Obituary of Norma Comstock

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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 burst into this world on November 23, 1933 in Northampton, Massachusetts 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 Masters 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, MA, 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 Norma was 70 years old, she 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 5 daughters – Lauren (Van Hobgood), Suzanne (Wes Gray), Lisa, Karen, and Nancy (David Smith) and 8 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 Hospice Care 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 10:00 AM 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 AM to 9:30 AM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Norma’s memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through

4 Responses to Obituary of Norma Comstock

  1. I’m so very hear of your mom’s passing. So so many fond memories of her and your dad🥰 Prayers to you all🙏

  2. I’m so so sorry to of this. I have so many fond memories of your whole family 🥰

  3. Laurie, Sue, Lisa, Nancy, and Karen…my deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful mom…I think of all of you whenever I come through Williamsville and go past the old homestead…from reading her obituary, she probably ran up that stairway to Heaven and met your dad at the Pearly Gates! Peace and prayers to you all, and to your families…
    Lynne Arienti

  4. Your mom had a strong and unique voice with a folksy feel, that always made me feel at home. She always seemed so energetic. It couldn’t have been easy looking after 2 boys for a couple of summers way back when.

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Solace can be found in remembering the long and full life you Mom lead and all that she accomplished. Prayers to all of you.

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