Sunday, November 11, 2007

A new angel

Here's an new angel for you. His name is Norman.

He has just joined Heaven's angel band and is learning "the ropes" from his best friend, Mary.

Together they are smiling at some people, and shaking their heads at others, but as in life, Norm and Mary do not judge anyone. They leave that "awakening" to God, and to each individual.
Mary is always pretty silent, but Norman talks up a storm. He appears when least expected, adding his two cents to the occasion (but politely, he is NOT pushy), to make you think.
Norm thinks it is pretty neat that he can be in St. Louis, MO and Oswego, NY at the same time, visiting his family and friends and "keeping an eye on them". Mary just rolls her eyes and is sitting back, waiting for him to settle down and do some REAL exploring with her!
Ah, maybe someday I'll be an angel - hey Dad, put in a good word for me, okay?
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Norman M. Champion, aged 87, of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2007.

Born in Oswego, NY, he was a son of the late Marvin and Signe (Johanson) Champion. After graduating from high school, he worked at Ames Iron Works in Oswego.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served overseas in Okinawa as a surgical technician. Following the war he returned home to Oswego and applied to pharmacy school and was accepted to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 1951 and worked as a pharmacist in the St. Louis area for the next 41 years, retiring in 1991.
He would return home to Oswego every summer and meet with his baseball buddies and his family.
Norm was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary H. Champion; and three brothers, Charles, Francis and Nels all of Oswego.
He is survived by his sons, Michael (Cathy) Champion, Thomas (Joan) Champion, Timothy (Debbie) Champion, Patrick (Jeanne) Champion and two daughters, Kathleen Cervantes and Anne (Timothy) Simora, all of the St. Louis area; 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Betty Farrar of Baldwinsville, Philena Robarge of New Haven, Greta Noyes of Scriba, Jeannette France of Fulton; one brother, Neal Champion of Scriba; and many friends.
Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2007 from Kutis Affton Chapel and St. Andrew's Catholic Church, where a Mass celebrated Norman's life.
Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
He will truly be missed by all.

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2007 4:29 AM CST

1 comment:

CrochetPoet said...

Sorry to hear of the passing. It's also odd because my parent's names are Norman and Mary. My father is gone, but mother is still very much alive. My condolences to you.