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Subject: Norma Rae LANTZ
Date: 18 Jan 2005 21:36:54 -0700
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Surnames: LANTZ, BERGERSON, GEFROH, LANCE, TURNER
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Norma Rae Lantz
8/11/1931 - 1/17/2005
Lawton (Formerly of Kalamazoo)
Born in Moline, IL to Ray and Laura Bergerson on August 11, 1931. Norma Rae Lantz passed away on January 17, 2005. Norma attended elementary schools in Moline Junior and Senior High Schools in Topeka, KS; graduating with honors from Topeka High School in 1949. In addition to her studies she was an active member of the glee club. Attending Washburn University in Topeka she joined Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1953 with majors in Chemistry, French, and Spanish and qualified for a certificate as a teacher of secondary schools. Listed in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities," she worked part time and participated as a leader of sorority and school functions.
Following graduation, Norma taught high school for two years in Coffeeville, KS and participated as an actor in local theatre productions including "The Drunkard" and "Blithe Spirit." She received an appointment as a director of "Y" teen activities for the Iowa YMCA and taught one year at Indianola Iowa High School. After marriage to Mahlon L. Lantz Dec. 23, 1956, Norma devoted the majority of her time to family life; and to the care and education of their children, Stephen C. Lantz (1958 - 1979) and Valarie K. Lantz-Gefroh. Following the families move to Kalamazoo in 1959, she also worked as director of youth activities for Milwood Methodist Church, was a den mother to the local cub scouts, a brownie leader and a teacher of adult education classes in the fields of conversational French and Spanish. In 1980, she renewed her participation in the theatre by serving on the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Board of Directors and performing leading roles on the Civic Main Stage and at Ca!
rver Center in "Lady House Blues," " On Golden Pond," " Driving Miss. Daisey," "Steel Magnolias," " The Heiress," "Lettuce and Lovage," and in supporting roles in "Eccentricities of a Nightingale," "The Diviners," "A Killing Frost," "A Portrait of Mary," "Talking With." She also served as an assistant director on several productions. Other performance venues included: The South Haven Players ("Steel Magnolias"), Legend Theatre of South Haven ("On Golden Pond", "Night Must Fall," "The Whales August," "The Travel Agent" and "Graceland"), Knockabout Theatre ("Three Tall Women" and a one-woman show performed this spring, "Rose"). She and a companion presented numerous poetry readings at clubs and residence facilities. She appeared in several production for Cable Access and trained in technical capacities. Following the death of her son Stephen she authored a book "After Stephen, from Hurting to Healed" and served as editor of the couples publishing company, -ana Publishing. She!
also served as editor of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Magazine. Norma m
aintained a life-long interest in real estate and bought, managed and sold an apartment building and four condominiums. She also marketed a home and a lot inherited from her parents. A volunteer for Michigan State Libraries, Norma received several certificates as a reader of books for the blind. In service to her church, Norma was a trustee of the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. She worked for many years on the annual merchandise mart, which raised funds for local charities. She was a summer camp counselor for the youth and was in the first group of those trained as Stephen Ministers. An ardent traveler, Norma planned and organized the couples visits to most states in the Continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska; plus traveled to Mexico, several provinces of Canada, Isle of Malorca, to Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany. Other hobbies included bridge and bowling leagues. In 1990, the couple purchased acreage in Van Buren County and built a Victorian Home, Porte Co!
chere, and a large garage building. All interior planning, painting, tile work, and purchasing were performed by her. An enthusiastic herb and flower gardener, the landscaping bears her touch. Norma was preceded in death by her son Stephen C. Lance, her parents Laura and Ray Bergerson, and a sister Jacquine Turner. Norma was the proud Grandmother to Steven Alexander and Hope Evangeline Lantz-Gefroh of Rocky Point, NY. Visitation will be held at Truesdale-Ansell this Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 at the funeral home. The Family will hold a memorial service in Norma's honor in the spring. Donations may be made in Norma's name to the American Cancer Society. Reverend Douglas Vernon officiating. Internment Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Arrangements by:
TRUESDALE-ANSELL FUNERAL HOME
Westnedge at Milham
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 1/18/2005. (Posted by a volunteer-no family connection)