Norma L. Bader, age 85, of Marengo, WI and formerly of Peoria, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She was born January 23, 1934 in Peru, IL, the daughter of Terrence and Laurel (Fritz) Martin (Martini).
In 1951, she graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School and in 1955 graduated from the University of Illinois. Norma received a Master’s degree from Illinois State University in 1980. For 35 years she was a preschool special education teacher in Peoria Illinois' District 150 where she touched the lives of countless children.
After her retirement in 1992, she volunteered for Head Start for a short time and was a volunteer coordinator from 2003-2019 at Global Village Fair Trade Shop in Peoria Heights. A voracious reader, Norma enjoyed the arts, traveling and her cats. Above all she loved staying in touch with family and friends and especially her much treasured grandchildren.
Norma, passionate about making the world a better place, was dedicated to causes of social good. As a long time friend said, “The world has certainly lost a voice for the underdog, a caring heart, a voice of reason, a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. She has left a good legacy.”
She is survived by her two children, Scott (Heidi) Bader, Sturgeon Bay and Elizabeth (Jordan Grunow) Bader, Marengo; four grandchildren, Justus (Caroline), Marika (Biagio), Betsy, and Hannah; her beloved older sister, Jeanne Daykin, Peoria, IL; two sisters-in-law, Connie Bader and Evelyn “Cookie” Bader; and much loved cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers-in-law, James “Jim” Daykin and Ron Bader.
Norma's family would like to thank the staff at Memorial Medical Center for the compassionate and professional care extended to our whole family during this difficult time.
There will be no services held at this time, but a celebration of Norma's life will be held in Peoria at a later date. Memorials may be made to Global Village Fair Trade Shop, 1308 E Seiberling Ave, Peoria Heights, IL 61616.
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Arrangements are by the Frost Home for Funerals and Ashland Crematory Service.