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Norma Rae Bruncke

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012


Norma Rae Bruncke


Norma Rae Bruncke, 75, of Lincoln City, Ore., died of complications of cancer and pulmonary disease on Sept. 28, 2012 at her home.

She was born Sept. 2, 1937 to Raymond and Frances Erickson of Hibbing, Minn. She graduated from Hibbing High School and received a bachelorís degree in education from St. Cloud State College. Later, she received a masterís degree in education with a specialty in reading from Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She taught in elementary schools in Minnesota, Montana, California, La Grande and Lincoln City. In Lincoln City, she taught at both Delake School and Oceanlake School. She taught many children that were children of previous students.

Norma was a well known watercolor and colored pencil artist, and her works are in many collections across the country. She had shows at both Coronado Shores Beach Club and the Congregational Church. Norma was the secretary of the Artistsí Studio Association of Lincoln City. She was an avid bridge player and would play with three different groups in a week. She also taught a number of friends to play bridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Frances Erickson.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, H. Paul Bruncke; son, David Paul Bruncke of Aberdeen, Wash.; twin daughters, Catherine Marie Smith of Lincoln City and Barbara Ann Van Valin of Salem; sister, Alice Burke of Woodbury, Minn.; brother, Carl Erickson of Skiatook, Okla.; granddaughters, Allyce Michelle Bruncke of Long Beach, Wash., Claire Madalyn Bruncke of Aberdeen, Wash. and Grace Lauren Bruncke of Ocean Park, Wash.; step-granddaughters, Ashley Smith of Salem, Stefanie Smith of Salem, and Abby Smith of Monmouth; and three step-great-granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. There will be no memorial service, at her request.

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