Norma L. Joseph88, bookkeeper, loved arts and literature

By on June 20, 2012

Norma L. Joseph, 88, of Lititz, formerly of King of Prussia, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Moravian Manor.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Olive (Bardsley) Miller. She was married for 40 years to G. Ralph Joseph, who passed away in 1986.

Norma was a 1941 honors graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She worked as a bookkeeper for the former East Falls Chemical Corporation, retiring from there in 1993. Norma was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairview Village for over 40 years. She was an avid reader and was a member of the alumni association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls.

Throughout her life, Norma was intrinsic to the happiness of those around her through her sense of humor, often bending language to better suit the occasion and caring, by extending her heart and home to grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who became her own. Norma’s home was alive with love, art, music, literature and film. She loved traditions and brought verve and fun to the preparations, often making them better than the event itself. We will miss her intelligence, insight, wit, humor, affection and deep, deep love.

She is survived by her daughter: Mary Lou, wife of Jesse Alvarado, of Texas; her son: Brian, husband of Dianne Tischler, of Lakeview, Minn.; a brother: James Miller, of Barnsboro, N.J.; six grandchildren: Hannah, Heidi, Kathi, Krista, Matthew and Sarah; four great-grandchildren; and many extended family.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: David Miller and Paul Miller; a sister: Phyllis Cassidy; and her daughter: Phyllis-Jane Stetser.

A funeral service was held on June 18 at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, with Rev. Kim Guiser officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Norma’s memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1190 Valley Forge Road, Norristown, PA 19403.

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