Norma Genevieve Bedore, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at West Branch Regional Medical Center. She had lived in Gladwin, MI since 1980, formerly of West Branch. Norma was born on August 23, 1940 in Mt. Clemens, MI to Norman and Emma (LaFere) Finkbeiner. She worked for the Michigan Employment Security Commission (MESC) for 27 years before her retirement. Norma served as a secretary of the Clement Township Friends of the Fire Fighters organization and quilting club, where she continued to be an active member. She volunteered for many community events and fundraising dinners. Norma was a member of the Secord Lake Eagles Ladies Auxiliary serving as a past president and trustee. She was also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and the St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women. Norma loved to bowl and up until her death, competed on her local bowling team. In her youth, Norma was an avid competitor in softball for many years. She was a truly exceptional woman with a profound faith, a great gift for empathy and a terrific sense of humor. Her love and support will surely be missed by many.
Norma is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bruce F. Bedore of Gladwin, MI; sons, Norman (Jonna) Winter of Alger, MI, David (Chris) Winter and Dennis (Carol) Winter, both of West Branch, MI; daughters, Sherry (Mike) Galazin of Broken Arrow, OK, and Carey (Vince) Ferrari of Ray, MI; step children, Brian (Denise) Bedore of Alger, MI, Scott Bedore of Flint, MI, and Theresa (Dave) Aitkens of Burton, MI; grandchildren, John Galazin, Mary (Justin) Galazin, Jedson (Emilee) Winter, Wayne (Priscilla) Winter, Tyler Winter (Kristin Fink), Kyle Winter, Frank Ferrari, George Ferrari, and Jacob Ferrari; 6 step grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 8 step great grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and a wonderful network of friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Emma, sister, Carly Tallman, brothers, George Newell, Robert Newell, John Finkbeiner, and Norman Finkbeiner.
Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be held at 3:00 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch at 10:30 a.m. with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Gladwin, MI. Father Patrick Maher will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Clement Township Friends of the Fire Fighters.
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