Condolence & Memory Journal

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My heart aches for all of you. I'm so sorry to read of the passing of Norma. What a great person she was. She always made me smile and I enjoyed her honesty and sincerity. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Know that your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pam Koeller - Piedmont, KS - Friend and Teacher   December 29, 2012

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Uncle Larry & family,
Uncle Larry and Aunt Norma have always been there for us and we are forever grateful. How precious the memories and how you all are so precious to us. Only through our faith and our Lord will we get along without her.
She planned our wedding 44 years ago. and always was there to care for our children, Aunt Norma was always there. She was with my dad everyday when he went down with a stroke, until I would get there to relieve her.
She was like a mother/sister to me, we would share everything together.
Praise God, she is with the Lord and we look forward to seeing her again!
Love and prayers for the family! Rich and Cheryl

Posted by Rich & Cheryl Stieben - McPherson, KS - family   December 16, 2012

Norma was a significant role model for me--as she was for so many others! My confidante, surrogate mother, and wonderful friend. We might go for a long time without contact, but I always knew she was there for me, in the worst of times. We also had countless fun times--at the lake, at holiday meals, and whenever our paths crossed. My sister, Carla, still fondly recalls her birthday, when Norma showed me how to make a "doll cake" for her. One of the best cooks in the country, Norma made comfort food that soothed my soul. There was always room for one more at her table--we will miss her greatly. She loved her family with great intensity--a wonderful, one-of-a-kind lady!

Posted by Dorthy Stucky Halley - Topeka, KS - friend/family   December 14, 2012

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Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Angie and Misty
Via Christi St. Francis

Posted by Angie - KS   December 13, 2012

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My heart is broken over the death of precious Norma. I have missed both you & her smiling face & spirited personality so much. I so wish I would have called her or dropped in to see her, to tell her how much she was missed & loved.
I will always remember her delicious, melt in your mouth cinnamon rolls, and how she was always willing to bake them for any special event, no matter how many were needed. There is none that were better then hers.
My prayers are with you & your family Larry as you try to comprehend why she was taken so suddenly.
Only Jesus knows, and only He can bring you rest & comfort that you need during this very hard time. Know that many, many people are lifting you up in prayer.
Mim Wedel

Posted by Mim Wedel - McPherson, KS - friend   December 13, 2012

We were shocked to learn of Norma's sudden death. We are unable to attend services as we will be out of the state for a few days. Larry and Michelle and rest of the family, as well as Donna and Vernon, we send our deepest sympathies to all of you. You have been in our thoughts for these past few days. Blessings to all of you.

Posted by Harris and Faye Ann Terry - McPherson, KS - Friends   December 12, 2012

Larry, Michelle, Michael & Matthew & family,
So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Norma. My sisters and I fondly remember staying with Grandpa Alexander and coming to your house. We were always welcomed with open arms. She was the foundation of the family and will be missed tremendously. You will all be in our thoughts & prayers int he days to come. Bless you all

Posted by Debbei Alexander Henkle - Cinainnati, IA - cousin   December 12, 2012

I loved spending time at Norma's house with the neighborhood girls. She was a mom to many of us, and treated us that way! She was never mad at us, just gave us that stern look. Then gave us kool-aid and cookies! Anytime I saw Norma she was smiling. She LOVED her family so much and was very proud of them. My love and prayers go out to all of you. Until we all meet again, we'll miss you Norma. Love, Anita Walters (Helgeson)

Posted by Anita Walters - Galva, KS - friend   December 12, 2012

Larry,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Ken and I have so many wonderful memories of sweet Norma and the many visits we had in your home and on your front porch! May you feel God's comfort through family and friends!

Love, Ken & Connie Clark

Posted by Connie Clark - Greensburg, PA   December 12, 2012

Betty and I moved away, but we took fond memories with us. Norma is there. We can never forget the wild hockey games and "Dumb Goalie" The penny ante poker games and just plain being together.Anyone who ever met Norma will be greatly missed as time moves on.

Delbert and Betty Storm

Posted by Delbert Storm - Bella Vista, AR - Friend   December 12, 2012

Larry, Michelle, Michael, Matthew,

We wish to pass along our most sincere and deepest condolences to you and your families at this sad time. Losing a loved one is never easy but this close to Christmas can make the loss even harder to deal with. Hopefully the lights, trees, and decorations will be a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and that Norma is at peace with God. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers, not only during this tough week, but over the Christmas Holiday and the weeks and months to come.

Timothy and Wayne Graham

Posted by Timothy Graham - KS   December 12, 2012

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Norma was such a dear sweet person! I will have Larry and all the family in my prayers.

