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Obituary for Norma A. Szafranski

Norma Ann Szafranski, 93 of Bronson passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital.

A graveside service will take place at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Lockwood Cemetery with Pastor Shayne Looper officiating. There will be a memorial visitation Friday, July 12, 2019 at Dutcher Funeral Home in Bronson from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Norma was born October 26, 1925 to Rudell and Neva (Crawford) Bates in Coldwater. She was a long-time telephone operator at the Coldwater Hospital, retiring in 1987 after 30 plus years. On December 16, 1944 she married Joseph Szafranski in Coldwater. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2001.

Norma has been a long-time member of Lockwood Community Church. She was also a 4-H Leader for the Batavia Hustlers for many years. Norma enjoyed spending time knitting, crocheting, painting, and reading. She was an avid Jeopardy fan. In her 80’s she became involved with social media to be able to stay in touch with all of her grand and great grandchildren. Norma will be remembered for having a way with words, along with her loving, caring, and strong-willed spirit. Her sense of humor will be missed by many.

Mrs. Szafranski is survived by her children Connie (Michael) Jones of Potterville, Jeanine (Daniel) Prater of Bronson and Jo Ann (Randy) Houtz of Bronson; her daughter-in-law Janice Yesh of Quincy; her sisters Alice Pew of Three Rivers and Marjorie Nedell of Bradbury, CA; her grandchildren Tessa Jones, Michelle Jones, Patrick (Jennifer) Roussey II, Brandon (Tami) Roussey, Sarah (Corey) Collins, Amanda (Greg) Morick, Aimee (John) Prater-Smiertka, Bradley (Dom) Prater, Joseph (Nicole Houghton) Houtz, Jeffrey (Ragen) Houtz, Marni Szafranski, Heidi (Sean) Mckisic, and Tony (Jennifer) Szafranski; 29 great and 4 great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joseph; her son Edward Szafranski; her sister Jean Teachout; and her granddaughter Cami Szafranski.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Arcadia Care Givers, Great Lakes Hospice, and Bobbi Wallow.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.