As published in the West Hawaii Today
Norma Lathrop passed away on March 1, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia, after a courageous battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Beloved wife for 45 years of the late Jim Lathrop, Norma is survived by her brother Bill Dorn and his wife Sue (Medina, Ohio); and nieces Sheila Ann Walchli (Medina, OH) and Sandra Lynn Dorn (Hopedale, OH). She was predeceased by her niece Deborah Salsgiver.
Norma was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1937. During her academic years in Cleveland, she majored in elementary education, receiving a Bachelor of Science from Flora Stone Mather College, Western Reserve University in 1959 and a Master of Science from Case Western Reserve University in 1966. For the next 14 years, Norma taught in the Ohio public school system first in Cleveland and then in Berea.
She moved with her husband to Jamestown, NY in 1973 where she spent some 15 years as an account executive with TRW Bearings Division of MRC which was later acquired by SKF, an aerospace bearing manufacturing company.
She and her husband retired Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii in 1999 where Norma was a member of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, volunteered at the local library, obtained a Master Gardener Certificate from the University of Hawaii and enjoyed her hobbies of painting and making pottery in her home studio and growing orchids in her garden. She turned her watercolors of the islands into cards- orchids for the Daifukuji Orchid Club, coffee growing for the Kona Historical Society and orchids for the Na ‘Aina Kai Gardens (Kauai).
In August 2009, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads became home to Norma and her husband. She was active in the Art Program, continuing her work in painting and ceramics along with ikebana style flower arranging.