Norma P. Davidson, 84, of Centerville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
Norma was born the daughter of Paul and Cristina (Costa) Strazz on Dec. 28, 1928 in Oak Park, Ill. She attended Austin High School and Wright Jr. College in Chicago, Ill.
Norma was united in marriage to Robert L. Davidson on Sept. 15, 1951 at St. Thomas Aquina’s Catholic Church in Chicago, Ill. Norma and family moved to Centerville in 1963. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, PEO Chapter D and KA, Outlook Club, MXL and Appanoose Country Club. Norma enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, having good friends, cooking, eating dark chocolate, planting flowers and most importantly, being a mother.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Robert L. Davidson; parents, Paul and Cristina Strazz; brothers, Arthur, Thomas and Anthony Strazz; and sisters, Mary O’Neill, Edith Klinker and Dolores Podliska.
Norma is survived by: her daughters, Kathy Davidson of West Des Moines and Margie Nielsen and her husband, Steve of Humboldt; a son, Bob Davidson and his wife, Carolyn of Omaha, Neb.; three granddaughters, Christina and her husband, Chris New, Stephanie and her husband, Anthony Dvorak and Rachel Davidson; three great-grandsons Alex, Ben and Hayden; sisters-in-law, Madelyn, Delores and Ruthie and 27 nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville with Fr. Bill Hubmann officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. Visitation with the family was held Monday, Feb. 18 from 3-7 p.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville. A luncheon will follow the services at the cemetery in the basement of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Legacy Foundation at Mercy Hospital-Centerville and may be left or mailed to the funeral home.
The Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville has been entrusted with her care and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.