Norma Weston, age 93 of Wayne passed away peacefully on May 3, 2020.
Norma was born on November 30, 1926 in Pompton Lakes to John and Florence (Carlough) Struble. A member of the Pompton Lakes High School class of 1944, she had fond memories of being Captain of the Cheerleaders as well as being voted "Best Dancer" of her graduating class.
Upon graduating, she began to pursue her dream of becoming a high school English teacher entering Montclair State College. It was during that time that she met her "soul mate", a returning GI from World War II and Wayne native – Bill "Westy" Weston. They were married on June 25th, 1949 and enjoyed 54 years of joyous life together until his passing in 2003.
Norma began her teaching career right after graduation at the original Wayne High School until 1952 when she took a pause to raise her son as a stay-at-home mom. However, the teacher inside her never left and in the mid-70's she returned to teaching English at Schuyler-Colfax Middle School. This was truly her calling as she had such passion for correct and proper grammar. It didn't matter if you were a student, associate, friend, or family member – any grammar slips up was quickly corrected and many a student got back papers loaded with red pen markings emphasizing the mistake. While many students bemoaned her strictness and drive for their success, it was truly gratifying for her to run into students years later and be told that they now really appreciated all they learned from her.
Outside of teaching, she had so many other passions. An avid tennis player (although not as good as she thought she was); she would be on the court 4-5 days a week. Additionally, she played in highly competitive Contract Bridge leagues which fueled her mind into her late 80's when a series of mini strokes reduced her mental abilities.
But her biggest passion was her grandchildren. "Gamma", as they called her, was at their beckon call. Whether it was carpooling, attending their sport and school activities, going out to dinner, or spending the night at her home, "Gamma" was always with them.
She is survived by her son, Bill, and his wife Hope of Wayne as well as grandchildren Parker, Chandler and his wife Meagan, and Talbot as well as a sister, Shirley Potyrala, of Pompton Lakes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Preakness Reformed Church, 131 Church Lane, Wayne, NJ 07470.