Norma McLeodMarch 07,2013
July 23, 1920-March 4, 2013
NORTHFIELD — On July 23, 1920, Norma (Bredoli) McLeod, a daughter of Italian immigrants, was born in Montpelier, just across the river from the granite sheds where her father worked as a granite carver. Along with her father and mother, Norma shared the home with sisters Emma (Wolynec) and Enes (Gibson).
Not long before the war, Norma’s bubbly personality and love of dance and adventure caught the eye of a young Barre man, George McLeod. Son of Scottish immigrants, George courted Norma, marrying her on his return from service on Oct. 12, 1945.
George and Norma had three children: Douglas, who lives in Alto, N.M., with his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Lesley, who lives in Barre with her husband, Paul Poirier, and who is the mother of Aimee and Jeffrey; and John, who lives at Story Ranch in Las Vegas, N.M., with his wife, Cindy, and children Naomi, Rafael and Eliza.
Norma and George raised their young family in Northfield, Vt., while they worked at Norwich University. They could regularly be seen skate-dancing at the local rink, playing a round of golf, and participating in Shrine activities.
For many of their latter years, George and Norma were wrapped in the warmth of Florida’s climate. Returning to Vermont, Norma lost her lifelong partner, George, in 2005. She spent a number of years at the Gardens in Williamstown and her last year back in Northfield at Mayo Healthcare.
Until the end, Norma continued to make friends among residents and staff through her humor, character and personality. She leaves behind two great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and lifelong friends. Norma will be missed.
A memorial service to celebrate Norma will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the First Presbyterian Church in Barre. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church at 78 Summer St., Barre, VT 05641.
There are no calling hours.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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