Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 8, 2013

Anna E. Norris

TRAVERSE CITY — Anna E. Norris, 89, of Traverse City, died peacefully Monday morning, May 6, 2013, at Orchard Creek Assisted Living. Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Jenny (Tull) Raspe.

On Dec. 18, 1946, she married George Norris, who preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2004. Shortly after his death, Anna moved to Traverse City to be closer to family.

Anna was a proud veteran who served with the U.S. Women’s Army Corps during World War II, seeing service in England and France.

While living in Perry Hill, Md., Anna was employed by Perry Hall Senior High School as an assistant cook, a position that she thoroughly enjoyed while interacting with co-workers and students.

She always looked forward to her annual water plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1 with the Bethany Beach, Del., Polar Bear Club. Her interests were varied as she liked world traveling, gardening, walking and riding the Tart Trail on her adult tricycle, wearing her trademark straw hat.

Anna’s real dedication in life was to her children, grandchildren and family. She will be greatly missed, yet never far from our heart.

She is survived by her caring and supportive children, Wayne (Dottie) Norris, of Underhill, Vt., Brian (Linda) Norris, of Bethany Beach, Del., Lynn (William Long) Norris, of Louisville Ky., and Donna (Robert) Koltuniak, of Traverse City; three grandchildren; and one brother, Eugene (Grace) Raspe, of Debary, Fla.

In celebration of Anna’s life, a gathering will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cremation will follow. Her cremated remains will be laid to rest next to her husband at National Veterans Cemetery in Baltimore, Md.

The Norris family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Orchard Creek for the compassionate and loving care given to Anna.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Anna may so do by making contributions to Traverse Area Rail-to-Trail Conservancy in Traverse City, Mich.

The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at

Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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