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Norma Joan Stastny, age 83, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Thursday, September 24, 2015, at The Bickford in St. Charles, where she has made her home in recent years.
She was born January 3, 1932 in Buckingham, IL, the daughter of Hiram and Edith (Larson) Allison.
Norma grew up in the Buckingham area and attended local schools. Later when she was older, she spent summers, along with her best friend Betty White, at her Aunt Louise and Uncle Frank Hanleyâ€™s farm in Morris, IL.
One night, Norma crashed a party but ran into fate instead. Wayne Stastny stole her heart and let destiny take itâ€™s course. They were united in marriage on September 11, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL.
They began their new life together in a humble tiny apartment in Western Springs while Wayne forged a life for them both, leading to his employment as company controller at Harig Products. They lived in Geneva where they started a family that would include a son, Bruce and a daughter, Susan. During those years, Norma helped out in the family hardware store and Laundromat in downtown Geneva.
She was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church in Geneva and was an avid reader of the Bible (and the occasional “dime store” novel).
Normaâ€™s faith was her bedrock and her spirituality came through in her involvement with many prayer groups at church. Norma ministry made an impact in each life she touched. Norma had a social heart and never met a stranger. She lit the room up with one-of-a-kind lines that made you laugh and slightly take offense at the same time, but you loved her for it when Normaâ€™s face lit up with her trademark smile. She loved to shop at her favorite stores, bringing home all the goodies she could find. She collected figurines and had a bevy of teddy bears, the first of which was given by her husband Wayne when they first started dating. She was a voracious reader of many types of books. Romance novels were a favorite read but she had a passion for cookbooks. Her family was her treasure and each one she loved got a nickname; all the others were given “sugar lips”, “lovey” or told you that “youâ€™re the cheese in my macaroni” or the “steak on my plate”. Normaâ€™s official title was “homemaker” but that never encompassed all the love and endless time she put into not only making their house a home, but in making memories the family can treasure for a lifetime.
She is survived by two children: Bruce (Angela) Stastny and Susan C. Stastny; Two grandchildren: Marissa and Elena Chapa; One brother, Gary (Pamela) Allison; A sister-in-law, Margaret J. Martin; Two niece and nephews: Scott Ohlfest and Sandy Ohlfest and a community of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Stastny; her parents Hiram and Edith Allison; one step-mother Margaret Allison and her brother Dale Allison.
.In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Norma Stastny Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com or on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page.
A funeral to celebrate her life will be at 10 a.m. with an additional time of visitation, at Faith Lutheran Church from 9:30-10 a.m., on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119
Interment will follow at West Side Cemetery, Geneva, IL.