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Norma A. Bozian

AGE: 91 • Brick

Norma Graves Bozian peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving night, November 24, 2016, with two of her "darling daughters" by her side. She was 91 years old. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on May 24, 1925 to the late Robert and A. Marion Graves, Norma and her family emigrated to Boston and then on to New York where they settled in Forest Hills, Queens. During the Great Depression, Norma's father worked at Ward Manor on the Bard College property in Upstate New York and during the summer months Norma would join him and attend summer camp. Eleanor Roosevelt visited there often. As a result, Norma was thrilled to receive personal, signed invitations to, and ultimately attend, two Christmas parties hosted by the First Lady.

Norma and her sister Barbara were the first girls from Forest Hills High School to enlist in the Service. After resigning from her position in the accounting department at AT&T in New York City, Norma entered the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of nineteen and was stationed at the RCAF base in Nova Scotia, Canada. Always an avid reader, one of the many responsibilities she had while in the service was working in the library on the base. She traveled across Canada as a member of the women's basketball team and, when granted leave, would often "hitch" a ride in a Canadian Air Force plane to return home to visit her folks in New York. She often spoke of her sheer delight to be able to ride alongside the pilot and see first-hand the northeast coastline as she journeyed home. When the war ended, she and her sister Barbara traveled together from Canada to unite with their family once again.

Norma returned to her job at AT&T, and began attending Walter Hervey Junior College in Manhattan on the Canadian GI Bill. It was there in her accounting classes that she met her future husband and the father of her four children. In 1947 she married Aram (Bob) Bozian, a WWII Navy veteran, and together within a year's time planned the arrival of their first child.

After ten years of marriage, Norma and Bob settled in Old Bridge, where she joyfully devoted her life to raising her four children. She was actively involved in their lives as a Girl Scout leader, room mother and Sunday School teacher. Upon moving to the suburbs, Norma was determined to learn how to drive so that she could fulfill her heart's desire to take her children to two of her most beloved locations, the beach and the New York World's Fair (scheduled to be in Forest Hills from 1964 through 1965.) Despite her Canadian origin, Norma loved listening to and singing patriotic songs, particularly "God Bless America." She enjoyed sewing, needlework, reading, crossword puzzles, card games and Jeopardy. She also enjoyed the music of the thirties and forties, particularly that of Frank Sinatra and the 1945 hit by the Andrew sisters, "Rum and Coca Cola." She was a loyal baseball fan of the NY Yankees and, in later years, the Lakewood Blue Claws.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Lynn Bozian Carey and husband Deale of Jackson, her son, Kenneth Bozian of California, daughter, Kyle Bozian of Brick Township, and daughter Dawn Bozian Pratt and her husband Bob of Brick Township. She is also survived by grandson Deale Robert Carey and his wife Janet, granddaughter Lisa Lynn Carey and her husband, grandson Joshua Kenneth Willins, USMC, granddaughter Danielle Elizabeth Willins and her love Matthew Milczarski, great grandson Mychael Carey, and great granddaughter Autumn Carey.

Norma is also survived by her sister Marjorie Graves Donnelly of Saint Petersburg, Florida along with many nieces and nephews. Norma is predeceased by her brother Robert R. Graves, and sisters Helen M. Graves and Barbara Graves Paul.

A memorial service is planned for December. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org/). Silverton Memorial Funeral Home 2482 Church Rd., Toms River is in charge of the arrangements. www.silvertonmemorial.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 27, 2016
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