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Jane Martha Rees Norgren

1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Jane Martha Rees Norgren Obituary
July 5, 1935 - September 26, 2016 Jane Norgren died in Fullerton due to complications arising from two recent strokes. She was a native Californian having been born in Los Angeles. Her father, Earl Mortimer Rees, was born in Colorado where his family had emigrated from Wales. Her mother, Phyllis Cope Rees, was the youngest of the Loy/Cope children. Phyllis' family emigrated from England to Orange County in the late 1800s and settled in Santa Ana. They had a beach cottage in Laguna Beach where Jane spent many happy summers. Jane attended Whittier High School through her junior year. Her parents then relocated to New York where she graduated from Hastings-on-Hudson High School. She attended the University of Connecticut and joined Pi Beta Phi sorority. At UConn she met her future husband, Robert Norgren. Upon graduating from UConn with a degree in education, Jane returned to the California that she dearly missed and where Bob was completing his active duty Army service. She continued to remain a proud UConn Husky and an active Pi Phi alum. Her career as an English teacher began at Garfield High School in Los Angeles. Jane and Bob were married in 1958. When Bob finished his service in central California, they moved to San Francisco where she worked for Pacific Telephone. Bob's sales career then took them to Fresno where Jane resumed her teaching career at Fort Miller Junior High. In 1963 they relocated to the Rolling Hills neighborhood in Fullerton and Jane began a 42-year career in the Anaheim Union High School District. She taught at Orangeview Junior High and Cypress High School. For a period in the 1980s, she also taught ESL in the District's adult education program. Professional highlights include being an early fellow of the UCI Writing Project and membership in Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for the advancement of women educators. Following her retirement in 2001, she became active in several Orange County historical societies (Native Sons of the Golden West, Old Courthouse Museum Society, Orange County Historical Society, to name a few) and the Saturn Car Club. She is survived by her daughter, Marybeth Norgren and her husband, Per Cederstav, and their two children; her son, Kurt Norgren and his wife, Miranda Norgren, and their two children. Bob preceded her in death in 1999. A memorial will be held October 8, 2016 at 11am at Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the CSUF Center for Oral and Public History Renovation & Expansion Initiative. Donations may be made through the COPH website or contact Alina Mircea-Trotz at [email protected] or 657-278-2559 for assistance.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, 2016
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