Marie Theresia (Berner) Normington

Born: Wed., May 4, 1921
Died: Wed., Mar. 12, 2014

Recitation of the Rosary

10:00 AM Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moscow

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moscow

Interment following funeral service

Location: Moscow Cemetery

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Marie Theresia Berner Normington

May 4, 1921 – March 12, 2014

Marie Theresia Berner Normington was born May 4, 1921 in Rockford, Washington; along with her twin brother Marcellus Berner.  Marie was the oldest daughter of Anna Fleckenstein Berner and Peter Berner.  Marie died on March 12, 2014 at the age of 92.

Marie grew up on a small family farm in the Rockford area with her 7 brothers and 1 sister.  During the 9th grade her mother, Anna, became ill and Marie stayed home to take care of the large Berner family.  After several months her mother returned home; Marie then went to work at the hospital in Colfax, Washington, and paid off her family’s debt.  This took another 18 months and she was never able to return to school.

During WWII, Marie was employed at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.  She painted WWII planes and was crew leader.  During this time she met Melvin Normington, who was stationed at Fort Lewis Army base.  They were married after the war on September 18, 1947.

The couple moved to Moscow, Idaho and raised 4 children there.  Marie was an active parishioner in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She belonged to St. Bernadette’s Guild and enjoyed the meetings and activities with her friends.  Marie loved to embroider and read.  She canned many vegetables from the garden Melvin grew as well as baked bread, cinnamon rolls and many delicious desserts.  Marie was also a Girl Scout leader and active with St. Mary’s School.  She is remembered as a loving mother who was involved with her children and their friends.  Throughout her life she sacrificed, putting the needs of others before herself.  Kind and generous, she had a good sense of humor that saw her through many of life’s ups and downs.  Her faith was very important to her.

After Melvin died in 1994, Marie moved to Pendleton, OR, and lived at Sunridge Retirement Community for 15 years.  She later moved to Ashley Manor in Pendleton. 

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Normington of Moscow, Idaho, and her parents Peter and Anna Fleckenstein Berner.  Also preceding her in death were her brothers: Marcellus of Rockford, Washington, Joseph, Leo, Medard and Conrad Berner all of Spokane, Washington; Steven of Chicago, Illinois; Lawrence of Moses Lake, Washington and sister Gertrude “Trudy” Berner Mattausch of Rosalia, Washington. 

Survivors include her children: Marvin Normington (wife Misty) of Spokane, Washington and his sons Seth and Sam and his family; Margaret Normington-Jones (husband Michael) of Pendleton and their children Casey and Katheryn and their families; Mary Campbell (husband Steven) of Fresno, California and their children Eric and Jennifer and their families; and Maureen Richardson (husband Thomas) of Butte, Montana and their children Kathryn, Todd and Michelle and their families.  Marie is also survived by seven great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews, family and friends.  She will be missed by everyone.

Services will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, March 28th.  Rosary will be recited at 10 AM, Funeral Mass at 10:30 with burial at Moscow Cemetery.  A luncheon at the church will follow services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School in Moscow, Idaho, St. Mary’s Outreach in Pendleton, Oregon or any food bank of the donor’s choice.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, Oregon handled arrangements. 


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Virginia Beebe
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
To the family of Marie loved to visit with her at SunRidge Retirement. My mom and Marie shared the same dinning table and enjoyed each others company. May you all reflex of loving memories of Marie and family gathering. Prayers of healing from your lose as you and friends gather in her memory in Idaho.

Karin Power
   Posted Wed March 19, 2014
Thank you Marie for all the blessings you brought to this world. Reading about the sacrifices you made gives me a little better understanding of how your children came to have such amazing character. You will be missed, but not forgotten.

kathy (Normington)Cramer
   Posted Wed March 19, 2014
One of the sweetest Aunts Ive ever had. I will never forget going to Your house and playing with all the Games you had in that closet. Fun times and Good times with my cousins and yes your wonderful cookies. Love and sure will miss Your beautiful face. God Bless

kelly vaughn
   Posted Thu March 20, 2014
I had the priveledge of of caring for marie at Ashley manor,marie was a very special lady and friend the staff and I all miss her very much I enjoyed my visits with her the facility isn't the same without her also we will miss marge coming in daily may the lord bless you all rip my friend
sincerely, Kelly Vaughn

Nora Lee Holdman
   Posted Fri March 21, 2014
My mother,
Celeste Temple, was a table mate of Marie's for many years at Sunridge. She enjoyed the companionship of the people at her table for many years and hated to move away. Marie will be remembered.

Karen Allen
   Posted Mon March 24, 2014
Marie was such a sweet, special person. She really made it much easier for Don's mother when she first moved next to her at Sun Ridge. She was my go-to person to find out what was going on. I know that she will be really missed by her family and friends.

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