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Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home and Mt Lebanon Cemetery

11101 Saint Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO

OBITUARY

Norma Jean Van Sickle

February 18, 1934October 23, 2019

Norma Jean Van Sickle (nee Beutell) 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Beloved wife of the late William G. Van Sickle; loving mother of Denise (Greg) Arnold and the late Mark Van Sickle; dear grandmother of Brendon, Brittany (Brian), Brianna (Michael), and Danielle (Grant); great grandmother of Zachary, London, Tori, Brooklyn, Halyn, Lennox and Oscar; dear friend to many.

SERVICES: Memorial Gathering 11AM-12:30 PM Wednesday, November 27, 2019 followed by a celebration of life Service 12:30 PM. at ALEXANDER-WHITE-MULLEN Funeral Home 11101 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Ann, MO. Private interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials contributions may be made to Full Gospel of Christ Church 2333 Kingston Highway, Rome, GA 30161.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Memorial Gathering Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Memories

Norma Jean Van Sickle

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Sharon Standsh (Lawrence)

December 11, 2019

Oh my Gosh, for some reason I thought I should check google to see if she was doing well and still alive. I am her first cousin, daughter of Bernice Lawrence (Beutell). I so miss Aunt Dene, Norma's mother. Denney Lynn, I used to babysit you. I loved going to Normal and Bill's house on Winfield when I was small. Last year I moved to Washington State to be close to my son and his family. All my family is gone in St. Louis and now Norma! I, of course, was one of her dancers! God bless to Norma's children/grandchildren.
Love,
Sharon Standish

Chuck Bach

November 26, 2019

Miss Norma,

You changed the lives of so many by sharing your gifts and brought out the best in each of the artists that had the pleasure of being taught by a master. Thank you with all my heart for all the opportunities you provided to grow as a performer, learn as a student, be challenged as an artist and observe what high expectations can achieve. Each time I step on-stage, it is with you. May a chorus line of angels be raising their hats to you.
-Chuck Bach

Stephanie Janey

October 29, 2019

Ms. Norma got me out of my shell. She said I could do so much more if I pushed myself.....well she was right. I started practicing more of course pushing myself more in class. When it came down to it I got the Arabian Queen in Nutcracker because she believed in me. She also believed that I could do great in Miss Dance of St. Louis....no I didn't win but I got 4th runner up but I got that full scholarship to TCU for 2 weeks and she said she was proud of me. Ms. Norma was a MOM throughout my teen years and I will miss her greatly........there will be NO one like her ever!!! I love you and miss you!!!!

Amy Bishop

October 29, 2019

I feel so honored to have been a part of Miss Norma's family of dancers. I learned and grew in ways that I never could have appreciated until I was much older. Miss Norma was my teacher, my mentor, my second mom, and I am so lucky to have received so much of her knowledge, encouragement, and praise. She half-raised me, given the number of hours I spent at the studio, especially when rehearsing with the Joffrey guest artists. She was a strict task master in the most loving of ways, and she helped me to be the best dancer and person I could be. I have so many memories of being in the studio taking class, rehearsing, practicing again and again to get all the footwork, all the port de bras, and all the artistry. I owe Miss Norma a debt of gratitude that could never be repaid as she was integral in making me who I am today. Miss Norma, I hope you and my mom and dad are enjoying reminiscing about the Florissant Civic Center! Say hello to my forever prince, Greg H. Peace and love to you always.
Love, Amy Bishop

Susan Bradley Presnell

October 29, 2019

I love you Mrs. Norma and so heart broken to hear of your passing last night. My mother always said you raised me, and partially that is true. Everything you taught me has helped through life and I’m forever grateful for God putting us together and I’m so glad I was able to tell you that in person just a couple months ago. You’re a beautiful, confident, tough, classy, hard working woman. A great role model to so many. I’ll never forget how much Mr. Bill loved you. I always wanted a marriage like you two had. I’ll never forget either of you, and your dear Mark too, you’ll live forever in my heart and soul. RIP Mrs. Norma, as we say in the Navy, “We have the watch.” Thanks for the memories. Susan & Janet Daugherty (Normandy H.S. Class of 1952 alumni)

Danielle McCullough-Young

October 28, 2019

I have many fond memories from the years I spent at Beutell School of Dance and Gateway Ballet of St Louis. Miss Norma was a huge part of many of those memories. I’ll never forget the dance and life lessons learned. Thank you Miss Norma for the role you played in shaping me into the woman I am today.

Thelma Borowiak

October 28, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Norma. She's someone I think of quite often and will fondly remember forever. She was a big part of my dancing days and we were quite close during that time. She was so dedicated to her dance performances that she made me drive through wicked snow storms to attend practice. I ended up having to spend the night at her house, but she made sure I got to St Ann to practice as long as possible. And when I had to rehearse with guest Joffrey dancers, I practically lived at the studio. These and many other memories will live in my heart for ever, as will the memory of my wonderful dance teacher. You'll be missed, Norma, by me and many other dance students whose hearts you've touched. Love, Thelma Ruck (Borowiak)

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY