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Sister Norma (Jane P.) Thelen, SLW

July 6, 1937May 9, 2020

Sister Norma (Jane P.) Thelen, SLW was born July 6, 1937 in Westphalia, Michigan to Norman and Mary Thelen and passed away suddenly on May 9, 2020. She will be dearly missed by her Sisters of the Living Word, of whom she was a member for 45 years, and by her loving family. Sister Norma had been an elementary teacher for 25 years in Louisiana, Illinois and Michigan. Later she ministered in the field of gerontology for 27 years until she retired in 2013. Sister Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her step-mother Agnes Smith Thelen, brothers Dennis, Mark and David Thelen, step-brothers Richard and Raymond Smith and step-sister Diane (Pat) Luna. She is survived by her brothers Clair (Catherine) Thelen and Thomas (Barbara) Thelen, her sisters Rose Mary (John) Nurenberg, Virginia (Melvin) Drake, Linda (Donald) Thelen, her sister-in-law Joni Thelen, step-brothers Jerome (Rose) Smith, Edward (Ann) Smith, Albert (Carolee) Smith and step-sisters Hilda (Michael) Schmitz and Kathleen (Ambrose) Fox. Sister Norma is also survived by 23 nieces and nephews, 78 great-nieces and nephews and 31 great-great nieces and nephews. Funeral service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Sisters of the Living Word, 800 N. Fernandez Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 appreciated.


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Sister Norma (Jane P.) Thelen, SLW

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Frankie Dolehanty

May 27, 2020

We had the honor of knowing Sister Norma in Flint Michigan at Christ the King Catholic Church. She was a big part of my granddaughter’s baptism and first communion.
My mom and I enjoyed playing cards with her and Sister Joanne.
Our deepest condolences to her family.

Jeannette Judiann Daniel Derhake

May 26, 2020

We had a Mass said for Sister Norma here at Saint Anthony on Monday the 25 th of May . She was a wonderful Sister and will be greatly missed.
Love and prayers,
Sister Judiann
Sister Jeannette

Delores Stance

May 22, 2020

For many years Sister Norman attended church services at St. Stephen Protomartyr in Des Plaines where I first met her. She became an active member in our parish and quickly became involved in parish and community life.

She became a member of our tutor group assisting students at a Des Plaines middle school helping them to improve their reading and comprehension skills. For the past few years she has been an active member of our weekly reflection group helping guide us through many discussions about life and faith.

She was a loving, kind, and understanding woman who had wonderful sense of humor. I know she is with the Good Lord in heaven with her family.


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