Norma S. Lang

Norma S. Lang Obituary
PORTSMOUTH - On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Norma S. Lang peacefully passed to her Lord.

Norma, a single, never married woman was blessed with (6) families during her lifetime.

First, born January 3, 1931 as an only child of Kenneth and Doris (Brown) Lang she grew up in Easton, N.H., learning self-sufficiency skills early. After graduating high school, small town Norma took the leap to Boston to attend broadcast school. Upon graduation, she had (2) job offers, Kentucky or Portsmouth N.H., and in 1952 she choose the one closest to home and transitioned to her second family.

Now employed by WHEB Radio, Norma began a journey that lasted (56) years. She was considered part of the "Classic" WHEB Team that all had incredible longevity through the 50, 60's, 70's and early 80's that included Cliff Taylor, Dick Rozek, D. Ellis, Tony Vaccarro, Howie Leonard and Duncan Dewar, her second family. Later team members such as Janet Ford, Anne Landau, Kelly Brown and others visited frequently. She became a "Rock Star" at Wentworth Senior Living when former co-worker Tom Bergeron showed up unannounced to visit her as residents and staff marveled that Norma had such famous friends visiting her.

Her 3rd family was her church and she would often tell the story of how when she arrived in Portsmouth, she had a plan to attend all the local churches to make her choice. First visit was the one closest to her home and with the warmth and reception she received at Middle Street Baptist Church the others never had a chance as she embarked on a 67 year membership which included leadership roles, choir and lifelong friends.

Her 4th family was the Bridge Family, church members who took her in and provided her separate living quarters, at a fair rate while welcoming her into their home and private lives.

Her 5th family was the residents, staff, management and most importantly the floor team workers at Wentworth Senior Living who provided care, kindness and most importantly compassion to her in her final years.

Her 6th family was the Rick Bean family for which she became an adoptive grandmother to Arielle and Jordan. Sharing all major holidays and family gathering with the Beans gave her a sense of belonging.

Norma will be profoundly missed by those closest to her including her faithful friend and constant companion Marie Tremblay with whom she would spend countless hours sharing stories of their lives over a glass(es) of wine, D Ellis who would visit her almost daily and Rick Bean who looked after her and cared for her and her affairs since her retirement in 2008.

SERVICES: A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, at 11 a.m., at The Middle Street Baptist Church, 18 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. A "Happy Hour" will be held at the church hall following the service to celebrate Norma. Burial will take place at a later date with her Mother and Father in Easton, N.H.

Published in Seacoastonline.com from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2018
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