Norman John Balthasar
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BALTHASAR, Norman John Was called into eternal life on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the age of 65. Resident of Indian Shores, and Whitefish Bay, WI. Norm was born March 18, 1946, in New Haven, CT. He lived in the Tampa, area from 1972-1991, when he and his family moved to Milwaukee, WI. He retired from Fiserv, Inc., after 34 years, as the company's COO in 2008. Norm was a faithful member of the Catholic Church. Norm was the son of the late Clarence and Yvette Balthasar, and brother to Noel Balthasar. Norm is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan; his children, Matthew (Kelly Gavin), Mary (Andrew Pape), Amy (Christopher Tolbert), and Emily (George Fisher), and granddaughters, Carrington and Keegan. Norm loved spending time with his family, watching Notre Dame football, and using his knowledge to promote growth and progress within his communities. Visitation will be held at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Dr. Shorewood, WI 53211 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Robert Catholic Church, 2224 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 am, Rev. Gregg Tottle, Norm's brother-in-law, will officiate. The Balthasar family requests donations be made in Norm's memory to Pius XI High School, 135 North 76h St., Milwaukee, WI, 53213 (414) 270-9000. Norm served as Chairman of the Board at Pius, dedicated to the high school that educated his four children. Notes of Condolence to the family may be sent to' Feerick Funeral Home (414) 962-8383

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2011.
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September 23, 2013
From Patti the Architect... I was privileged to know Norm and his wonderful family. He was generous, sincere, and fair with all he came into contact with. I pray (yesterday at a Mass being offered for him at St. Michaels in Clearwater) he is receiving his eternal reward, that of a true and faithful servant of God. May Susan and all the children know the peace of God's love.
Patti Stough
November 13, 2011
My heart aches for you all. Norm served his life for the betterment of all. God Bless. There are no words to express the deep sympathy I feel for you all. Susan, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.
xo Tina Straub, Palm Harbor, Florida (Ellen's friend)
November 4, 2011
To Norm's family
I can only echo the earlier post written by Jim Carney. I started my career at Fiserv with Norm in Tampa and worked with him throughout the years.

I can't imagine the sorrow your family is going through. Norm was always a good friend, a great leader and the type of person so many of us aspired to be. He was someone we all looked up to and knew that he was always there for us. He took the time to know each and every one of us and was never too busy to listen and help in every way.

He will be missed by all. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Pamela Nealon
November 2, 2011
From the Catholic Foundation, our prayers are with the Balthasar family during their time of loss. Susan and Norm have been great a great support to the Foundation's work. Norm will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Susan.
October 31, 2011
Just a few days ago I was informed by a former schoolmate about Norm's passing. Ironically, about two days prior I held a newspaper photograph in my hand of the 1962 Notre Dame HS State Championship Football Team with Norm in it. He is a notable member of that team and the NDHS Community. My (our) prayers are for Norm and all of his family. May God Bless him, his family, and friends!


Jim L. Considine
Denver, Colorado
October 30, 2011
As another Notre Dame High School teamate of Norm's, who only recently reconnected with him, I was shocked and saddened by his untimely passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jack Warner
October 28, 2011
Susan, Matt,Mary,Emily and Amy,

What started as a dream became a reality for Norm. He became a champion to many, a hero, one of us, a technician with the skills to communicate. But, he was always one of us.

I am so sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the deep sorrow you feel. Please know Norm brightened so many lives, gave meanings to many, and careers to so many more.

We will all miss him and remember him in our day to day activities. Without him, where would we all be?

Love, and the greatest blessings to your family. We were all blessed to have known Norm as a friend.
Jim Carney
October 28, 2011
Susan, Matt,Mary,Emily and Amy,
I am so sorry for this family's loss. Norman was such a good and generous man and will be missed by all of us. Elaine and I wanted to fly out but couldn't get a flight, but our hearts were there with you. My love and prayers are with you all.
Phil Resta (Dunedin, Florida)
Phil Resta
October 28, 2011
I was a classmate and a teammate
( football ) at Notre Dame High -- class of 1964. We were both offensive and defensive lineman. I was saddened to read of Norm's death and even though our lives took us separate ways since the classroom and the practice field, it's still a loss that saddens and hurts. God bless his family and him.
Dennis Mannion
October 27, 2011
Dearest Susan, Matt, Mary, Emily and Amy,
I was so surprised and deeply saddened by Norman's passing. I have nothing but happy memories of our times together and when I think of Norman I remember his bigger than life presence, his adoration of you, Susan, and of course his wicked sense of humor. He looked so serious but he could certainly pick up a good line or joke without blinking an eye. Even though we have been separated through the years I think of you often, I see how the kids have grown, and I cherish the times we had together.
I know how difficult this is and I would like you to know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Susan, I am going to get your phone number from your mother and I do want to talk to you directly.
My love to all of you,
Darlene Beiner
October 26, 2011
I was so saddened to hear of Norm's passing. He was respected and loved by many. May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us and may God’s love and grace be with you always.
Debbie Loppnow
October 26, 2011
Our condolences to Norm’s family for your loss. May the peace of the lord be with you all in this difficult time. Norm impacted many lives at Fiserv with the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job and genuine caring for his fellow man. Qualities we could all use more of will now be harder to come by with Norm’s passing. Rest in peace Norm.
Kevin Finn
October 26, 2011
I was sorry to read of Norman's passing.I was a good friend of Norm when we were growing up - through Notre Dame High School and the college days. I grew up around the corner on Bellevue Ave. in West Haven.I have many fond memories with Norm - helping him lift weights in his parents basement, attending college basketball games - a number of them at Madison Square Garden. I remember once watching an NIT and an NCAA Tournment game on two tvs in his parent's Livingroom- one tv stacked on top of the other - real high tech!

