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Norma Dorothy Klemenz Vickerson

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Deer Isle - Norma Dorothy Klemenz Vickerson, 81, passed away December 5, 2016, in Deer Isle. Born in Stonington, Maine, on January 24, 1935, daughter of Norman and Harriet F. (Larrabee) Sellers. Later Norma's mother married Samuel W. Judkins who adopted Norma and her younger brother Paul. Norma was a young child when her family moved to Connecticut for work during the Second World War. Norma grew up in Connecticut but returned to Stonington each summer to live with her Grandmother Georgina Larrabee. On February 8, 1952, Norma married James E. Klemenz. Norma and James raised seven children in Connecticut and also were foster parents to hundreds of children over the years for the State of Connecticut and the State of Maine and for Catholic Family Services in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
When James became ill in 1976, the family moved to Deer Isle to be near relatives during James' illness. James passed a year after the move to Maine. In 1979 Norma married Harry R.Vickerson, a Pastor to the family during James' illness. Harry and Norma later became parents to a son and a daughter, Adam and Leslie.
Norma is survived by her beloved husband Harry R. Vickerson, three daughters: Patricia Leach, her husband William of Deer Isle, Marie Rolon, her husband Mario of Wisconsin, and Leslie Duncan, partner Ryan Matson of Deer Isle; five sons: James and partner Colleen, Peter Klemenz, his wife Laurie, both of Stonington, Keith Klemenz and wife Sonda of Little Deer Isle, Daniel Klemenz and partner Kelly of Deer Isle, and Michael Klemenz and wife Pam of Sedgwick. Twenty-six grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren. Norma is also survived by two sisters: Sandra (Mrs. Bruce) Jones of Stonington and Ann (Mrs. Walter) Yatzook of Connecticut, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband of 26 and a half years James E. Klemenz, a son Adam Vickerson, her brother Paul Judkins, a grandson Daniel Parker, and two great- grandchildren: Alivia and Madden Parker.
Norma's vigil is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Stonington, ME. Mass service begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Stonington; Christian burial to follow at Mt. Adam's Cemetery in Deer Isle. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adam Vickerson Scholarship Fund at Saint Joseph's College, at Institutional Advancement, Saint Joseph's College, Attn: Adam Vickerson Scholarship Fund, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, Maine 04084.
Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth, ME. Memories may be shared at www.bragdonkelley.com
Published on  December 7, 2016 in
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