OBITUARY

Norma Dickstein

September 19, 1932February 19, 2019
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Norma Dickstein, 86 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Norma was proceeded in death by her son, Roy Allen Kraft and his wife, Carolyn Sue Kraft, as well as Norma's brothers, Joseph Ashkin and Jack Ashkin.

Norma is survived by her daughters, Meryl Dunleavy and Charry (Michael) Kennedy; grandchildren- Jason (Lori) Kraft, Joshua Kraft, James (Camille) Dunleavy, Matthew Kennedy, Macey Kennedy; great grandchildren- Hailey Kraft, Benjamin Kraft, Samuel Kraft, Sophia Kraft, Hudson Dunleavy, Greyson Dunleavy, and Caden Dunleavy.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in honor of Norma be made to the SPCA of Pennsylvania.

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  • SPCA of Pennsylvania

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Interment Friday, February 22, 2019
REMEMBERING

Norma Dickstein

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Michelle Gormley

February 21, 2019

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February 21, 2019

Nanette Arndts

February 20, 2019

My Dad and Norma’s friendship go back before I was born. She was a strong woman who would drive under any conditions, worked hard, even in the 60’s. She was a loyal and loving friend who was never afraid to speak her mind. I saw how broken she was at my Dad’s funeral service, even in my own sorrow.
I have so many fond memories, my family being invited to Thanksgiving, she was a tremendous cook. Her son Roy was as kind as he was handsome. Meryl was always sweet. I remember her youngest daughter being a red head. She loved her grandsons and raised them in addition to her own three children. I remember the beautiful old house in Elkins Park she lived in. I even remember Norma having a pet monkey, and always a dog. Losing my Dad, their friend Janet, and now Norma is like losing my childhood, but I will always have years of fond memories. I cherish that I grew up around loving people who were so open and a bit naughty in all the best ways.

Melody Arndts

February 20, 2019

My condolences to you and your family. My grandfather was so fond of Norma; always treating his friends and family out to lunch or dinner because he enjoyed the company. I will remember taking my grandfather to birthday celebrations and astounded by the risque jokes the older generation told [with loving hearts]. Norma stepped up to the plate despite her many losses. When one could have sulked in sadness for eternity, she embraced the storm! What a role-model to generations and her family to follow. May you be comforted by her memories and the blessings.

Jason Kraft

February 20, 2019

I loved my grandmom and I will miss her dearly.

She changed the trajectory of my life and my brother's life forever when she took us in and brought us back to our hometown and to our friends.

She showed no fear ever, and she taught her boys to be strong and to stick up for others and fight when we had to.

She taught us to be gentlemen and that women could be stronger and fiercer than men when they needed to.

She showed us that even when faced with the immense heartache of losing her own son, that she could pick herself up, keep going and find a way to live happy again.

She spoiled us and thought the world of us and convinced us we could do anything we wanted to. If we made mistakes she let us know it an if we did something great she lavished us with praise and told everyone she knew about our accomplishments.

She is the reason I married a strong woman. She gave me what I needed to raise great kids. She is the reason I have the confidence to take risks. She is the one who saved me more times than I can remember and that's how I'll remember her.

Jason Kraft

February 20, 2019

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