Norma Jean McKenzie

Norma Jean McKenzie, of West Stafford, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Johnson Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born in Newport, R.I., on Dec. 28, 1937, to Douglas and Evangeline (Sarias) McKenzie, she attended Newport schools and graduated from St. Catherine Academy High School. She soon realized her penchant for numbers, which led to a position as small business specialist with Blum Shapiro & Co. P.C. in West Hartford in public accounting. Following many years of service, she retired in 2002. She married Culver Modisette in 1982 and they moved to West Stafford.

Besides her husband, Norma is survived by a sister, Joyce Cebula of Southington; and two aunts, Rose Staples of Middletown and Schandra Silva of Falmouth, Mass.; as well as by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Wayne (killed in Vietnam); and her sister, Helen Hull.

Living in West Stafford permitted her to fulfill her life's ambition to become involved with horses and dogs. Many happy hours were spent with her friends, riding and working her horses. She and Culver also raised and bred Labrador retrievers for 10 years. A gourmet cook, she was renowned for her cuisine, gleaned from several of her hundreds of cookbooks.

The funeral service will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Beech Brook Equine Rescue, 125 Fishtown Road, Mystic, CT 06355.

Her family wishes to express its appreciation for the sympathetic care and solace of the personnel at Johnson Memorial Hospital. It was above and beyond.

Somers Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, 2012