Best teacher I ever had in East Wenatchee, WA 1956-1959. We kept in touch after she moved to the Seattle area for many years. I last spoke to her in 2011. She will always be missed in my heart. Kathy (Gills) Moser
I love reading entries even now. This Norma Bantillo was one amazing woman!!! I think of her so very often and her family with a smile. The choir in heaven must be "out of this world"!!!! Love and misses! Vicki
My friend, Norma, was a loyal and compassionate friend and colleague. She brought joy and smiles to all of the staff and students at Lynnwood Junior High. I know that God is taking good care of her now. I'll miss you, Norma.
Norma use to come to our salon,when she lived here.Pam did her hair for years,and we always looked forward to seeing her and really missed her when she moved away.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Blessed be my dear friend Norma....through the years we talked and shared life's journey. You are a cherished one in my life and I give thanks to you. Happy travels in your journey to the great beyond and great love......many thanks, Barb
Beloved Miss Bantillo you helped make many youth feel special and gifted. You always went the extra mile. Praise the Lord for teachers like you.
What a wonderful person and teacher. I had Miss Bantillo for choir 7th,8th,9th at LJH best class by far. She will be missed!
For the three wonderful years at Lynnwood Jr. High, thank you so much. Thank you for sharing with us the joy of music. You will be missed.
I still remember my first day of 7th grade. Ms. Bantillo was my 4th period English teacher. I was new to Washington. I remember her as one of my favorite teachers. She was amazingly very patient given the fact that English wasn't my best subject. I regret not taking the opportunity to thank her as an adult. Thank you Ms. Bantillo. You made a difference in my life.
Thank you for the wonderful years in Junior High. Mrs. Bantillo was a wonderful mentor. I was blessed to have had you for the 3 years I was at Lynnwood jr high. Hugs to the family and friends! She will be missed!
Thank you for all the awesome memories, fun times, great laughs, and beautiful songs! You will be greatly missed - keep on singing!
You were my teacher along time ago but I always remembered you and our choir class and girls glee. 1967 at LJH. You will be missed by all the people who knew you.
May you rest in peace Auntie Norma, I will surely miss you.Please accept my symphaty to the Bantillo's family and the Magdaels family etc. Love you all.
Imelda and Steve Berry
Norma was a faithful friend and a great music teacher.
Norma at least coordinated, if not launched, the school bowling league at Lynnwood Junior High (which happens to be in Lynnwood not Edmonds, but then Edmonds CC is in Lynnwood, so anything was possible...), my first bowling league among many to follow, so it is nice to see her connection to bowling mentioned in the obituary.
I was a first year teacher at LJH in 1966 when Norma befriended me and helped me through the rigors of being one of the rookies. She was a joy to be around, and had such a loving heart, and a passion for music. She was an original, and I know is now directing a chorus in Heaven.
Dear Aunty Norma,
I am writing you an illustrated letter. May it find you in peace.
I love you.
Norma M. Bantillo's dimples and bright-eyed smile warmed hearts and brought comfort to many people. She is a gift wherever she goes.
Ms. Bantillo was a lovely lady. Rest in peace.
I taught with Norma for only one year, but she and others at Lynnwood Junior High became good friends. I especially remember how loving she was to my then young son who eventually called her Auntie Norma. I loved her generosity and her sense of humor and her singing. I am so sorry she is gone.
I first met Norma as a beginning teacher at Lynnwood Jr. High in 1970, and was right down the hall from her for the next eleven years. Our wing of the building was always very lively thanks to Norma!
I remember being introduced to one of her famous Filipino Desserts called Bico...it was delicious! I still have her recipe.
Norma was no stranger to wagering, as she ran the faculty football pools. She always told me that I had the winning square...I believed her! One time, a teacher new to the staff complained to the principal that there was 'gambling' going on in the faculty room--to which the principal replied "I know, I was a winner last week!" I also bowled with Norma as a member of her infamous team "Oh Tae!"
Norma had a great connection with her students, and was truly loved by them all. She embodied that well known expression "They may forget what you taught them, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
I also had the pleasure of hearing Norma sing "God Bless America" and I will never forget it...WOW!!!
Miss Bantillo was one of my most favorite and remembered teachers. I was in her clas in 7th, 8th, and 9th. I loved that class and as someone else wrote I most remember the song "Aquarius" that we learned for a concert.It has been 43 years since I last saw her in the 9th grade but knew her instantly when I saw her photo. She will be missed and fondly remembered always.
