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Norma Buchan Hoffman


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Norma Buchan Hoffman Obituary
NORMA BUCHAN HOFFMAN Aug. 22, 1922 - Nov. 16, 2014 Norma Buchan Hoffman (formerly Zundel) returned to her Heavenly Home on November 16, 2014. Norma was a quiet follower of Her Savior and a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family and friends were inspired by her faith, generosity, kindness, and artistic creativity. Anyone who knew Norma knew that she cherished her family. She was born in Watseka, Illinois, to Glenwood Marshall Buchan and Irene Lillian Euchner on August 22, 1922. She was raised in the Methodist faith and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 26, 1950. While a nursing student in Chicago, she met her first husband, Frederick Morris Zundel, while he was working through medical school at Northwestern University. It was love at first sight for him, but she needed a bit more coaxing, and they married on September 14, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois. They were later sealed as husband and wife for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. After Fred's graduation from medical school, they moved to Oroville, where they raised four sons, Fred, Tim, Jeff, and Bill. They lost their first son, Paul, in childbirth. Norma remained in the home to care for her sons until the 1960's, when she joined Fred as a nurse in his medical office. This continued until Fred passed away unexpectedly on August 7, 1967. Some years later, she met Sargent Hoffman, a retired farmer and a genuinely loving and kind man, and they married in Oroville on December 6, 1975. She and Sarge spent 27 years together before his passing in January 2002, visiting children and grandchildren, spending their summers fishing and relaxing in Crescent City, and occasionally exploring exotic places. During this time she took up advanced artwork and produced a large number of oil paintings and sketches, many of which expressed her love for her Heavenly Father and His Son and are prized possessions of her children. She also spent several years working in the Oroville school system as a school nurse, primarily because of her love for children and the less fortunate she met in that setting. Since joining the LDS Church, she remained a faithful member and loved going to the Oakland and Sacramento Temples. She was a prayerful person and read from scripture each evening before going to bed. She was generous to a fault and helped her sons with their college education and other occasional financial needs. She had a special softness in her heart for the less fortunate that she met in life. She was a true follower of Jesus Christ. In 2007, when Norma began having difficulties living independently, she moved from Oroville to live with her son Bill and his family in Ogden, Utah. They welcomed her in their home and provided love and watchful care for her (with special thanks to Jenise, Bill's wife). She spent the last few years of her life in an assisted living center in Clovis, California, where her son Tim and his wife Mollie spent countless hours helping with her care as a debilitating dementia slowly took its toll. Remarkably, although her dementia gradually removed her memory and recognition of family and friends, and except for the last months of her life, her loving and affable personality continued. The heart of this wonderful mother, wife and grandmother continued almost to the very end. She is survived by her sons, Fred (Lorna) Zundel, Tim (Mollie) Zundel, Jeff (Kelly) Zundel, and Bill (Jenise) Zundel, and her stepson John Hoffman and stepdaughter Leslie Vermillion, and nineteen grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and one brother, Lorne Buchan, her only sibling. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the Oroville Third Ward at 2390 Monte Vista, Oroville, California. Interment will follow at the Oroville Memorial Cemetery.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
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