February 19, 1948 – June 1, 2018
Norton, Joanne Dr., 70, of Coconut Creek, went to be with the Lord June 1, 2018. Joanne was born February 19, 1948 in Queens, New York to the late Alexander and Lucy (Castelluccio) Franzone. She earned her PhD in Christian Psychology at the Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, LA. She was self-employed as an independent counselor and worked for many years as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She volunteered at the Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center. Joanne had an immense love for Jesus and she was a student of the Bible. She enjoyed singing to praise and worship the Lord. She was co-founder of Maranatha Christian College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 25 years, Kevin Norton, sons, Adam (Nikki) Greenfield, Alexander Norton, Anthony Norton, grandchildren, Eden Greenfield, Adam Greenfield, Silas Greenfield, step-daughters, Jill Greenfield, Lynn Lax, brother, Alexander Franzone, sister, Rosemarie Franzone and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00 - 1:30pm Riverside Church, 957 North Rock Island Road, North Lauderdale where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 1:30pm.
- Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
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June 18, 2018
Dear Kevin, I'd like you to know that today at the funeral, you exhibited a grace, a peace and a strength that can't be faked. It clearly defied human grief and tragedy and I believe that it could only come from an immense amount of Bible Doctrine metabolized in your soul. Additionally, I got to see a Joanne I never knew. I saw that before she got sick, she was really quite beautiful, vibrant and dynamic and evidently she was also a professional quality singer. Wow, I never knew that. When you started speaking about it and said that we would see videos, I honestly expected it to be a typical situation wherein "the family thinks someone is great" ...yet when we hear it, we cringe. Not the case here! She really was professional level!
I also learned that Anthony is an amazing individual as well. He sounded like a much older and more mature person than his chronological age would foretell. He displayed such a powerful composure during what was surely a painful time for him. I was deeply touched and I found myself crying from several of the things he said and the maturity level they reflected. He has obviously absorbed a tremendous spiritual and intellectual heritage from both you and Joanne.
Today, I was blessed to encounter a true manifestation of the supernatural results that faith and a real relationship with God and His Word can produce. In what most people would have expected to be a sad and somber event, I actually found today to be surprisingly comforting and uplifting. I truly did not expect that and it spoke volumes. Glory to God and blessings to you and your family.
June 12, 2018
I first met Joanne at First Presbyterian Church of Margate, we were both in an Easter play. We became instant friends and remained friends for many years. Joanne loved Jesus and I know she is with Him today singing praises to Him with her beautiful voice. Joanne helped me a lot with my children when they were growing up, mentoring me as a mom and always supportive of me when times were good and not so good. I was her LaGina. We would take her mom Lucy to church sometimes and what a doll she was! Joanne took after her in so many ways and was a very devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. There were many Bible studies that we attended that Kevin and Joanne headed up and I learned so much about the love of God through both of them. Kevin please know that I am praying for the Lord to comfort you and your family during this time as I know she was/is your best friend. She was very special to me as well and I look forward to the day when we can all be together again praising God and laughing and singing in HIS presence. May His peace be with you.
June 11, 2018
Dear Kevin, meeting and knowing Joanne and you, and witnessing your mutual unconditional love and compassion was absolutely beautiful and heartfelt experience. Joanne was such a gentle and loving spirit, that just holding her hand, or looking at her eyes would bring surge of love and peace in ones heart. This is the time to reflect on her beautiful soul, to celebrate her life, and that she was part of our lives. But, there is a sadness for loosing such unique loving soul and women from our dimension of existence. But, she is now back to source of our creation, peace, love and power, and I am sure her spirit is blissful to be back home. Please receive my condolences for loosing your wife, and also sending you and Joanne's spirit much love, compassion, and gratitude. Ela
June 11, 2018
You and Joanne will always hold a very special place in our hearts.
What an awesome friendship we shared for so many years!
We know that this life is but a shadow...and believe that someday very soon we will all be together for eternity with the Lord. Joanne often spoke of the special reward the Lord has in store for those who are anxiously awaiting His appearing...Joanne lived in that great expectation and hope of His soon return.
I know she must be having the time of her life!
Love and Blessings Always...
Bruce and Sharon
June 11, 2018
It was a very nice celebration, Kevin, that you arranged for Joanne.
We were glad to be present.
Many happy memories were shared; showing how much Joanne not only WAS loved, while with us on Earth, but how ALIVE Joanne is still in everyone's heart, and life.
God bless you and your family, Kevin.
