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Norma Rabideau

Norma Jean Rabideau (Kohl)

Friday, September 6th, 1935 - Monday, July 27th, 2020
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84, of Gagetown passed away peacefully Monday, July 27, 2020 in her home. She was born September 6, 1935 in Sebewaing to Roland and Viola (Sting) Kohl.

Norma was baptized in St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bach. She graduated from Sebewaing High School with the Class of 1953. After high school, she moved to Bay City and worked at Jacques Restaurant as a waitress. In September of 1957, Norma married and began the journey that would become her most treasured job, that as a mother. In the early years of raising her family she managed and owned The Ashmore Store. In 1963, they moved their family to the 80 acre farm in Gagetown where she would live for the remainder of her years.

Norma loved to “live off the land” and produced much of the family food. Her work ethic was beyond compare. Norma raised animals, sewed many of her children’s clothes and made sure her children were involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. She was her children’s biggest fan and never missed an athletic event, dance or piano recital. In 1976, Norma began a part time position with the respiratory therapy department in Hills and Dales General Hospital. Over the course of the next 17 years, she was promoted to head of the department and earned her Registered Respiratory Therapist Degree.

After her retirement in 1993, she continued to do all of the things that she enjoyed and more. Always an avid bowler, she continued on two leagues, as well as, two golf leagues for many years. She traveled with her team to state tournaments, Las Vegas and numerous casino trips. All who knew Norma were aware of her passion for gardening. Much of the summer she could be found working in her significantly large garden. She was also very talented with crocheting and created countless blankets for her family and many others, her hands were rarely still. A devoted baseball fan, she enjoyed watching the Tigers and the Padres. Norma was always eager to travel, anywhere! If a friend or family member wanted to plan a trip, she was always ready to go.

Norma loved to serve others. She acted as the Elmwood County Treasurer for four years and was an active member and treasurer of St. Agatha’s Women’s Society, sharing her time and talents for over 20 years. Norma lived her life to the fullest, however, nothing she did could compare to the passion she had for her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were by far her greatest joy and her remarkable legacy will live on forever through her family.

Norma is survived by her children: Ricky Rabideau, Randy Rabideau, Deborah Leasher, Tammi (Brian) Roberts, Shelly (Scott) Miller; fourteen grandchildren: Courtney Rabideau, Carly (Andrew) Yocius, Casey Rabideau, Grant Rabideau, Ethan (Kassandra) Leasher, Devon Leasher, Aaron Leasher, Samantha (Matt) Jezierski, Taylor Roberts, Madison Roberts, Brandon (Renee) Miller, Cole Miller, Dylan Miller, Dustin Miller; six great grandchildren: River Miller, Isabel Miller, Haley Jezierski, Berrek Wroubel, Ayla Miller and baby Jezierski due in November; sister, Joyce (Hugh) Hagerman; brother, Larry (Sue) Kohl; brother-in-law, Harlan Rabideau; sister-in-law, Nancy Rabideau and special friend, Howard Hergenreder. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Beatrice (Larry) Hool; in-laws, Gerald (Evelyn) Rabideau, Jean (Clarence) Marecki, Phyllis Rabideau, and James Rabideau.

A special thank you to Norma’s sister, Joyce Hagerman for her loving care during the past month, as well as, the Compassus Hospice nurses whose care was greatly appreciated.

Visitation will take place Friday, July 31, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City. Graveside service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. in St. Agatha Cemetery, Gagetown with Fr. Christian Tabares officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Agatha Cemetery Fund (OLC/perpetual) or the St. Agatha Food Pantry. Friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

In accordance with the current state mandate regarding COVID-19, social distancing and limitations on numbers gathered will be observed. Attendees are also kindly reminded to wear a mask or other facial covering while inside the funeral home and at graveside.

Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 10:00am
    St. Agatha Cemetery
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    Rev. Christian Tabares
  • Interment

    St. Agatha Cemetery
    4816 S Street
    GAGETOWN, MI 48735
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Posted at 11:43am
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Posted at 11:21am
Norma was SO much fun to play Euchre with and Aunt Vivian really enjoyed playing, too. When I think of her it's always of her smiling and saying something funny. And she had so much energy to keep that garden going, man alive I still can't believe how big it was! She also did so much for the church and made all those cute dresses to send to little girls in other countries. She's like the Energizer Bunny : )
I will miss her very much, but am glad to have known (and been inspired by) her. She is an Angel!!!!

This pic is from Cheeseburger, 2016.

Shelly Posted at 10:11am

Deena - My mom enjoyed her time spent with you and Aunt Vivian also. Thank you for the nice memories.

Jane Nelson

Posted at 11:09am
Norma was one of the special "sports team moms" who made me feel so welcome to Cass City when I came there as a Rotary Exchange Student over 40 years ago. I will always remember her kindness to a stranger from half way around the world and feel so blessed to have reconnected with Tammi and spoken to Norma in recent years. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Shelly Posted at 10:15am

Hello Jane - Thank you for the kind message for my mother. She enjoyed the time when you came to Cass City and played sports with us girls. We had some good times.

Patricia MacConnel

Posted at 01:18am
We grew up together, being cousins we attended many family gatherings. We graduated high school n 1953, along with Beatrice. Our lives changed and we no longer lived close, but did keep in touch. A few years ago we got together in Sebewaing for a visit and had a great time reminiscing, along with classmate Elaine Loeffler Martin (now deceased). My condolences to the Family. May the Lord be with you. Patricia Mill MacConnel

Shelly Posted at 10:17am

Patricia - Thank you for the nice memories of my mom. She did love getting together with her classmates and making new memories.

Joan Lenz Kuhne

Posted at 07:55pm
A very good friend from High School. I remember the Sunday I was able to take the car for a drive...snow was blowing...instructions were do not go over to BACH...of course as a teenager I thought I could do that anyway .so went over to see Norma & Beaty. Had to be home at a certain time so I took this one road and got stuck. The farmer helped me get unstuck and was a little late getting home. Not sure is that farmer every told my dad or not. Other good times we had singing as loud as we could all those good old country songs as we drove around in the car. I am pleased to have reconnected again these past few years. She and I talked about how we appreciated all the great care our family was providing us at this time. I am still homebound so will be unable to attend services. May God provide each and every one of you Peace and Comfort .

Shelly Posted at 10:20am

Joan - Thank you for sharing all of your nice memories of our mom. Now I know why us girls did some of the things we did and did not tell our mom. You make me wonder if she also knew some of the things we did and never mentioned it to us. Ha Ha - Great memories can never be taken away from us.

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