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Longtime Kasilof resident Norma Loretta Smith, 86, died Dec. 2, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna.
Norma was born Oct. 9, 1921, to Bernard H. and Lucy Regina Osterman in Nashua, Iowa. In her early years, she drove a streetcar in Los Angeles and worked at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif. She managed newspaper routes while her son delivered papers. She always worked where there was a lot of interaction with people -- a snack bar in a market, Osmar's Cannery in Kasilof and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in Valdez.
Norma moved to Alaska in 1974. She was an avid fisherwoman and will always be remembered to many as their "Alaskan Grandma."
She loved berry picking, bingo and quilting and was a master jelly maker. She loved designing and making ornaments with her daughter.
"Norma loved 'St. Theresa, the little flower.' She also loved the most holy rosary as she was a member of the Legion of Mary. Norma was the rock of our family and will be greatly missed. She will be remembered by her selfless examples and persistent faith in God," her family wrote.
Norma was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Charles Smith, in 1979; parents; brother, Bernard Osterman; brother in-law, Vincent Bloom; and husband, Terrence C. Smith.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Norma Daniels and her husband, John G. Daniels; granddaughter, Denali Daniels and her children, Jasmine and Trenton; granddaughter, Regina Davis and her husband, Scott Davis, and their children, Cory and Carly; grandson, Jason Daniels and his wife, Angie, and their children, Jace, Jrew, Olivia, Kayden, Kennedy and lssaiah; grandson, Zachary Daniels and his wife, Yvonne, and their daughter, Onaca, all of Soldotna; sister, Gertrude Bloom of Nashua; sister-in-law, Eileen Osterman of Redding, Calif.; nieces, Kay Link and her husband, John Link, of Mason Neck, Va., Beth Swyter and her husband, Roger, and Barb George and her husband, Don, all of Nashua; nieces and nephews, Dorothy and Robert Goetzinger of Hiawatha, Iowa, Nicholas and Pam Bloom of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kenneth and Kay Bloom of Cedar Rapids, Richard and Nancy Bloom of Ackley, Iowa, James and Barbara Bloom of Albuquerque, N.M., Steve and Kathy Bloom of Indianapolis, Marlene and Harold Larson and Beverly Scott and family, all of Escondido, Calif., Patti La Porte and family of Virginia, and Ron Osterman and family of Redding.
Donations in remembrance of Norma may be designated to the retirement fund for priests and sisters through Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 222 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna 99669.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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