Norma Straw (1930-2022) loved all things that were pink


Norma M. Straw was born May 4, 1930 in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Claire and Hazel (Waite) Ellis. She grew up on the family farm on Pleasant Valley Road in South Beloit, IL. She graduated from Hononegah High School in 1947. Norma retired in 2000 from her office work at Welders Supply Company, Beloit, and prior to that, worked at Yates American.

Norma passed away at age 92 on Saturday, June 18, 2022,  at home surrounded by family.

She was passionate about her family, her flowers, her Halloween parties, Christmas and loved all things that were pink.

Norma is survived by her three sons, Sid (Sheryl Robins) Straw, John (Debbie) Straw, Bradley (Betsy) Straw; by seven grandchildren, Ryan (Mel Kautenberger) Straw, Brandon (Anna) Straw, Sherri (David) Gretschmann, Jason (Megan) Straw, Danielle (Scott Fletcher) Straw, Michelle (Mitch) Phillips, and Addison Barrone; and five great-grandchildren, Cash, Stevie, Ariyanna, Oliver, and Case.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her cousin Lois (Bill) Berg, who was like a sister to her, and a special friend Eleanor McReynolds.

After a private burial and funeral, an open house/Celebration of Life will be held Monday, June 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 221 West Main St., Rockton, IL. Food will be provided. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.

Memorials in Norma's name can be sent to Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third Street, Suite 200, Beloit WI 53511 or to the American Diabetes Association in support of her grandchildren with diabetes.

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