Brunswick- Norma F. (Jensen) Fletcher, 96, a resident of Brunswick since 1945, died peacefully Friday, June 16, 2023, at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Colonie following a short illness.
Born in Troy, August 24, 1926, and raised in Pittstown, she was the daughter of Howard M. and Gladys I. (Spencer) Jensen and, for over 30 years, the wife of the late Frederick Fletcher, who predeceased her in 1977. Norma and Fred were married on October 21, 1945.
Norma attended the local District School, graduated from Lansingburgh High School, and later earned an Associate’s Degree in Business at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
As a young woman, she worked as a bank clerk and later as a retail clerk at the former Montgomery Ward & Co. in Menands and the Lord and Tan Department Store in Troy before taking a position as the secretary in the Guidance Office of the Brittonkill Central School District in 1960. She was promoted to the position of school guidance counselor and earned the position of District Treasurer, which she held for several years until retiring in 1981.
Norma was a member of the Grafton Seniors and a former member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Raymertown. She volunteered her time and talents as a clerk in the gift shop at Samaritan Hospital and as an usher at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Performing Arts Center at Russel Sage College in Troy, and Capital Rep in Albany. She was an avid round and square dancer, performing as a member of the “Single Squares.” She enjoyed traveling throughout the northeast and beyond, giving exhibitions in the art of country dance.
Norma was an exceptional homemaker and flower gardener. She was a good cook, enjoyed sewing, and made many beautiful quilts and purses that she took great pride in. Her purses were fondly referred to as “Norma Fletcher Bags.” She began snow-birding in her RV for several weeks each winter to the Naples, FL, area with friends. Later, she extended her snow-birding to include the entire winter and relocated to the Lake Placid, FL, area which she found to be more in line with her quiet lifestyle.
Norma’s survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lance and Donna Fletcher of Factoryville, PA, and Wayne and Claudia Fletcher of Brunswick, a sister-in-law, Sharon Jensen of South Glens Falls, four grandchildren, Daniel Fletcher, Kristy (Jamie) Fletcher, Carrie (Carl) Hall, and Aaron Mackof, three great-grandchildren, Joey and Ben Hall and Esme Labbe, several nieces and nephews, lifelong dear friends, Joan and Frank Casey, her beloved cat, Storm, and her four beloved “grand cats.” In addition to her parents and late husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Mackof, a sister, Evelyn Wheeler, and two brothers, Donald Jensen and Peter Jensen.
A funeral service for Norma will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route7, located in Raymertown. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
For those wishing to honor Norma’s memory, the family encourages you to call or spend time with a senior citizen. If you choose, memorial contributions may be made to MyGoodDays.org., a not-for-profit organization that assists with the financial burden of eye care and macular degeneration, a disease which afflicted Norma.
The Fletcher family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of Shaker Place for their respectful, dignified support and love shown to Norma while she was under their care.