Norma Jeanne DeHaven
Verona–Norma Jeanne DeHaven, age 55, of Verona, took her final breath on Sunday, May 25, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. After a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, she found peace once again with the sweet smell of lilacs in the air.
Norma was born on October 13, 1958, the last of four children raised by the late Lolita Parker and Van Creech in Manitou Springs, Colorado. She spent her youth riding horses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and nurturing a talent for numbers by helping at her mother’s accounting firm and father’s millwork business. Always a standout student, Norma graduated from Manitou Springs High School and attended Colorado State University on scholarship, earning a degree in accounting.
Married in the summer of 1983 after a passionate courtship by Burt DeHaven and subsequent relocation to Madison, they danced their way into a family with the birth of their first son, John Parker, a year later. In 1987, Norma began her distinguished public service career as administrator for the Town of Madison and quickly applied for maternity leave, welcoming little Spencer Paul into the world that same year. After a move to Fitchburg and the passing of her mother and brother-in-law, the last of their three boys, Jacob Craig, brought some needed joy back to the family.
Continuing her career with the City of Fitchburg, Norma was appointed by Gov. Tommy Thompson to a four-year term on the State Investment Board in 1995. It was during this time that her life long love of portraiture drawing and painting evolved into fiber art, and she began quilting award winning pieces featured at the Art Fair Off the Square and the International Quilt Festival. A number of her art quilts are hung around Madison, including a commission for Good Shepard Lutheran’s sanctuary of the Resurrection of Christ that required so much emotional and spiritual energy that she could never bring herself to create another.
In order to spend more time with her family, Norma joined her husband’s property management business in 2000. In the absence of quilting she discovered jewelry making as a rewarding creative outlet, and began crafting truly unique pendants, bracelets, and earrings with gemstones and flowing metal wraps. Much of her work is owned and cherished by countless people around Madison and abroad, and the family encourages all who are so lucky to have a piece of Norma’s to wear it proudly in celebration of her life.
Called back to public service in 2010, Norma briefly joined the Village of Cambridge’s staff and quickly put their books back in order before accepting a position as finance director with her old friends at the City of Fitchburg. She cherished her role and the people around her at the City and continued working until she absolutely couldn’t anymore.
Though very successful in many areas of her life, faith, family, and friends were what she lived for. A true inspiration to all that knew her, the embodiment of compassion and kindness, Norma’s easy smile, soft gaze, and ever hopeful speech will be greatly missed. She is survived by husband Burt DeHaven; sons John, Spencer, and Jacob DeHaven; siblings Chris (Faith) Creech, David (Deb) Creech, and Claire Chiles; in-laws Doc and Lea DeHaven, Brad (Julie) DeHaven, Kelly (Dave) DeHaven, Darcy (Rich) DeHaven, Stacy (Rich) DeHaven, Nina (Jeff) DeHaven; as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at 4pm on Friday, May 30, 2014, at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Rd, Madison, with Rev. Sheryl Erickson and Rev. Rod Hank officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 1pm until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at Verona City Cemetery.
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