Norma Jarvis

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died February 23, 2024

Norma Virginia Jarvis, age 104, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, February 23, 2024 at U.P. Health Systems Hospital in Marquette.


Norma was born to Felix and Rose (Dousman) Huens on March 25, 1919 in Green Bay, WI. When she was 2 ½, her mother passed away and she came to Gladstone to live with her aunt and uncle, Emily and William Budzis. Emily was her father’s sister. She attended All Saints Parochial School through 8th grade and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1937.


Norma married Paul Jarvis on March 31, 1941. They lived in Ishpeming, MI for four years and then moved to Gladstone where they resided the remainder of their lives. They spent many happy years traveling and visiting family.


Norma started working at OSF Hospital in 1965. She retired at age 62 from Gehringer’s Heating in Escanaba. She was a member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters, Daughters of Isabella, American Legion Auxiliary, All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone, and the Gladstone Senior Center where she enjoyed playing cards and attending birthday dinners. She was a charter member of St. Vincent de Paul of Gladstone and volunteered there for 20 years. Norma loved going to the casino, participating in football pools, scratching off lottery tickets, and playing cards and bingo with friends. She especially loved visits from family and friends. She never forgot a birthday or Christmas for any member of her family. Norma had the honor of being the Grand Marshal in the Gladstone 4th of July parade in 2023. It was a special day for her and her family, and will be a cherished memory.


Survivors include: daughters Virginia Jarvis of Gladstone, Bette (Mike) DeMars of Escanaba, and Jean (John) Belanger of Gladstone; sons Peter (Diana) Jarvis of Orange, CA and Paul Jarvis of Rapid River; son-in-law Mike Gallagher of Green Bay, WI; former daughter-in-law Sandra “Sass” Schramm; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, son William Jarvis, daughter Norma Jane Gallagher, grandson Christopher Jarvis, great-grandsons Joseph Belanger and Cody Belanger, and sisters Helen Hollingsworth and Sister Constantia of the Order of St. Agnes.


Norma’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joseph Steele and the 7th floor nursing staff at U.P. Health Systems Hospital in Marquette for the excellent care and comfort provided to Norma and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. A memorial in Norma’s name will be established at a later date.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial honoring Norma will follow visitation at 1:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Brandon Yanni officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Norma will be laid to rest in Fernwood Cemetery.

6 Tributes for “Norma Jarvis

    Sending thoughts and prayers. Norma lived an exceptional long life. May she rest in peace.
    Gary and Kathy Maynard

    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Norma’s family. Such an amazing lady and a blessing to so many. May God hold you all close during these difficult times. Hugs and prayers.

    Virginia and Family:
    I read her obituary just now and I am touched by the full life she had! I remember your mom as being gracious and kind and always present for grade school events. Virginia, you are so like your mother.

    Virginia and family sending deepest sympathy to you on Norma’s passing I will be keeping you in my prayers.

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