Love and prayers,
Peter and Atlanta
June 9, 2018
Another angel has found her wings and in the arms of God. I do believe in angels and they touch many lifes. I've been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to become special friends with Joanne, Kevin and Anthony on this journey. Kevin your love , devotion and compassion helped Joanne and Anthony during these times. I mentor you. You always have a smile. Joanne is in a special place beyond the skies above, somewhere very peaceful that is full of light and love. Safe with all the angels, for they only take the best. She'll be watching over and protecting those left behind that she loves. Always caring and giving strength. My best memories of my friend leaves me with an afterglow of Smiles, happy stories, laughing times , bright sunny days and rainbows. I will miss my friend Joanne. With much affection
Olivier & Matilde Withoff
June 9, 2018
I will miss Joanne as a dear friend. Matilde.
June 9, 2018
Joanne was/is special because not only were we friends but we share grandchildren. She is a lover of music, which her son, my son-in-law, Adam has inherited. At our children's engagement
party she and I sang a song (she claims I hogged the mic, which, if I did it's because I was nervous 😁).
The song was Sunrise, Sunset. Here are part of the words:
Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears...
The years have flown by and they have been laden with happiness and tear. Those tears are now wiped away by our Lord
She is gone from here but forever in the presence of our Lord and Savior and I believe He is thoroughly enjoying her worship singing to Him. Sing On!
With all my love, my friend❤️
June 9, 2018
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down on us to know they are happy. May the love of Joanne shine upon Kevin, her children and grandchildren and comfort them always. Love, Mike and Nadine Norton
June 8, 2018
Since February 19, 1948, Heaven was missing an angel; as of June 1, 2018, Earth is now missing an angel, but her halo remains. Thank you, 'sister'. Love always, Maureen and Glenn
June 8, 2018
Kevin, Adam, and family I am so sorry for your loss. My fondest memory of Joanne is leading worship with her at a women's Bible study at our church for part of a year. She kept trying to convince me to "go on the road" with her. Joanne was one of a kind. She will be greatly missed by all who she touched.
June 8, 2018
My Beloved Joanne...
What can I say ? Joanne was / IS my everything ! I was nothing until Joanne.
Joanne ("God's Gracious Gift") was Father God's way of winking to me and saying...
"Kevin, I know you, and know exactly what you need to be completed & blessed... her name is Joanne".
May 4th 1993 my world was turned upside down (when we met visiting a mutual friend at the hospital).
It was love at first sight !!! Together we grew in our walk with the Lord raising Adam, Alex & Anthony.
So many great memories together as a family... Disney World, Skiing in Colorado, snorkeling at Key West,
visiting in Uruguay many times, cruising the Caribbean and so many super times. The best times were our quiet times : hugging, kissing and just being together singing and enjoying the simple moments. THE LAST FEW DAYS WERE THE MOST PRECIOUS... JOANNE'S BEAUTY AS A PERSON & AND VESSEL OF GOD GLOWED THE MOST I HAD EVER KNOWN AS SHEW CAME CLOSER TO JESUS' ARRIVING FOR HER! Supernatural !
Joanne taught me how to love and be loved. She is the most spectacular influence on my life... no greater person have I ever had the honor to be with. Dr. Joanne Norton. Wow !
Joanne... I miss you horribly honey... get our "love nest" prepared for our eternal "love fest" to continue in Heaven.
You are The BEST !!!
Adoringly In Love with You Sweetheart Forever
P.S. Anthony sends hugs & kisses (… he is keeping me together, our little man is a reflection of you).
I have spent the last 25 years blessed to be able to grow daily in appreciation of this very special masterpiece of God. Beautiful... inside and out.
I can attest that Joanne privately was everything friends & family enjoyed publicly.
Joanne had no enemies... all that met & knew her, loved her... 1 in 7 billion... if you encountered Joanne, you were blessed to have been close to the love of God.
June 6, 2018
1999 Joanne led me to the Lord. I will be forever grateful, I still carry the Gideons Bible she gave me signed and dated 1999. She was at the salon and I told her I was pregnant. She said to me ( don't worry just know that God is in control.) She was talking about a prior miscarrage , but it was like God was talking through her to me because a few months later Andrew was born with severe brain damage.
She wanted Andrew to know that Jesus loved him. When he was very young she would sing and pray with him. He is now 19. Because Joanne's love for the Lord ,she changed my life without really knowing how much of an impact she had on my Christian Life.
Kevin may God's grace comfort you.
With much love