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Catholic News Herald

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VALE — Sister Mary Norman Joseph, CLHC, a member of the Maryvale Sisters, went home to God on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 25, 2016, at St. Aloysius Church in Hickory. Interment was at the Maryvale Sisters’ cemetery in Vale.

She was born in Hartford, Conn., on June 13, 1947, the daughter of George and Cora Palin Woodend. Besides her Maryvale Sisters, she is survived by her mother; a brother, Joseph Woodend; sisters Mary Dupuis and Rosanne Krawiec; and nieces Julianne and Sarah; nephews Jeffrey, Timothy and Zachary; and her loving cousins, Brian and Connie Morin.

She graduated magna cum laude from Holy Apostles Seminary College in Cromwell, Conn., and earned her master’s degree in spiritual counseling from The Shalem Institute Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.

She served in various parishes at the Diocese of Charlotte, most recently at St. Aloysius in Hickory for 25 years as faith formation and adult education director. She will be remembered for her willingness to help all and her gentle, loving smile.

In lieu of flowers, she has requested that contributions be made to Maryvale Sisters Day Care School for a scholarship in her name for handicapped or underprivileged children.

Warlick Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

— Catholic News Herald