• "Dear Jim, Andrew and family, Unfortunately I have been off..."
  • "Dear Jim, Andrew & family What sad news to hear of the..."
    - Marnie Wilson
  • "Dear Jim, Andrew and Family It has been such a long time..."
  • "Dear Jim and Andrew, I have such fond memories of New York..."
    - Richard Kelly
  • "Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are..."
    - Walter Mugdan

MARSHALL--Norma Jean (nee Tonkin), passed away peacefully at her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on January 10, 2012. Greatly loved by all who knew her, Norma is survived by her husband James, and son Andrew; grandchildren Nick, Jamie, and Isabelle; daughter-in-law Mary Jane DeWeese; and sisters-in-law Linda Marshall and Margaret Ashton. Born to Gordon and Maude Tonkin in Australia, Norma was a practicing nurse in the early years of her career. She came to New York City in 1960 shortly after her marriage to James in Montreal. James and Norma moved in 1967 to Park Slope in Brooklyn. Most of Norma's middle and later years were spent as an active volunteer for cultural organizations, most especially the Long Island Historical Society (managing its antiques and gift shop) and then for many years at the Brooklyn Museum. She served on the Museum's Community Committee for over a decade in capacities including cultural tours, fund raising for the annual Museum Ball, and originating the Women in the Arts Program. An avid traveler, she explored many countries on five continents, and transmitted her love of travel to her husband and son. With an extremely generous heart and a genuine love of people, she made friends everywhere and captured the hearts of all whom she encountered. She filled her family and friends with joy and kindness, and so while her loss is deeply felt, she has left the world a sweeter place. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 2-3pm in the chapel at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn, NY.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 15, 2012