Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Marshall Gowland Manor on Sunday, May 5, 2013, Norma Handy passed away at the age of 76. Born Aline Normande Laurette Desgroseilliers on February 12, 1937, in Rouyn, Quebec to parents Eugene and Juliet (Beauvais) Desgroseilliers. Sisters Mariette (deceased), Madeleine, Simone, Marianne (deceased), Jacqueline, Gaston (deceased, Jeanne d’arc, and Raymond. Norma lived in several northern communities before settling in the former town of Bluewater with her family. It was here that she met her beloved husband Howard Harvey Handy (1936-1984). They married, lived and raised a family in Sarnia. Predeceased by her first born son Brian Harvey Handy in 1979 and survived by children Michael Howard Handy and wife Jenny Gulley, Julie Lynn Sharpless and son-in-law Todd, and Richard (Rick) Dale Handy. Loving Me’mere to grandchildren Brian Handy, Lauren Handy, Carmen Handy and Riley Sharpless.
Norma spent her life as a home-maker and worked with husband Howard running Willfred Painting Ltd. and No-How Maintenance Service. She also worked many years as custodian at Bluewater Health. Norma loved life, friends and family. She enjoyed Bingo and puzzles and dancing at the Bridge Tavern. She enjoyed needlepoint, knitting and sewing and cake decorating. She routinely made her own clothes and those for her children. Norma faithfully attended St Joseph’s Church and loved to dress regally and wear pretty hats. Her home was always open to friends and family and filled with love and laughter. She was kind and considerate and giving to everyone whom she met. Norma absolutely cherished all of her children and grandchildren; made evident by garnishing her home with hundreds of framed photos of her family. Another Angel in Heaven.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with prayers being offered at 8:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at St. Thomas D’Aquin, 895 Champlain Rd., Sarnia. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca