September 1, 2014

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Norma Martha Linden Forthofer

Norma Martha Linden, born February 22, 1925, lived fully and passionately, perpetually radiating love, vitality, commitment and compassion to all she met, to all who were blessed to know her.

Born to Delphine and William Linden, and lovingly raised in meager depression years with six sisters and two brothers, Norma learned the richness and importance of family, religion and kind-heartedness.

Norma was courted by a farm boy from the other side of town who rode his bike to East Avon to visit the most beautiful girl in town. As the story goes, the annoyed east side boys would regularly let the air out of his bike tires.

Married May 3, 1945 to Julian “Foot” Forthofer, they raised six children. Foot and Norma worked the family farm, delivering and selling produce to the West Side Market, and owned and operated Avon Gun and Tack Shop, formerly Avon Hardware from 1948- 1990.

Norma’s love and commitment to her children was unrivaled and proven by her daily actions. She was supportive in all ways, in all they did. She never missed a track meet, football, baseball, basketball game, tennis match or horse show and was thought by her children to be the world’s best pie baker. Norma expressed, in her actions and devotion, how much she so loved her Catholic religion and being a part of the family at St. Julie Billart Parish.

She had a zest and feistiness about everything she did in life. An active sports woman, she enjoyed archery, trapshooting, golf, tennis, downhill and cross country skiing, swimming, camping, traveling and bicycling.

Norma was a nationally ranked trapshooting champion. Her accomplishments included Ohio State Lady Champion, for three consecutive years, 1968-1970.

In later years she and Foot traveled extensively throughout the world and her personal highlight was visiting Vatican City and seeing Pope John Paul, II.

Norma thoroughly enjoyed her water aerobics class and biking around the neighborhood. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were and continue to be her love. They have many endearing stories about Grandma “Mimi” Forthofer that always brings a smile and a laugh to their faces.

Norma is survived by her six children, Linda (Michael Uzelac) Forthofer, Dr. Lawrence (Dr. Marsha Heinke) Forthofer, Daniel (Ann) Forthofer, Joseph “Pete” (Deborah) Forthofer, of Whitefish, Montana, Charles (Preston Phillips) Forthofer of Bridgehampton, New York and Lisa (Kenneth) Matuszak; grandmother of Brian, Jason, Joseph, Justin, Kelsey and Tyler; and great grandmother of Helena, Jake, Cody and Brody; sister to Delores Klesta, Alice Riegelsberger and Maryann Hejnal; sister-in-law, to Martha Linden and Barb Linden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Julian “Foot” Forthofer; brothers, Clete and William; and sisters, Dorothy Schneider, Clare Woods and Eileen Vasu.

It was a beautiful sunny April morning the day “Foot” called his “Toots” home.

Family will receive friends Friday, April 5, 2013, 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 P.M., at Misencik, 36363 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio where closing prayers will be Saturday 9:15am followed by a 10am Mass at St. Julie Billiart Church, 5500 Lear Nagle Rd, N. Ridgeville. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Norma ‘s name to Michel J. Fox Foundation or the Monastery of the Poor Clare’s in Cleveland, Ohio.