I have always loved singing but you made it more enjoyable. I like so may others could hardly wait every day for your class, or for our concerts. Rest in peace and direct a heavenly choir of kids in heaven.
What a surprise it was to find Norma at Lynnwood Jr. Hi. in 1967. We had just moved from Spokane (where we had attended Whitworth with Norma, in the 50's), and enrolled two teenagers in that school. She created beautiful music wherever she was, and, probably is continuing.
Our condolences to Norma's family. 20 years ago I was a new teacher at BTMS. I remember Norma's sense of humor, her kindness, and how welcome she made me feel. All the messages here show how much Norma was loved by her students and fellow staff members and what a fantastic teacher she was.
We were students at Whitworth College, now University, in Spokane. She made "beautiful music" then and probably continues wherever she is. Peace and Blessings, Norma.
Norma....you are very special to me.....it was you who recognized my voice and inspired me to make music my first career.....say hi to my Mom!
She will be missed by my family and I am so happy I was able to see her after my school years were over. What a wonderful woman with a great heart! Hugs and Kisses Mrs. Bantillo! I will keep your family in my prayers for their hearts to have peace soon. XO
Miss Bantillo ,You are the only teacher I truly remember.You aloud me to sing in the small group,not because I could sing,because you had the gift of compassion.Knowing how music could touch your students deep inside.Music has been a way to reach my inter soul.It's my comfort,it's my way of worshipping our lord .Thank You for sharing the Lord through your teaching of music.Someday I will sing in your choir again.My mom is in heaven to,she can't sing (lol) but she is so much fun and a Great lady,I miss her.I think of you when I hear the song People,boy that song says it all.God Bless your family.Jeri Sundheim Short Lynnwood Jr High
Norma was the most well loved teacher I ever met. Her smile and her genuine spirit could light up a room, a day, a class, a student, a colleague. Norma imbued her students with joy and accomplishment. She treasured her music and shared that love with each of her students. Norma radiated the truly ineffable qualities of goodness and love. Brier Terrace was brighter because she was there. Sincere condolences to her family, but she is leading a heavenly choir now.
Miss Bantillo was my chior teacher in 7th 8th and 9th grade at Lynnwood jr. high.She had a lot of patience with me because I could not read music that well. She tried to teach me and teach me but she never gave up on me. What I do remember most is that every year at our concerts we would finish up with the song The Battle Hym of the Republic. Every year we got a standing ovation after the song was done. We got that ovation because of how Miss Bantillo taught us to sing that song. I do not know if she would of remembered me but I will never forget her and that wonderful voice she had. She also had a laugh that was loud and wonderful. She will be missed by me and I am sure countless others. I believe she is leading a chior of angels in heaven. Thank you again for being my teacher.
Norma made teaching at Lynnwood Junior so much fun! We all will miss her, but I know she is now in heaven somewhere singing in the rain.
I will always and have always remembered 8th grade choir at Lynnwood Jr Hi. Miss Bantillo was so positive and seemed to take great joy (so much so that she would have tears in her eyes when we performed) in our progress. I remember singing "Aquarius" in concert and to this day I can still recite all the words and sing along and if someone is with me they say "wow" you really know that song. That was a gift from Miss Bantillo. I love that song. Thank you so much. One of my favorite teachers ever.
Thank you for giving me the appreciation for music. I will always remember the choir at BTMS. I looked forward to her class everyday! You were a true gift to the students and touched many lives. You will be missed!
I loved choir at Brier Terrace Middle School. Thanks for being such a great teacher!
I'm still singing in the shower and in the car Mrs. "B" Thanks for being one of the best teachers at Lynnwood Jr. High. Your influence on many is immeasurable.
Thanks for he many great memories from the Lynnwood Jr. days. Teacher Saturdays, faculty parties, bowling, and trips to Reno with the gang! You will be missed!
Miss Bantillo 'rescued' this 13-year-old gawky girl in 1967 - 7th grade, Lynnwood Jr. High, my 3rd school that year. She helped me grow up and navigate those early-teen years. She was a favorite teacher to everyone - demanding but so much fun! I can still hear her laugh rising above all the teenage cacophony! Our 46-year friendship will always be among my most treasured memories. Deepest condolences to Norma's lovely family.
RIP Mrs. Bantillo. Thanks for the memories and being a rare "cool" teacher. I'm sorry I was a terrible singer, but it was fun! Brier Terrace Middle School '82 - '83
I remember you were a wonderful music teacher at Brier Terrace Middle school so many years ago, Thank you for the memories, and rest in peace. Condolences to your family and friends. Heaven gained a beautiful angel
Ms Bantillo was my music teacher at Lynnwood Jr. High. I was sitting in her classroom when the news of the assasination of JFK was broadcast over the school intercom in 1963. She was a good teacher and one I have never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go to the family.
