Norma G. Bedore

Died April 19, 2017


Norma Genevieve Bedore, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at West Branch Regional Medical Center. She lived in Gladwin since 1980, formerly of West Branch.

Norma was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Mount Clemens to Norman and Emma (LaFere) Finkbeiner. She worked for the Michigan Employment Security Commission for 27 years before her retirement. Norma served as a secretary of the Clement Township Friends of the Firefighters organization and quilting club, where she continued to be an active member. She volunteered for many community events and fundraising dinners. Norma was a member of the Secord Lake Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, serving as a past president and trustee. She was also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and the St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women. Norma loved to bowl and, up until her death, competed on her local bowling team. In her youth, Norma was an avid competitor in softball for many years. She was a truly exceptional woman with a profound faith, a great gift for empathy and a terrific sense of humor. Her love and support will surely be missed by many.

Norma is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bruce F. Bedore of Gladwin; sons, Norman (Jonna) Winter of Alger, David (Chris) Winter and Dennis (Carol) Winter, both of West Branch; daughters, Sherry (Mike) Galazin of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Carey (Vince) Ferrari of Ray; stepchildren, Brian (Denise) Bedore of Alger, Scott Bedore of Flint and Theresa (Dave) Aitkens of Burton; grandchildren, John Galazin, Mary (Justin) Galazin, Jedson (Emilee) Winter, Wayne (Priscilla) Winter, Tyler Winter (Kristin Fink), Kyle Winter, Frank Ferrari, George Ferrari and Jacob Ferrari; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and a wonderful network of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Emma; sister, Carly Tallman; and brothers, George Newell, Robert Newell, John Finkbeiner and Norman Finkbeiner.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 2:30-8 p.m. A rosary will be held at 3 p.m. and a Scripture service at 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held Monday, April 24, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch at 10:30 a.m. with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Gladwin. Father Patrick Maher will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Clement Township Friends of the Firefighters. Online condolences can be shared at


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