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Norma Jean Esser Hess, age 95, of Erie, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Forestview Skilled Nursing Center.
She was born in Erie on April 12, 1919, a daughter of the late Edward and Mae Hauck Esser.
Norma Jean was a 1937 graduate of Academy High School, and was employed for 40 years in the Insurance Industry, working for Rossiter-Kessler Insurance and Real Estate and later Shreve-Rinehart Insurance. As a young girl, Norma Jean enjoyed dancing, and competed in a variety of dance competitions in the tri-state area. She was also an avid skeet shooter, winning several trophies. She enjoyed golfing, music and collecting antiques. Family and friends will best remember Norma Jean for her love and compassion for dogs, dogs of any kind. Throughout her life, Norma Jean rescued and raised dogs that she had found abandoned near her home, Dixie being the last.
Norma Jean was a life member of St. Joseph Church / Bread of Life Community and a member of the Rosary Society. She was also a life member of the Erie Maennerchor Club Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Charles Hess in 2000.
She is survived by her Godson, David Housman (Jeanne), of Elkhart, Indiana, cousins, Lois Bucceri and William Esser of Erie, close friends David and Christine Pollock and Susan and Thomas Blecki, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thanks to the nursing staff at Forestview Health Care Center for their care and support to Norma Jean throughout these past five years..
Friends may call on Monday at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and are invited to the Funeral Mass on Tuesday at St. Joseph Church /Bread of Life Community at 10 a.m. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
Entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Joseph Church / Bread of Life Community, 147 W. 24th St., Erie, PA 16502 or the Humane Society of Northwest Pennsylvania, 2507 Zimmerly Rd., Erie, Pa.
Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc. - Erie
2502 Sassafras St. Erie, PA 16502
814 454 0156
Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 20, 2014