My wife, sheila, and I send our condolences to your family during this difficult time. Norman and your family will be in our prayers.
Joe Klivak (Rocky Hill CT.)
October 26, 2011
Although I only met Norm a handful of times he was always down to earth and respectful of those that worked for him. May his family find peace in knowing what a solid and well respected person he was.
Brett Scholder
October 26, 2011
Dear Balthasar family;
The Balthassar's were our neighbors growing up in West Haven Ct. Both Norman and Noel were good friends and I have many good memories of our activities. I was sadden to read about Norman's passing.
John Cushing (Branford, Ct.)
October 25, 2011
I knew Norm through business having first met him in Tampa when he was managing the center there. I went to him many times over the years for his input, and was always blessed to see him on my visits to the Fiserv office in Milwaukee. My sympathy to the family and may our Lord give you peace at this time of loss. Norm will be missed by many, and he will certainly be missed by me.
Thomas Olsen
October 25, 2011
I remember Norm from when I worked at Fiserv. I remember talking with him when I applied for an executive secretary position in the Corporate area where Norm was. I had a very bad cold and almost no voice. When I walked into Norm's office, there he was with a box of tissues because he also had a cold! I looked at Norm and said "well, don't we make quite the pair!". We both got a good laugh over that one. Norm had such a quick wit, great sense of humor, and I'll always remember that wonderful picture of Vince Lombardi he had in his office. He was always so happy when someone would comment on it. Rest in peace, Norm. To the Balthasar family, you are in my thoughts.

Gail M. (Krajcir) Szplett
October 25, 2011
Amy and family,
I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear about your loss. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Rebecca Abraham
October 25, 2011
It is with our most sincere sympathy that we express how sad we were on hearing about Norm's passing. You all have been so kind and generous to our children over the years, and so many others at Pius. We hope you can find comfort in your many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared. You are in our prayers.
Mary & Roger Radke
October 25, 2011
Dear Balthasar Family,
We were shocked to learn of Norm's passing and want you to know Norm and you all are in our prayers. Norm is a giant. His compassion for the important things in life make him so very special and will truly be missed by many.
Paul & Joan Stencel
October 24, 2011
We only knew Norm from a distance but were always impressed by his sincerity for all employees. Our prayers are with your family.
Jerry & Carol Easley
October 24, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Susan and family. I am on the Board of St Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with Susan. Susan, you are a wonderful person and I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Dan Broderick
October 24, 2011
Susan, Emily and family, We are so sorry for the huge loss of your husband and father. Norm and Susan were an inspiration to us and many St. Roberts generous and kind and such good parents with strong faith. You are in our constant thoughts and deepest prayers. With sincere sympahty Susie, Tom, Leslie and the Popalisky boys.
October 24, 2011
Emily and family
Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. We will remember Norm in our daily prayers.

Pax Vobiscum
The Patrick O'Brien Family
Patrick O'Brien
October 24, 2011
Dear Susan and family as well as extended Balthasar and Tottle families. Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Norm was a very special person, he will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by so many that were fortunate to have known him.
Love to you all,
Gladys Holland
October 24, 2011
Matt and family,
My condolences to you all on the the passing of your Dad and husband.He was a very special and kind man that I enjoyed getting to know and talking with especially about Notre Dame football.
Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Tom Smith
October 24, 2011
Susan,Matt,Mary,Amy and Emily,
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love all of you! I wish we could be there with you during this time. Everyone will miss Norm so much! God Bless you all....
Love the Higinbotham Family
Denice Higinbotham
October 24, 2011
I knew Norm through his work as a volunteer for United Way when he was at Fiserv. I always thought he was so kind to take time to meet with me each fall, and to go out of his way to promote charitable giving within Fiserv. He's on my "favorite volunteers" list and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I'm a fellow ND grad and he liked to talk about his family and Notre Dame. My sincere condolences.
Nicole Emer
October 24, 2011
Though there were only a few opportunities to interact with Norm at Fiserv, he certainly made a lasting impression upon me as a genuine, caring individual with a wonderful smile. May you find strength in your faith, family and friends during this difficult time. And please know that he most certainly has touched the lives of many, many people. Blessings!
Patti Murga
October 24, 2011
I worked for Norm at FiServ Tampa in the late 1980's and will always remember his great sense of humor. He was able to make everyone feel like family. My prayers and thoughts are with Susan, Norm's children, and extended families.
Debbie Roth-Heger
October 24, 2011
I was very shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. May my thoughts and prayers be with you and your family during this difficult time.
Bunny Harris
October 24, 2011
To Susan and Family,

