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Norma Comstock, 90, of Williamsville

Funeral Mass for Norma Comstock will be held on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m., with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Church Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, with Reverend William P. Murphy Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale Cemetery in West Stockbridge.

On June 9, 2024, Norma Comstock died peacefully in her sleep at 90 years old. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother/”Memere,” and a great-grandmother.

Norma Comstock.

Norma burst into this world on November 23, 1933, in Northampton, Mass., to parents Mildred and Lucien Vanasse. She graduated from Saint Michael’s High School in 1951, where she was voted Most Popular, a testament to her wit and personality. Her young days were full of laughter and fun with her high school friends and her lifelong best friend Alita playing cards and giving the Nuns a headache. She graduated from UMass Amherst (after almost flunking out from long hours of playing cards) and North Adams State College with a master’s in education.

In 1955, this city girl married country boy Edward Comstock, and the two embarked on a marriage full of adventures throughout the years, eventually settling in Williamsville, until Ed passed away in 2017 after 62 years of marriage.

Norma loved her job as an elementary school teacher, and she worked at Village School in West Stockbridge for 40 years. Norma became fast friends with several other teachers in the small school and enjoyed performing group skits in the yearly talent shows. Her favorite role was playing the “Wicked Witch of the West,” and she was extremely convincing.

When not at work, Norma could be found anywhere in the great outdoors. Biking, camping, swimming, walking, hiking, sledding—she did it all and continued to be active well into her 80s. On a trip to Rome, Italy, when she was 70 years old, Norma easily outpaced her younger travel companions, especially when scaling the famous Holy Staircase (28 stairs) on her knees; being a lifelong devout Catholic probably helped.

Norma leaves behind her five daughters, Lauren (Van Hobgood), Suzanne (Wes Gray), Lisa, Karen, and Nancy (David Smith), and eight grandchildren, Andrea, Tom, Hayley, Ryan, Karen, Ben, Vanessa, and Jacob. She recently became a great-grandmother to Bello (son of her granddaughter Karen).

Throughout the years, Norma never lost her sense of humor or zest for life. In the days and weeks leading up to her passing, she was surrounded by loved ones. The family is particularly grateful to Coke Cardillo Forbes and Pam Lockenwitz for their care and devotion over the years and to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, who tended to Norma and made her transition so peaceful. Finally free of earthly shackles and no longer confined to a wheelchair, Norma is now able to regain her adventurous spirit once again as she walks (runs, skips, dances) with God and all the many family and friends who previously passed on and had been awaiting her arrival in Heaven.

Funeral Mass for Norma Comstock will be held on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m., with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Church Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, with Reverend William P. Murphy Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale Cemetery in West Stockbridge. Family will receive friends on Friday, June 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Birches-Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Norma’s memory may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through the funeral home’s website.

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