Dorothy “Dottie” J. Norman, age 92, of Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. She was born Dorothy Jane Pomeroy to Lester & Vera (Miller) Pomeroy on March 31, 1928, in McFarland, MI. When Dottie was 8, the family moved to Ensign where she attended grade school. She went to high school in Rapid River but had to quit in 11th grade to take care of her baby brother and ailing mother. She was determined to finish later and in 1980, she earned a diploma from Escanaba High School while simultaneously attending Bay College.
On June 1, 1946, Dottie married Ruener Norman at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. They lived briefly in Stonington and Escanaba before settling in Cornell, where they raised their five children. She went to work for Mel and Elmer's in Escanaba, then was offered the assistant manager' s position of Dishno's Grocery in Cornell where she worked for 23 years. If you ever needed to know what was happening in the big town of Cornell, all you needed to do was stop at the store and ask Dot. Later, she worked again at the Cornell Store as Manager for her daughter and son-in-law for about 7 years until her husband got sick and they moved to Escanaba. She then went to work at Fashion Bug and The Daily Press. She was a Hospice volunteer and helped with the physically and mentally challenged for many years. She loved them and they adored her, affectionately calling her "Mama Dot" or "Grandma Dot."
She always made Christmas at the Norman's a magical time. Papa would decorate the outside and she took care of everything else. Love, laughter, presents, and so much delicious food with all of her kids, spouses, and grandchildren surrounding her. She created precious memories that will be forever
cherished. Always dressed to the nines, with matching heels, purse, jewelry, and hair teased up high, she lit up every room she entered. Whether going to church or headed to bingo, her dress was impeccable.
After raising their family, Dottie and Ruener enjoyed many happy years traveling the country and camping at Horseshoe Lake in their camper during summer months. In 1997, she lost her beloved husband after 51 years together. Among other things, Dottie enjoyed bingo, playing cards, crocheting, baking, going to the casino, and doing puzzles. More than anything else, she loved being with her family. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, and a Hospice volunteer. Dot touched many lives in her 92 years with us and will be remembered for her kind, generous heart and the love she shared with us all.
She is survived by one brother, Richard (Kathy) Pomeroy of Minneapolis, MN; one sister, Phyllis (Dean) Hamner of Minneapolis, MN; one son, Terry (Renae) Norman of Riverland; one daughter, Vicki (Steven) Viau of Gladstone; grandchildren, Jody Norman, Danielle Cowling, Nichol Absher, Natalie Norman , Jason, Just in, Tim, Tyler, and Joshua Norman, David and Jesse Norman, Steven, Jamie, an d Tina Via u; step-grandchildren, Sean Everson, Aaron Johnson, Christian Kime, and Jessica Lampinen; great-grandchildren , Ella, Sammy, and Evie Norman, Hannah and Gavin Cowling, Kayla and Steven and Keoni Viau, Emmet and Thomas Viau-Stark; and great-great-granddaughter, lndie Viau. Dottie is also survived by Mary, Nancy, Dee, and Marti who were very special and close to her heart.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her three sons, Danny, John and David Norman; brothers, George, Gilbert, and Kenneth Pomeroy; sisters, Norien Pomeroy, Carol Bruce, and Beatrice Phillips.
Funeral services are being planned for the spring of 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Burial will take place in Lakewood Cemetery in Stonington.
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