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Norma Irene Corman

July 6, 1924November 10, 2020

Norma Irene Corman (née Thorsness) Norma Irene Corman (née Thorsness) passed away peacefully on November 10 , 2020, in the Assiniboia Union Hospital surrounded by her family. Mom was the epitome of kindness and thoughtfulness. She was a lover of card games, gatherings of family and friends, letter writing, reading and poetry. At 96 years old she was still delighting family and friends with the poems she memorized as a young girl. Norma was the beloved daughter of the late Maren and Herman Thorsness. She spent 61 wonderful years married to the late Robert (Bobby) Corman (d. 2012). Predeceased by her sisters Florence Sunley, Luella Worrell and Helen Odiorne. Norma is cherished by sisters Grace Dawson and Dorothy McDermit and her sister-in-law Shirley Mossop. Mom is lovingly remembered by her five children June (Harald), Guy (Nadine), Anne (Chris), Trace and Bill (Darlene). Norma delighted in her seven grandchildren Justin (Wendy), Daniel (Sarah), Christine (Chelsea), Tess (Wade), Cady (Drew), Shai (Colton) and Mick and her five great grandchildren Mina, Will, Ella, Theo and Crew. Auntie Norma leaves behind her nieces and nephews who were so dear to her. Many lived close enough for her to watch them grow up and others would visit the farm for summer holidays or to attend the Davyroyd Bible Camp — Big meals cooked for happy children. Her nephew Ron Allen (Marilyne) came home every Christmas and was welcome from the time he was a youngster. She was ever so thrilled to see Ron and Marilyne. She always had an open door, her delicious canned chicken (only for company) on her homemade buns, and of course lots of cards, charades and storytelling. Norma was born in 1924 near Circle, Montana to homesteaders, immigrants from Norway and Denmark (strong Viking blood). In 1926, Herman, Maren and their daughters moved to a farm in Saskatchewan near Wood Mountain. Norma attended Normal School in Moose Jaw. She taught at seven schools in the forties and fifties. She valued education and loved to learn stories, history and poetry. It was when she was teaching in the Davyroyd country school that Norma met Zenith district farmer, Bobby Corman, at a Christmas concert. According to Bobby the moment he saw the beautiful teacher in her red shoes he knew she was the woman he was going to marry. And he did! Norma retired after she married but never stopped teaching. A good education was the cornerstone of her beliefs and she ensured that all her children and grandchildren could read before they started school. Mom used brown butcher tape and homemade flour-glue to construct workbooks. She drew her signature boys and girls and animals to make our learning fun — Ever patient. Ever encouraging. Family was the foundation of Mom’s life. For years, large gatherings were held, alternating Christmas and New Year’s with Auntie Ethel and Uncle Bub Corman — Houses jammed with cousins. Up at 4 AM to roast huge turkeys and hams. Everything made from scratch. Homemade Christmas pudding, pies and sweets. And after all the meals, and games galore, a midnight lunch of turkey buns and homemade pickles (both sweet and dills) and butter tarts (Dad’s favourite) to top off the holiday. So Many Happy Times… So Many Happy Memories!

Norma was the fourth daughter in a family of six girls. She sewed dresses for her beloved mother and her own daughters. She took plane rides and bus rides to visit her sisters — Each one special to her and each one welcomed home with open arms — Instilling in her own children a strong sense of love and loyalty for family!

Mom enjoyed her holidays: out to Penticton to visit Aunt Ferne and Uncle Bart Lindeburgh, down to Arizona for hot tubbing and then dog races with Uncle Teddy and Aunt Shirley Corman. She travelled to Ontario twice a year to visit her daughters and grandchildren — Such great trips! Such enjoyment!

Norma was a lifetime member of the Davyroyd/Zenith Women’s Club, a club dedicated to nurturing and sustaining their community, raising funds for charities and maintaining their country church and school. These hardworking women built their community without dishwashers, microwaves, using wringer washers/ironing armloads of laundry, canning, baking, and being there for each other, putting family and friends first. Mom, and the women who have gone before, leave a lasting legacy of family and community.

In the last few years of Mom’s life she slowed down a little. At ninety, Mom stopped her lifelong tradition of Christmas stockings for every member of her family (25 or so). She decided her sons had received over the years enough work-gloves and work-socks for many harvests to come. At 91 Mom cooked her last harvest meals, knowing the “boys” would be well taken care of by Nadine, Darlene, and Wendy.

And at 92 she announced she was moving to the Villa in Assiniboia where she was greeted by a kind and friendly staff. She spent the next four years reading, enjoying new friendships, and often telling her children gleefully, “They do my cooking, my cleaning, and even my laundry.” Then she would often add, “I am so grateful!” (Still teaching us at 96.)

On behalf of Mom, we thank the amazing staff at the Assiniboia hospital. We admire your professionalism tempered with pure kindness. Thank You for your care.

NORMA IRENE had a long healthy, happy life! The Corman family will be welcoming Mom’s friends and family to a memorial at the Davyroyd School at a future time.

A family Celebration of Life will be held November 17, 2020 at Ross Funeral Chapel with Wendy Gibson DLM officiating. Tributes and slide show presented by the family. Urn bearer will be Justin Corman. Interment at the Davyroyd Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to the Assiniboia Union Hospital Auxiliary for the Palliative Care Society. Expressions of sympathy for the Corman family may be shared at Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK

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Clint Schrenk

November 20, 2020

Rip Norma.
My condolences to all the Corman family , My thoughts and prayers are with all of you . 🙏

Donna Ross

November 19, 2020

In behalf of Ron and myself I extend heartfelt sympathy to all Norma’s family. Our family’s go back a long way and I know that Bobby will be waiting with open arms to greet the love of his life. I remember meeting your Mom for the first time at a Roughrider game. She was so polite as your Dad interrupted her game to meet one of those Ross kids. I am happy she had such a full life and you all are blessed to have had her so healthy for so long. God Bless you all .

Grant & Roberta Blackwell

November 19, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Corman family on your loss. Norma was a kind and generous woman and showed all of us the value of going through life with a smile. Grant says she was the only teacher who had the patience to teach him anything! I remember her teaching me how to study when I was with Anne in grade six. She had a real gift and made a lasting impression.

Scott Fender

November 18, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the entire Corman family on Norma's passing.

Grant and Debbie Payant

November 17, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Norma's Family. She was a wonderful woman respected by all who knew her. We never saw her without a smile and Norma always had a kind comment when we met. She was always pleasant and sociable to be around. Norma was a willing volunteer in her Community Functions. Always, working and baking. Her personality will be sadly missed.

Dave Meagher

November 17, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Norma. We will remember her as a classy lady with a warm and generous personality.
Sincerest condolences,
The Meagher and Robinson families

Lori Anderson

November 16, 2020

Sincere condolences to the Corman family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have. She will live on in your hearts.

Lynn Wood

November 16, 2020

Sincere condolences to the Corman family. Our hearts & thoughts are with you in the passing of your Mom, Mother in law , Grandma & Great Grandma.
She was a grand lady. ❤️

Darlene Skalicky

November 16, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all the family
Kevin and Darlene Skalicky

Maureen Beauchesne

November 16, 2020

My condolences to all the Corman family , Norma was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you . 🙏 ❤️


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