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Norma (Goyetche) Munroe passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 surrounded by her family after a short, sudden illness.
Norma was born in Gloucester on July 14, 1934 to the late Thomas Wilfred Goyetche and Mary Alma “Emma” (Boudreau) Goyetche. She leaves her husband of 58 years, Alan Munroe and her children, Alan Munroe Jr and wife, Linda of Hudson, David Munroe and wife, Lynn of Gloucester and Lisa Munroe Korte and husband Jeff of Cambridge. She was the devoted grandmother to Emily Munroe, Jacob Munroe and Vivienne Korte. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Doris Goyetche and her six half-siblings. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Norma attended St. Ann’s School and then Gloucester High School, graduating in 1952. She attended Bridgewater State Teachers College for four years graduating in 1956 with her teaching degree. Norma was a lifelong educator and she touched the lives of hundreds of Gloucester’s children leaving a lasting impression over her career of many decades. She began her career at Beeman School in 1956, later teaching at Fuller and O’Maley before returning to Beeman in the years before her retirement. Over the years, she also spent time as a tutor, a substitute and a volunteer in the classroom. She received her Master’s degree from Cambridge College in 1991 and was named Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Teacher Educators in 1992. To her students, her children and then her grandchildren, nearly everything was a teachable moment or a valuable lesson.
Norma was the head of the reunion committee for GHS Class of 1952 and enjoyed tirelessly planning and organizing every 5-year reunion with the reunion committee. Always sociable, Norma was an active participant in her book club, College Women’s Club and various charity groups. She enthusiastically attended Bridgewater State reunions and class events, staying in close touch with her college friends over the years. She especially loved her monthly get-togethers with the Class of ’52 Gals and with “her Tribe” of active and retired teachers and educators.
Norma was eternally cheerful and friendly and rarely at a loss for words. She never missed an opportunity to chat and was always able to start a meaningful conversation. With an innate kindness and thoughtfulness, she was forever ready to pitch in to help family and friends in need. Sick neighbors were sure to get a delivery of homemade chicken soup and any gift to herself was certain to be followed up with a sincere, hand written, thank-you note. Fittingly, Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday.
After retirement, Norma and her husband, Alan, spent many happy years criss-crossing the country, visiting Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and nearly every National Park, Civil War Battlefield and Presidential Library in between. She always looked forward to her annual trip to Stowe, Vt. at the family timeshare. As a life-long resident of Gloucester, Norma loved her hometown, especially drives around the Back Shore, walks along the Cut and visiting her favorite Cape Ann restaurants. Norma was a talented gardener and her endeavors won several awards from the Gloucester Civic and Garden Council for her front yard, including the Brooks Award in 1992. She was ever a voracious reader with a curious mind who never stopped enjoying life. Her most cherished times were spent with her husband, Alan and at family get-togethers with her children and grandchildren.
Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Norma’s name to the Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 16, 2016
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