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Norma L. (Wasinger) Allen

Published on -10/17/2012, 3:32 PM

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Norma L, (Wasinger) Allen, 82, Lakewood, Colorado, died Saturday, October 13, 2012. She was born April 21, 1930, in Hays, Kansas, to Frank S. and Mary (Kisner) Wasinger. She married Waldo (Bing) Allen in Virginia in 1953.

Survivors include her son, Bruce Allen, Denver, Colorado; daughter, Carolyn Butler, Denver, Colorado; two granddaughters, Sarah Butler, Hawaii, and Elizabeth Allen, Atlanta, Georgia; one brother Gregory Wasinger and his wife, Sylvia, Hays, Kansas; and one sister, Twila Sweeney and her husband, Tom, Littleton, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Fredolin (Fritz), Linus, Francis (Whitey), Bernard and Elmer James Wasinger; and four sisters: Christine Knoblauch, Marcella Matson, Henrietta Betthauser and Rita Roth.

Norma's family shared stories of Norma growing up in rural Ellis County. In 1939, her mother died. At age 9, Norma took over cooking and keeping house for her father and siblings, ranch hands and during the later part of World War II, the German prisoners who worked on the ranch. She attended Girls Catholic High School in Hays and was very excited to be chosen as a speaker at her 60th class reunion.

She always had a smile and kind words for all she met and never failed to tell someone she loved them, much to the embarrassment of her brother, Greg. She also served as the peacemaker among her siblings and other family members, as well as the de facto historian of the family, taking pictures with her little brownie box camera on family trips and many holiday gatherings.

She took great joy in being "Aunt Normie" to her many nieces, nephews and later grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She took interest and great pride in all their comings and goings. As the family historian, she always kept in touch with cards and could tell you who and where everyone was at any given time.

She enjoyed her work in later years as a caterer and gave generously of her time to her family, friends and her sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and made many contributions to Catholic organizations, veterans groups, wildlife organizations, Boys Town and the Alzheimer's Association.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home, 3101 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood, CO 80227. A family graveside memorial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas, at a later date.

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