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Norma Jean (Waldahl) Thurber, age 78, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, July 22, 2021. She was born December 25, 1942, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the late Marvin and Florence (Rector) Waldahl. Norma married Richard Clinton Thurber on September 27, 1978, in Grand Rapids, MI. Together they celebrated 37 years of marriage, before Richard passed away on July 8, 2016.

Survivors include her four children, Chuck (Shelly) Graves, Wayne Graves, Laura (Leonard) McGuire, Carlena Graves DeBoer, and Bret Graves; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Ann Cain.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; and son, Kenneth.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 3:00 P.M. at Laura and Leonard McGuire’s home, 3843 32nd Street, Hamilton, MI 49419. Per Norma’s wishes cremation has taken place and her remains will be buried with her husband, Richard, at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Wings of Hope Hospice for the care and compassion they have shown them and Norma throughout this difficult time.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Pat Zoulek on July 22, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I want to express to all of you how deeply sorry I am in the loss of your Mom. I knew from the first time I met her she was a true gem

  2. Alison Harris on September 27, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Norma ,
    we will miss you see you at church meal I was down about to cry because someone took my gave me your blanket it meant so much to me how special i was .

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