Norma Koenig

Glenview, Illinois

Aug 22, 1920 – Jul 24, 2019


Norma Koenig (nee Strey) passed peacefully into heaven on July 24, 2019. She was born August 22, 1920, in Chicago, IL. She is survived by the love of her life, Edward N. Koenig, whom she married 77 years ago. The two of them founded the Chicago-based real estate company Koenig & Strey Realtors in 1961 with her brother, Tom Strey. Her greatest joy was her family, which extended well beyond the traditional boundaries. Many unrelated people called her Grammie, and she showered each one with love, wisdom, hospitality and smiles. She is also survived by four adoring children; Tom (Sonja) Koenig, Carolyn (Chris) Eigel, Nancy (Craig) Davis, and Jeanne (Tim) Hanson, ten loving grandchildren; Jeffrey (Karoline) Eigel, Chris (Katie) Bolling, Ted (Andrea) Eigel, Tom (Suzanne) Bolling, Amy (Jason) Reynolds, Alissa (Jim) Staples, Matthew (Libby) Koenig, Meredith Koenig-Kriess, Megan (Ben) Burnham, and Kristen (Geoff) Elsner, and 18 great-grandchildren. Norma attended Schurz High School, Wright Jr. College, and the University of Illinois, Champaign. Norma & Ed were married July 25, 1942. In 1955, they relocated from Chicago to Glenview, where they started Koenig & Strey Realtors, now part of Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff. She loved time at their lake house in Williams Bay, WI. Norma was an avid angler, and her tackle box always included lipstick and a hairbrush. Norma's friendships included church friends, her Alpha Beta Mu sorority sisters, the "Belles" who worked at Illinois Bell during the war, colleagues in real estate, and every family she helped find the right home or sell theirs. She called everyone "Honey" and had a gift of making each person feel special. The celebration of life will be held at Saturday, August 3, at 10 AM at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1333 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL, 60025. Additional information at

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We mourn the passing of such a beautiful person inside and out, yet we celebrate the amazing life she led. Norma always left you feeling better, always filling you up. We will miss her greatly. Our thoughts are with the Koenig family.

With love, Greg and Jan Laughlin

she was a super super lady .......and a true SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI ........
from Bill Bringham and the sigma chis throughout chicagoland

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Koenig extended family.

She was a wonderful person, and a fine example for the generations that follow.

Dick and Betsy Rutledge
Wilmette, Illinois

To the Family of Ms. Norma Koenig my deepest condolences. What a wonderful long life your loved one had, Psalm 90:10 says that the of our years are 70 years, because of special mightiness 98 years. Old.Special mightiness indeed. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart. ('CL')

My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return your loved ones who passed away in death . 1 Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .

Sending our sincere condolences to you all and may the God of all comfort bring you the needed strength to endure this time of grief.

My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May the comforting words found at Hosea 13:14 help to console your heart during this difficult time and in the days ahead.

We are saddened to hear of Norma's passing. She was a wonderful person and we will always remember her fondly. Our prayers go out to the entire Koenig family.