Memorial created 06-14-2017 by
Norma S Lee
January 27 1932 - May 7 2017
This online memorial was created in loving memory of Norma Lee, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Norma's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Norma forever.
Norma S. Lee's Obituary
Norma S Lee, January 27, 1932-May 7, 2017
Norma passed peacefully in her sleep, which is the way we would all like to go. Norma was born in Springfield MA to Frank and Florence Sherman. She had two siblings; an older brother, Douglas Sherman, and a younger sister, Diane Villagomez (nee Sherman). She was married to Elgin D Lee in Springfield in 1950. Norma and Elgin lived in MD the first few years, where their only child, Scott Lee was born, in Annapolis in 1953. In 1956 the Lee Family moved to LaPorte IN. Norma began her business career at Joy Manufacturing in LaPorte. In 1965 the Lees moved across the state line to Park Forest IL, where Norma began her long career in legal administration at the Sonnenschein law firm in Chicago, riding the Illinois Central train to downtown and back every day. Norma spent several years at Sonnenschein, and then moved to the firm of Wilson & McIlvaine, managing that firm while it grew from less than 25 attorneys to 75. Her next step took her to her "home" at the Much Shelist law firm, where she helped grow that firm from modest beginnings of 25 attorneys to more than 100 over 20 years later. She was much loved at Much Shelist, and a dear friend of Morrie Much, a founding partner. To this day she still has many friends in that firm.
Norma was very active in founding the national Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) in 1971, and went on to become ALA's first female national president in 1977. She traveled every year to the ALA national conventions, which were held all over the USA. She was instrumental in helping get the Chicago chapter of ALA started in the 1980's.
Norma was an avid traveler, visiting Europe 3 times, and traveling to exotic locales, including the Carribean, Australia and Russia (just prior to the breakup of the USSR). She loved to sail, and spent many days sailing with friends.
She also enjoyed traveling all over the US, visiting many casinos with her great friend, Mary Lou Reardon, among many others. She loved the slots, and got great enjoyment and entertainment from her weekly trips to the local casinos around Chicagoland. She also thoroughly enjoyed a good game of Scrabble, as well as playing Tripoli with many of her friends and family.
In 2007 Norma married a longtime friend, Raymond (Jeff) Jefferson, and began a life together, lasting more than 10 years. Jeff and Norma traveled frequently, visiting family and friends all across the country. Norma loved to vacation on the beach, in the Tampa Bay area of FL (Indian Shores), and spent a month there each year for almost 20 years. Her love of FL was inherited by her son Scott, who now resides in the same area. Norma had 100's of friends, and was beloved by all who knew her, loving her terrific smile, wonderful hugs, and vibrant outlook on life. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was taken from us many years too soon.
She is survived by her husband Jeff, her sister Diane, her son Scott, her grandson James Lee, and several nieces, Kim, her daughter Caitlin, and Vanessa, all of the Boston area, and niece Melissa from CT. Additionally, she is survived by the children in her step-family, including Peter Jefferson, Tim Jefferson, Mike Jefferson, Gail Harpold, and grandson RJ Metz.
There is a memorial celebration of her life, planned for Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Chicago. Plans are for a short boat cruise on Lake Michigan to raise a toast to Norma, and spread her ashes at sea, according to her wishes, followed by an informal lunch in the party room at her condo building, at 5445 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL. If you wish to attend the memorial, please RSVP to Scott Lee, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (773-551-7473). If you are unable to attend in person, you may leave well wishes and comments on this webpage. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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