Posted by Pattie Kasiska - San Marcos, CA - friend   December 12, 2012

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To the Decker family. So sorry to hear of the loss of Norma. Many years ago she babysat for our son David. She was so sweet and caring and so patient with the children that she took care of. She touched many lives. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Jonette Yost - Nickerson - Friend   December 11, 2012

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So very sad to hear about your Moma. I always thought it would be hard to loose someone you love right at Christmas. My Moma died on 12-12-02. And she loved Christmas! The Lord actually used that to comfort me. We put twinkle lights in her casket flowers, the church was decorated, it was a real celebration for my Moma, who loved Christmas and loved the Lord. Michelle I was at your home one time at Christmas (you were playing the piano for me to sing at a funeral) ... I remember how beautifully decorated your home was. Seeing a glimpse of your life at that time, I'm guessing your family loves Christmas like we did/do! So I'm asking God, that even tho it is a very sad time
for you guys ... that He will comfort your hearts in knowing that your Moma will be spending Christmas with Jesus this year. I'm so happy I got to know her. May your whole family feel the "peace the surpasses all understanding" at this difficult time. I won't get to be with you on Fri. but you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Most Sincerely,
Louie

Posted by Louie Potts Peterson - McPherson, KS - friend   December 11, 2012

So sorry to hear about Normas passing,very special lady she always had a smile on her face,remembering the time Norma and Larry came to visit in Minnesota,good times.she will be missed .wish we could be there. I know mom for sure does! Love ya all!

Posted by Rhonda(Mittelsteadt)Schlie - janesville, MN - reletive and friend of family   December 11, 2012

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Larry,Michelle&family.I'll truely miss Sweet Normal from her smiles,cooking,parties&get together's at the house which won't seem the same without her around even during now the holiday's or parties. I'll always be just a phone call away if Michelle or Larry needs someone too chat with& for anyone of the girls or other family member's have facebook go. too finding Tammy Musselman& I'll. Be happy too chat.

Posted by Tammy Musselman - McPherson, KS - adopted granddaughter/friendship   December 11, 2012

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My deepest sympathy to you, Larry, and to your family. May your faith lesson the pain of this sudden loss and sustain you through this Christmas season and the months to come.

It was only six weeks ago when Norma and Larry surprised Gordon and I by being at the restaurant in McPherson where some cousins were meeting for coffee and pie. And in June when my family hosted the Decker family reunion Norma took the lead. She not only showed us what to do, she did most of the work. As did Larry. I will hold wonderful memories of her during this year and all the years I've known her.

I am filled with sorrow over Norma's passing. Norma was a wonderful person who will be missed by her relatives.

Posted by Wanita Gwinn - Wichita, KS - Cousin by marriage   December 11, 2012

To the Decker Family,

My heart is heavy with sadness at the death of your family matriarch, Norma Decker. Family was the center of her life and I can only imagine the depth of your grief. May your sweet and loving memories bring you comfort and peace. Hugs and prayers for all of you. Jerri

Posted by Jerri Wall - McPherson, KS - We Share Grandchildren   December 11, 2012

Aunt Norma,

You touched so many children and families lives over the years. Thanks for everything you did for me growing up. Everyone is going to miss your cooking and cinnamon rolls :) You gave so much to others and we will miss you!

Brad, Nikki, Zachary,Haley and Carly Stieben

Posted by Brad Stieben - Tampa, FL   December 10, 2012

Norma was a gentle, kind and loving person. She will be missed. I remember that the last time I saw she and Larry she served me Peach Pie.

Denny

Posted by Denny Walthers - McPherson, KS - Friend   December 10, 2012

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Michelle,

You are in my thoughts and prayers this week and I know God is with you and the girls and your dad. He will surround you with family and friends who love you and will care for you during this difficult time. Norma was a great lady and I know her leaving will cause a void but the wonderful lifetime of memories you have of her will fill that void over time. God will comfort you now, He promises that in His word. I love you all.

Posted by Debbie Huffman - Broken Arrow, OK - Aunt to Edie & Emilie   December 10, 2012

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Larry, Michelle and family,

My heart is breaking for you. I will always remember Norma with the most beautiful, contagious smile. Her faith and yours will help to see you through this time. I am thinking of you all and you are in my prayers.

Trish Scott

Posted by Trish Scott - McPherson, KS - friend   December 10, 2012

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Dear Larry Michelle and all of your dear family,, We are crying with you and so sad to lose such a wonderful lady as Norma. We all loved her and she will be missed so much. Love and Prayers, Verlin LaWanda and everyone else at Galva Cash Service

Posted by LaWanda Koehn    December 10, 2012

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Larry, Michelle and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Norma.C8Wme

Posted by Carol (Shugar) Dies - Moundridge, KS   December 10, 2012

Aunt Norma you will be missed so much! I remember so many great moments with you and Uncle Larry growing up. You are in a better place now and Uncle Larry you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Tara and
Nick, Kaely, and Skylar

Posted by TARA CAPPS - SCOTT CITY, KS - GREAT AUNT   December 10, 2012