Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO


Norma Linke

October 24, 1935September 6, 2020

Norma Norine Linke (nee Gerstner), born October 24, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away suddenly at her cherished home in Creve Coeur, Missouri on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Loving mother of Gloria “Glo” Linke and Robert “Bob” Linke; treasured grandmother of Hunter Linke. Dear sister to Shirley (the late Roy) Gerdel, Ruth McMahon and the late Dianne Mardis. Adored aunt, great aunt, cousin, and friend to many. Reunited with her beloved husband of 53 years Glenn R. Linke and her parents Robert & Melba Gerstner.

Norma was a retired insurance broker and former teacher. She loved traveling, nature & reading. Norma enjoyed music and was proud of her youth violin performance in the Muny Opera “Sari”. She was president of a private and successful stock club for over a decade. However, it was her family and friends she valued most. Norma will be remembered for her kindness, thoughtfulness & cheerful outlook. Her wish for all was to embrace life and share love & happiness.

Visitation will be Friday, September 18, from 3-7 pm at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary 6464 Chippewa Street 63109. Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday, September 19, 10:30 am in Hoffmeister's Chapel. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your charity of choice.

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  • Visitation - Friday

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service - Saturday

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Committal Service - Saturday

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


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Pam Finch

September 18, 2020

Gloria and Bobby, I remember your sweet Mom from a long time ago when you were in Senior and Junior Kindergarten at Rohan Woods.
sending you love and sympathy at this sad time.
Mrs. Pam

Liz Schneider

September 18, 2020

We will always remember Aunt Norma's loving embrace and caring kisses...she definitely was the best hugger in town! She exuded warmth and comfort and brought cheer everywhere she went. We also loved spending the holidays with Aunt Norma, with great food, lots of laughter, and that mythical pickle hidden in the Christmas tree. We will miss these loving moments but her cheerful spirit and soothing nature will live on in our hearts and memories.

Love always, Liz, Lauren, and Maria

Karen Schneider

September 18, 2020

My memories of Aunt Norma will always be her calm, caring and loving nature. She always had hugs and kisses to give and made everyone feel loved and welcome. Over the years, Aunt Norma also managed to win the hearts of our family pets. Our dogs would find comfort from her voice and soothing ways , even though they were cautious around most people. She had the magic touch!
We love you Aunt Norma and are thankful you were part of our lives. We will miss you.

Greg Bast

September 18, 2020

I've always felt very fortunate that my parents were members of the club because with the club we had a large extended family. Norma was the hugger of the family you always knew that Norma was happy to see you because she give you a great big giant hug. Norma we're all going to those hugs and we're going to miss you even more.

Elizabeth Johnson

September 17, 2020

We loved our Aunt very much. In a family where everyone is family she stood out. It was hard to get our kids to leave her house. I know she is waiting for us with the Lord and a delicious casserole and a hug!

Matt Johnson

September 17, 2020

Everything seemed brighter when Norma was around. She seemed to make everybody feel better. This affect was most apparent with grouchy dogs and colicky babies all who melted and cheered up when she appeared. I will miss her a great deal.

Linda Bast

September 17, 2020

Last year at Black River Lodge our cabin was next door to each other, so every meal when the bell rang we would walk to the dinning hall together. Usually we were arm in arm, laughing about something. I will miss all our times together. She was a wonderful friend for sixty years. We were blessed to have her in our lives.

Lisa Rabbitt

September 16, 2020

My cousin Joyce Walker puts it perfectly: “She [Norma Linke] was easy to love. “

My Aunt Norma and I were “partners in crime” at the art museum. She was one of the few who actually enjoyed visiting the exhibits there. For her birthday one year I arranged a private showing of some prints from the St. Louis Art Museum’s collection. A fellow classmate from art school worked in the print department there and I had Anne Marie pull some prints she thought my Aunt would like to view. Along with some very nice Japanese prints Anne Marie had managed to bring out a 500-year-old Rembrandt etching that had been in storage the last decade. We were both afraid to breathe on it as we were literally only inches from it—without a frame or even some glass between us and the etching. Both of us remembered that experience years later.

She loved the Art in Bloom shows there...we spent hours looking at flowers In combination with art. She spent hours more in the Asian section pouring over the ceramics and the English porcelains—things I wouldn’t have looked at. And she had to see it all, we couldn’t pass up anything. Oh, let’s just see one more....

She also loved live theater and music. I was privileged to see a number of the Repertory plays because of her.

My aunt was one of a kind, and kindness itself. She made an impression on even people she only met briefly. “I wasn’t around her much, but I fell in love with her right away, “ says my cousin Joyce. She was the heart of the family.

She will be missed by all.

Janet Bast

September 16, 2020

I remember the first time I met Norma 31 years ago at Black River Lodge, she said I'm a huger. I said good me too. I remember her hug made me feel welcomed and loved instantly. And every time after that feeling only grew stronger. Her laughter always brought joy to my heart. I will miss her hugs, laughter and love. Thank you Norma for being a part of my life. Love you, Janet Bast

Brenda Bruder

September 12, 2020

I have very fond memories of Norma. From Table Rock Lake and our camping and boating. She was always In a great mood and laughing. I grew up knowing Norma. I will miss the times at Black River Lodge. I will miss her greatly.

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