Sally and I offer our sincere condolences for your terrible and premature loss. Norm was the guiding light to many careers, organizations, and people. He proved you can be extremely successful in business while always being a good Christian. We will all miss him. He certainly made a big difference in my life.
Tom & Sally Taylor
Tom Taylor
October 24, 2011
Remembering the life of someone special.
We are blessed to have known such a man.

Heartfelt sympathies to all the family.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Valerie Brocksopp
October 24, 2011
Dear Balthasar family and friends, I wish to express my deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts.
-Alison Leonard (Mary's Childhood friend from long ago at St. Robert School)
October 24, 2011
My deepest sympathy. He was a great man to work with, always fair and had a great sense of integrity. Peace be with you.
Gerry Bradley
October 24, 2011
Norm Balthasar family: I was surprised and saddened to learn about the passing of Norm. He was a great mentor to many at Fiserv. I certainly enjoyed working for him for many years. May the Lord comfort all at this time.
Gary Osberg
October 24, 2011
I am saddened at the passing of Norm. I worked with him for years and always enjoyed his quick wit. He was a great man and he will be missed!
Diane Schmitz
October 24, 2011
Dear Susan and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Norman's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Dennis and Jerri Garber
October 24, 2011
I personally had but very brief opportunities to get to know Norm in our day to day professional lives, but he always managed through inspired and passionate leadership. His direction and vision has been missed since his retirement and we are all saddened by his departure to this next phase in life. From all of us that had the opportunity to know Norm we express our sincerest sympathies during this time of loss.
Doug Johnson
October 24, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are sent from Florida to the Balthasar and Tottle families during this difficult time of loss. May God bless all of you. The Brett Family
October 23, 2011
May God watch over your family and protect you during this difficult time. We love you, Mary, and your whole family. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. With love, Mary and Bobby Martin
Mary and Bobby Martin
October 23, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy to Susan and the family over the loss of Norm. Norm was well known for his generosity and his caring attitude toward others. I will miss my cousin. Normann and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sister Mary E. Balthasar
October 23, 2011
My sympathy to Susan and the whole family. I had the pleasure of working for Norm as his secretary for 9 1/2 yrs. at FiServ. getting to watch his children grow up through those years and their success's. He was a kind, gentle man with a heart of gold. His sense of humor and love for the game of football will be the memories I will cherish and hold close to my heart. Mary Jo Zaeske
October 23, 2011
Dearest Balthasar Family, Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you. What tragic news to hear. Norm made such an impression to so many beyond his immediate family. His heart touched so many....he will be deeply missed. May you all find strength during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda, Jeff, Angela and Liz May
Linda May
October 23, 2011
My sympathy Susan and to the whole family. I am very sorry for your loss, especially so suddenly and unexpectedly. Prayers for strength and peace. May he rest in peace. Sr Joanne
Sr Joanne, Kenya
October 23, 2011
My wife Kathy and I both had the pleasure of working with Norm in both Tampa and Brookfield and although he was an incredible business man, that directly helped grow Fiserv into what it is today, he was an even better family man. We have fond memories of Norm opening up the data center for fun Easter and halloween activities for our kids. He was instrumental in bringing up both to Tampa and even better getting us back to our home base in Wisconsin. He treated us like family and always took the time to make us feel comfortable in our new setting.
Glenn Kozicki
October 23, 2011
My sincerest condolences to all members of the Balthasar and Tottle extended families for whom Norm was a strong and exemplary patriarch. This was a role for which he was naturally suited by way of his leadership, faith, charitable nature, and sense of responsibility for others. However, it was his choice to take it on and he did so with joy. For me personally, he was the older brother I never had and although more recent social circumstances disrupted our contact, his wise counsel, insightful musings, and the way he lived his life still serve as guidance for me. The world was a better place with him in it and we are at a loss without him. Saying that "he will be missed" doesn't come close helping others understand the meaning of this man's life to so many who knew him and to the many others who did not yet who benefitted greatly from him having been with us.
Jim Rivenbark
October 23, 2011
Norm was a gentleman. He treated people with dignity. Norm ended every call or visit with a warm 'take care' and he meant it. His unconditional love for his family was so apparent and he was so proud of each of you. You were the true joys in his life.

May God give each of you strength to allow his memory to comfort and inspire you and may all of us thank God for the privilege and the gift of his friendship.
Mike Brauer
October 23, 2011
Our condolences to Norm's family. May each and every one of you find fullness of comfort in the ultimate reunion Jesus Christ brings to us all.

Mike and Janie Gantt
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