Jan. 22, 1947-April 8, 2021
Portola Valley, California
Beloved teacher and mother, Norma Remke, passed away on April 8, 2021. Norma was born in East Detroit, Michigan. She moved to California, via Route 66, after earning her BA in Education at Michigan State University. She always said the decision was made to move to California after traveling across country to see Michigan State win the Rose Bowl. While attending San Francisco State University for her Masters in Special Education, she met her future husband on a blind date. They later moved to Mill Valley. Norma worked at St. Mary's Hospital helping adolescents in the McAuley Inpatient Unit. She loved providing care for children who needed it the most.
Norma and her family moved to Portola Valley in 1976, living in the same house in downtown for 40 years. Norma raised two children and worked as a Special Education teacher at Ormondale Elementary and Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley for 25 years. She was deeply involved in the Portola Valley community as a parent and teacher. She spent her time helping with her children's sporting events, scouting endeavors and giving that extra helping hand with school work. She always had time for you. Norma adored her students, coworkers, friends and family. She was a gifted teacher, mentor and loved by many.
After retirement, Norma's happiest moments were the births of her three grandchildren. She spent countless hours playing games, piecing together puzzles, dancing and singing with them. When she wasn't with her grandchildren, you could find her enthusiastically watching football and basketball. Norma will be greatly missed by her two children, son-in-law and grandchildren; son Scott Remke of Mountain View; son-in-law and daughter Nick and Lara Grant of Eugene, Oregon with Madison, Winter and Logan. A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley at 11 a.m. on July 24, 2021.