Mary Jane Norman died May 25, 2019 in Fargo, ND. She was born in Fargo on January 18, 1928 to Charles and Adelia Wendorff of Casselton, ND. Her mother died when she was two months old and she was raised by her aunt, Gertrude Sproule in Fargo, ND. Mary Jane graduated from Fargo Central High School where she was an honor student. She then attended UND where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Mary Jane met and then married Robert “Bob” Norman on Nov 5, 1949 in Grand Forks. They were charter members of Holy Family Catholic Church. She worked at Bray’s retail store and assisted at the Norman Funeral Homes. She also volunteered with Meals On Wheels and Tufte Manor. Mary Jane loved to play tennis, golf, bridge and dance. She traveled to Europe and she had homes in Mazatlán, Mexico and at Apache Wells in Mesa, Arizona. Mary Jane loved walking the beaches, looking for shells, and watching the sunset for the green flash over the ocean. Her children and grandchildren saw the fun in her life there and enjoyed many Christmases and vacations in Mazatlán. Her children and friends would say she was the life of the party. She is preceded in death by her parents, her aunt, Gertrude Sproule, her husband, Robert “Bob” Norman, son, Mark Norman, husband, Robert “Bob” Mattson, sister, Dorothy Lindsay, cousin, Harold “Pinky” Kraft, son-in-law, Bruce Carlisle MD, and grandson, Robert John Carlisle. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter, Nan Carlisle, Fargo, ND: Corey , Christopher (Catherine), Kiras and Avery, Casey (Natasha), Bethany, William, Molly, Casey, John, Dominic and Michael, Kelly (Tom) Kopp, Porter, Briggs, and Maris; son, David Norman, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Carmen Norman (Drew) Parsley, Nixon, and Brandt, Trisha (Brandon) Solemsaas; daughter, Christine (Tom) York, Bismarck, ND: Katie (Derek) Rognlien, Elise, Evan and Aiden, Jenny (Tyler) Leier, Layken and Payton, Julie (Travis) Bjerk, Lyla, very special companion, Vern Steinmetz, cousin Laura Mae Armstrong, Omaha, Nebraska. There will be a prayer service at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center at 7:00 pm Wednesday with visitation 5:30 to 7:00. The funeral will be at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church at 10:30 AM Thursday with visitation one hour before in the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND at 3:00 pm Thursday. Memorials preferred to First Choice Clinic, Hospice of the Red River Valley or Eventide on 32nd.

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  1. Dear Nan, David and Chris,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of your Mom, the life she shared on earth and the life she now shares with our loving God. She lived life and loved life and her family and her legacy lives on. I have many fond memories of your Mom and Dad from Grand Forks, Arizona and Mexico too. May Mary Jane have eternal peace and joy!

  2. To Nan, Dave and Chris
    Many fond memories of the Norman/Linfoot clan as we were growing up. So sorrow for your loss. May the many memories help sustain you during this difficult time. Thought and prayers are with you.

    Brad and Janice Pratt

  3. On behalf of the Alpha Phi sorority, Pi chapter and the Greater Grand Forks Alumnae, we send our sympathy on the loss of Mary Jane. She was a loyal A Phi. This is not goodbye but good night.
    Kathy Lynch Ashe, alum contact and HCB president.

  4. Mary Jane was ‘one of a kind’! My condolences, Nan, to you and you family. I will do a little dance in honor of her😘

  5. Dear Nan and family. It sounds like your mother had a wonderful and busy life. Our condolences to and your family.
    God Bless,
    Ron, Rose and Michael.

  6. Nan, David & Chrissy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Mom sure did live life to the fullest. I will always remember the fun times in Mazatlan. What beautiful memories. Now she will see all those she has been waiting to see. May God give you all the grace and peace to get through the difficult times ahead.
    God bless you all,
    Joanie Mangino

  7. Dearest Nan,
    Loving prayers for you, your family and especially your wonderful mother.
    From me, and all your friends at St. Leo Church, in Bonita Springs, Fl.
    Gods’s Peace,
    Ann Hall

  8. Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is so blessed to have so many loving and beautiful memories of Mary Jane. She was such a joy and brought so much happiness to your family. May you keep all your wonderful memories in your hearts. My loving thoughts and prayers to all of your family.

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