Norma Rae Bruncke passed away quietly in her home on September 28, 2012, of complications from cancer and pulmonary disease. She was 75.
Norma was the daughter of Raymond and Frances Erickson of Hibbing, Minnesota, who preceded her in death. She was born on September 2, 1937.
She graduated from Hibbing High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State College. Later, she received a master’s 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, Oregon. 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 Artists’ Studio Association of Lincoln City. She was an avid bridge player and played with three different groups in a week. She taught a number of friends to play bridge.
Norma is survived by her husband of 52 years, H. Paul Bruncke; a son, David Paul Bruncke of Aberdeen, Wash.; twin daughters, Catherine Marie Smith of Lincoln City and Barbara Ann Van Valin of Salem, Ore.; granddaughters, Allyce Michelle Bruncke of Long Beach, Wash., Claire Madalyn Bruncke of Aberdeen, Wash., and Grace Lauren Bruncke of Ocean Park, Wash. Norma was also survived by her sister, Alice Burke of Woodbury, Minn., and her brother, Carl Erickson of Skiatook, Okla.
Norma had three step-granddaughters, Ashley Smith of Salem, Ore., Stefanie Smith of Salem, Ore. and Abby Smith of Monmouth, Ore.; and three step-great-granddaughters, Trinity, Kylee and Allie Smith.
Donations should be made in her name to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. There will be no memorial service, at her request.