Norma Francis Thomas
October 4, 1931 – October 18, 2019
South Dennis – Norma Francis Thomas (Palleschi-Doane), 88, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019 with her children by her side.
Born in Lynn, MA to Augustus and Anna (Cerone) Palleschi, Norma was raised by Salvatore Richard Marquardo after her father Augustus died during Norma’s infancy. Norma grew up in Swampscott, and while at Swampscott High School, was awarded a full academic scholarship to Nursing School, becoming a Registered Nurse employed by Salem Hospital. While in Salem, Norma would meet her first husband William A. Doane. In 1955, the couple moved to Dennis, MA, later settling in West Dennis. After William died in 1981, Norma started the Holy Trinity Singles Group, through which she met her second husband John R. Thomas, “Tom”. They were married in 1986 until his passing in 1992.
Ever devoted to God, Norma’s middle name Francis was given to her in honor of St. Francis of Assisi and throughout her life, she possessed a beautiful love of animals. One of her passions was gardening and took pride keeping her lawn immaculate. Norma was an independent woman, who never complained, and above all else held a steadfast love for her children.
Norma is survived by her son William Doane, her daughter Susan Doane, both of Dennis, her sister Louise Kidd of Gilford, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews on Cape Cod, the North Shore and nephews in Maine and North Carolina. Norma is predeceased her husband John R. Thomas, and her brother Robert Palleschi.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Norma’s name may be made to the Padre Pio Foundation of America at www.padrepio.com.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, October 27, 3-7 pm at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 28 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Cape, 468 Stony Brook Road, Brewster, MA 02631. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Dennis. Online condolences may be made at www.doanebealamesdennis.com.
- Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Family & Friends Gathering Monday, October 28, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, October 28, 2019
- Burial Monday, October 28, 2019
Norma Francis Thomas
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October 26, 2019
Aunt Norma, I shall always remember your beautiful smile and you had the best laugh.
You always made me feel special. A favorite memory was you bringing awesome Rice Krispy Easter baskets you made for all of us!
You were so filled with love and laughter. Such a bright light! Thank you for YOU.