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Norma L. Martin, formerly of Du Quoin

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    Norma Martin

updated: 7/9/2020 10:20 AM

Norma L. Martin, age 96, of Alton, Illinois and formerly of Du Quoin, Illinois, passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in her daughter's home.

Norma was born on June 8, 1924 in Sesser, Illinois, a daughter to Joseph and Pierina (Chervatin) Pavletich. On May 15, 1949, she married Charles H. Martin in Sesser, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1999 after 50 years of marriage.

Norma was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin, the Catholic Daughters of America, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (60+ years), the Marshall Browning Auxiliary and the Monday Club.

Norma also served on numerous church committees, including the Sacred Heart School PTA; and as a Cub Scout leader and a Girl Scout leader.

Norma worked as a sales associate for five years at the Mall in downtown DuQuoin.

Survivors include her two sons, David W. (Debbie) Martin of Du Quoin and Mark A. (Mary) Martin of St. Peters, Missouri; three daughters, Judith A. (Jim) Roth of Godfrey, Illinois, Mary Jo Martin of St. Louis and Nancy L. (Walt) Furlow of Fairview Heights, Illinois; a brother, Larry (Glenda) Pavletich of Sesser; seven granddaughters, Cori (Barry) Maynor, Leah (Nick) Coleman, Rebecca (Patrick) Wilson, Rachel (Logan) Stone, Rosalind (Joshua) Finch, Emily Furlow (fiancÚ Collin Miller) and Claire Furlow; and five great-grandsons, Eli Maynor, Max Maynor, Jack Coleman, Tucker Coleman and Larson Stone.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one sister and brother-in-law, Lenora and Leon West.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Du Quoin with Father Joseph Oganda officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Du Quoin.

A public visitation will be held at Pyatt Funeral Home in Du Quoin, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 10. The family requests that all attendees wear masks.

A Celebration of Life is to be determined.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus and by the signing of the executive order by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Phase 4 attendance will be limited to 50 people and social distancing will be enforced.

Memorial donations may be made to Marshall Browning Auxiliary Tree of Life campaign or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Pyatt Funeral Home in Du Quoin has been entrusted with arrangements.

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