent of Fairfax County public schools, before retiring in 2004.
Besides her love for her work in education, Mrs. Norman was an avid genealogist, spending years tracing her family history and co-authoring a book with her mother and her sister, Connie, on the Boehme family. She also enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren, friends, and family, loved her dogs, garage sales, RV travel and home design.
Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in Christ, and her love and prayers of family and friends carried her through many years in her battle with cancer. Even through her final struggle with Mesothelioma, she reached out to others affected by the disease and participated in research studies at the University of Chicago in order to advance treatment and help discover a cure.
She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Highland and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, niece and aunt.
Besides her husband, David (U.S. Navy commander, retired), she is survived by a son, U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sgt. Brian David (Sevgi) Norman of Adana, Turkey; a daughter, Karen Lee (husband John Vaught) Gentry of Madison, Ga.; grandchildren, Melissa Sevgi, Aleyna Lee and Emre Brian Norman, all of Adana, Turkey; a brother, Arthur John (wife Dama Lea Kottmeyer) Braundmeier Jr. of Boulder, Colo.; and sisters, Beverly Ann (Ralph) Hartke of the Villages, Fla., Connie Marie (Craig) Leinicke of Ellisville, Mo., Diane Ruth (Rooney) Barker of Highland; 28 nieces and nephews, including her godson, Matthew John Braundmeier of Edwardsville and goddaughter, Catherine Marie Leinicke of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Paul Braundmeier; a son-in-law, Johnathon Michael Gentry; a nephew, Ralph Henry Hartke Jr.; and niece Jessica Lynn Barker.
Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church or the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Ga.