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Norma F. White



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Norma F. White, 96, of Sandy Hook, passed peacefully early Saturday morning, July 17, surrounded by her three daughters in a room filled with love.

Norma was born on February 2, 1925 (“B.C.” she’d say, “before computers”) to William and Mary Fox in South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. She attended Our Lady of Wisdom High School, graduating in 1943.

In the mid-1940s, Norma worked at Louis Sherry, the famous candy and ice cream company, and then joined Western Electric in the drafting department, where she made lifelong friends and earned the moniker “Fixit,” because she could fix anything.

Norma married her best friend and soulmate, Bill White, in 1951, celebrating 64 years of marriage shortly before Bill’s death in 2015. Their long marriage and mutual love and respect were an inspiration to everyone who knew them.

Norma and Bill raised three daughters, Betty, Kathleen, and Bridget, in Valley Stream, N.Y., in the house next door to Norma’s parents.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, William; father, William; and mother, Mary.

She is survived by her three daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Ross, Kathleen and George Ferguson, and Bridget White; and three grandchildren and their spouses, Kaitlyn and David Santos, Casey Ferguson and Doug Gerhardt, and Liam Ferguson.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Norma’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 21, at St Rose of Lima, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, at 11 am. Interment will follow at St Rose Cemetery, Sandy Hook.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc, PO Box 344, Newtown CT 06470; newtown-ambulance.org.

Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, is in charge of arrangements.

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