Catherine Norman (September 18, 1947 - July 31, 2023)

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Catherine Norman
  • September 18, 1947
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  • July 31, 2023

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Cathy Norman was born September 18, 1947, and passed away peacefully Monday, July 31, 2023, with her children surrounding her.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Cathy was the second of six children born to Rev. John and Ruth Hess. They moved semi-frequently as the family of a preacher. The Reverend John was moved to a Methodist Church in Coshocton, Ohio, when Cathy was a freshman in high school. There she met her high school sweetheart and future husband Jim Norman. Cathy married Jim and received her LPN license on the same day, September 11,1966.

After vacationing on Siesta Key for multiple years, Cathy and Jim moved to Sarasota permanently with their three children in 1982.

She is survived by her three children, Lisa Ruth Klemeyer (Butch), Scott James Norman (Wendy), Josh Walker Norman (Jennifer); eight grandchildren, Anna Klemeyer, Kara Klemeyer, Lily Klemeyer, Cade Norman, Blake Norman, Julia Norman, Layne Norman, and Ryee Norman; her siblings…Carol, Cinda, Charles and Claire and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends representing all phases of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Norman, her parents John and Ruth Hess, and her brother Craig Hess.

As evidenced by the outpouring of those who knew her, her warm SMILE, and GENUINE welcoming SPIRIT were gifted upon anyone who happened to be in her presence.

Her early nursing years consisted of the labor and delivery department and then night shift orthopedic floor (so she would be available to raise her three children).  Cathy spent the last 29 years of her nursing career as a skilled, compassionate RN in the home IV therapy arena.  She was always more than just a coworker and caregiver.  Primarily devoted to her work and family, she also had the outside interests of orchid growing, world travel with friends, Jazzercise, and constantly tending to her home and keeping outdoor areas ready for family and guests.

Cathy leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity and will be most remembered by her warm and genuine smile. She touched those around her with that smile, interest in their lives, and love. She took pride in caring for others, not only in her career, but also in her personal life, and especially for her children and grandchildren. Her close and extended family felt her generosity as her home was always open. Gathering at Cathy’s for all occasions was a tradition known by many.

Grammie, as she was known by her eight grandchildren, was always available – from play days to attending various sporting events where she was a faithful fan, rides to school, sound advice from near and far, and everything in between. The connection she had with her grandchildren (Anna, Kara, Lily, Cade, Blake, Julia, Rylee, and Layne) was unmatched. Her lessons and light will endure.

She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota and took great pleasure in volunteering for the church where she coordinated The Salvation Army Angel Tree for the past decade and also led a feed the homeless team for Resurrection House.

A Celebration of Life will be at First United Methodist Church, 104 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota; Saturday, August 12, at 1:00 pm. The family will receive guests after the service at the church.  She will be laid to rest beside Jim in a family plot in Coshocton, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Mote Marine or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

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  1. Paula Barricklow says:
    15 Aug 2023
    I am so glad God brought Cathy into my life! She was a wonderful person and I will always be grateful for her friendship. I would like to be more like her but I fall short. Her kindness and care for others was remarkable. I will miss that big beautiful smile!

  2. Karla says:
    14 Aug 2023
    Cathy was my nurse for much of 2022 until she got sick this year. My husband and I considered her a gift. She was so kind and always took time to teach me how to better care for myself. She will be greatly missed. We are comforted by the thought that one day "God will wipe every tear and death will be no more." Rev 21:3,4. Our prayers are with her dear family.

  3. Allison and Derik Hamley lit a candle:
    12 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 12, 2023 at 8:59:40 AM

  4. Jan Yocum says:
    12 Aug 2023
    Cathy was someone that I always admired for her ability to always be there for anyone in need. Watching her raise her 3 successful children as a single mother when Jim passed away and then creating a beautiful relationship with all her children, their spouses and grandchildren is something we can all aspire to.
    As Cathy’s friend I always enjoyed seeing how happy she was with her family. I will always wish we could have had more lunch visits catching up on our busy lives. My heart goes out to all of you who will miss her dearly, we are all blessed to have had her in our life.

  5. Rick & Jane Parrish says:
    10 Aug 2023
    We always thought there would be more time together! You were such an example of a person, we wanted to be. You made everything better by your presence. You will be so missed!

  6. McMullen Family says:
    09 Aug 2023
    Cathy was one of the kindest, sweetest women ever, who was adored by her grandchildren and all who knew her. We will miss her smile and hospitality.

  7. Don says:
    09 Aug 2023
    A PK of the highest order. Springing from the parsonage love of her parents, Cathy and I had that special connection that 'parsonage people' share exclusively. Her pride in her parents, church, and her own family demonstrated the Love that her father preached. We arrived ahead of Cathy in 1977 and recall vividly their arrival and participation in the life of the Church. It was always a good day to see Cathy at Church and we would exchange knowing observations about preachers, sarasota and the world. As our generation slides into immortality, Cathy leaves behind a legacy of love in the lives of her children, grandkids and friends, too numerous to list. May the God of Love who brought you to us, celebrate your arrival as we celebrate your life among us. We were all privileged to have known you. Love.....Rev. Don and Peg Roberts

  8. Larry says:
    09 Aug 2023 wre one of the best ever and will always live in our hearts. And that smile. We have never met anyone whose smile cold melt steel. The world will miss it sorely...

  9. Diana Giasson lit a candle:
    08 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 8, 2023 at 8:36:55 PM

  10. Patricia Coxe says:
    08 Aug 2023
    You will all be my bestie. The laughs and secrets we shared made us feel like teenagers again. Your laugh and your smile are forever planted in my memory. It was just a privilege and honor
    to have you as my friend and you made me a better person. Working with you was always a pleasure and your caring for patients and coworkers was unmatched. I miss you more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for your presence in my life

  11. Connie Humble says:
    08 Aug 2023
    Cathy was the kindest, most generous, most caring person I have ever known. Her family and her patients were always her top priority and she loved them like no other. Her smile and her laugh were contagious.
    About 5 weeks ago we met for breakfast at Millie’s. It was a slow morning with only one other customer in our room. I paid and Cathy left the tip - a $35.00 tip. She said she felt badly as our waitress (without customers) would make little money that day. This was the last time we would be together and a wonderful lasting memory of my dear, dear friend.

  12. Carol C. Tapp says:
    08 Aug 2023
    To my best friend and my nurse. You were always there for me, as my friend or as my nurse. Your smiles brightened my days . Your kindness and caring ways, always carried me through each day and gave me the strength to continue to go forward. I will always miss you, my dear friend, and I will never forget you. In you, I will always see:
    The beauty of nature
    The strength of mankind and
    The Love of God
    May you rest in peace with our Savior.

  13. Beth Howell says:
    08 Aug 2023
    When I started working at Coram/CVS 5 years ago I was blessed with you knowledge and skills as a mentor. Since then you became my work rock, always with an answer to a problem, an encouraging smile and a positive outlook. You were always available anytime day or night and I feel lost with your absence. A remarkable woman who left a positive impact on everyone she met. You were special Cathy Norman, very, very special. I will miss you every day.

  14. Scott Parrish says:
    08 Aug 2023
    You were the best. When my parents asked us who we wanted to take care of us if anything ever happened to them- we all said: Cathy Norman. Thank you for always answering the phone laughing. Your happiness was contagious. You are so loved and will be so missed. Xoxo

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