Thank You for all the fun family times we shared, you were always laughing and smiling. Those memories will live on forever in my heart <3 I realized you had "rock star" status when my Mom and I attended your retirement party in Washington. I remember feeling so proud of the music teacher you were to all those students, but most of all how you touched each and every one of their lives through music. You will be dearly missed!! I will see you again this is not where it ends, I will carry you with me, till I see you again-Love You Aunty Norma <3
Miss Bantillo was my music teacher at Lynnwood. Even though I never could carry a tune in a buckett or otherwise she was always gracious and helpfull. Even after almost 50 years I reconized her picture right away. She had a lasting impact on a young troublemaker.She was a amazing and wounderfull person. And I'm a better person for having knowen her.
She was my choir teacher in 7th and 8th grade at Brier Terrace middle school. She was the first person to ever believe in my voice. She gave me the solos and helped me get in to the jazz choir in high school. Because of her I am still singing in a band 30 years later. What a wonderful woman. She encouraged us all to have so much fun even break dancing in her class!
Ms. Bantillo was an amazing woman & wonderful teacher I had her for multiple classes @ BTMS. We sang amazing songs that I still sing today the hardest being Ave Maria...she will be greatly missed.
My husband Bill Moran and I bowled many years with Norma in the Edmonds school league and had many happy times. Norma was always happy and ready for fun. She and Bill will have a great time together where they are now. My sympathy to the family.
I was in Miss Bantillo's music class in East Wenatchee 1957. I had just moved to Wenatchee, was 13, and very alone. She brightened my life and helped me through a very difficult time of my parents divorce. Ironically I moved to Redmond, where Miss Bantillo was my step-children's music teacher in Lynnwood. They loved her as much as I. She will be missed.
In the 9th grade at Edmonds Jr. High, Miss Bantillo was my block class teacher. Although 52 years have passed, I always think of her when I reminisce about those years so long ago. She was a positive influence on me then and through the years since. God Bless her!
Miss Bantillo was my 4th grade teacher at Melody Hill Elementary School in Mountlake Terrace Wa. It was a brand new school that year and that is the classroom that I met my very first friend Penny Bartholomew. I can still remember Miss Bantillo putting up with our giggles! She even came to my wedding in April of 1969. Many years later she taught my daughter Danielle at Brier Terrace Middle School. She was the most memorable teacher from my elementary school days.I can remember as a little 9 year old girl thinking she was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen ! Colleen Hickok Halgren
In 1974, I was a new science teacher at Lynnwood JH. Norma was the first to treat me like I had always been on that staff. She was the focus of fun in that school & truly loved by the student body and teaching staff. I am proud to say I got to work with her for 3 years.
I worked with Norma and loved her as much as the kids did!!! Everywhere we went she would run into someone who would say....Miss Bantillo!!! The retirement party we had for her was unlike any other with old friends both near and far. Norma loved her family and through pictures I knew them all. Norma will be missed but heaven has an angel!
I was in Ms. Bantillo's 7th grade music [chorus maybe?] class way back in 1964 at Lynnwood Junior High and the reason I remember is because of the fun we had and what a great teacher she was. Thank you Ms. Bantillo.
I remember being in Ms. Bantillo's 7th grade music class at Lynnwood Junior High way back in about 1966. I remember because of the fun we had.
You will be missed dearly! And here is to hoping you are in heaven having the time of your life with all of the others in our family we have lost. Love you.
Thank you. It has been a wonderful and blessed lifetime with you. Singing in the living room or at church, traveling around the country or the Philippines, playing poker in the kitchen or blackjack at the different casinos( great 1st base person),dining wherever we dined, enjoying all our family gatherings and functions, and watching sporting events, Mostly thanks for being Auntie Norma. You are missed greatly. Much Love.
So sorry for your loss here, but a saint was gained in heaven. May your happy memories of Aunty Norma bring sweet comfort to you in the days ahead.
She seemed larger than life. Could turn my frown upside down. Auntie Norma is having a blessed & happy reunion with her family upstairs.
Aunty Norma alias "Aunty Mame" . Thank you for all the memories we made together - singing around the piano, road trips, bus trips and family time. You have been a blessing through my growing up years, raising a family years until the present. You will be deeply missed. Love you
Love Family reunions
We will miss our "Aunty Mame"