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Margaret E. "Peg" Normann

June 11, 2019
Margaret  E. "Peg"  Normann
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Obituary for Margaret E. "Peg" Normann

Margaret E. “Peg” Normann, died peacefully on June 11, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born and raised in Providence, RI; she graduated from her beloved Lincoln School, but her heart lay in Bridgton, ME where she spent all her summers. Shortly after meeting her future husband, Conrad Neil Normann, while she was attending Vassar College, the two of them organized the inaugural Yale/Vassar Beer and Bike Race. This slightly too successful enterprise drew national attention and a large write up with photos in Life Magazine, upsetting the Victorian sensibilities of the day and almost getting her kicked out of school. As was her way however, she persevered and ultimately graduated with a BA in Drama. She and Conrad married in 1952 and settled in Bedford, NY. Somehow Peg managed to earn two Masters degrees, in English and in Recreation, while raising four busy children and acting as Town Coordinator for Senior Affairs, Chairman of the Girl Scout Council, President of the local International Exchange Program, a den mother, a girl scout leader, and the President of the PTA. In the 70’s she became the Assistant Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Bedford, for which she developed, oversaw and grew programs for three towns, three parks, three pools, three camps and a ski area. She played a central role in creating the Bedford Bikeways, and organized the town’s spectacular 300 person Tricentennial Celebration. She started a grant writing business, and this skill helped bring to fruition the creation of AHOME. She was one of the original incorporators and directors of AHOME, which continues to provide affordable housing for fragile populations to this day. Peg had long served St. Matthews Church as a Sunday School teacher, a choir facilitator and a longtime vestry member, and in the 90’s she was one of the first women in NY State to become an ordained Episcopal Deacon. She served with joy at The Church of the Holy Communion in Mahopac and at St. Marks Church in Mt. Kisco. Peg’s love for her family, friends and associates; her enthusiasm for life; her drive to help those in need, and her desire to leave the world a better place than she found it made her an incredibly special person who touched many lives. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her four children: Kristin Normann Mudge and her spouse Grant, Gretchen Normann Wierdsma and her spouse Derek, Conrad Neil Normann, Jr and his spouse Amy, and Parker Monroe Normann and his spouse Amy, and her eleven cherished grandchildren; Angus Mudge and his fiancé Lisa Fredette, Emmy Mudge; Garet, Ryker and Tilly Wierdsma; Conrad, Megan, John and Seth Normann; and Jacob and Addy Normann, as well as her nieces and nephews, her fourteen godchildren, and many dear friends. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in Bridgton ME. The family suggests sending memorial contributions to The Bridgton Historical Society, designated to Narramissic, PO Box 44, Bridgton ME 04009. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 14 at Church of Christ Congregational UCC, 12 Village Green, Norfolk CT.


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