Norma J. White

By on July 28, 2011

Norma J. White, 71, of Yorkville, formerly of Aurora, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Sunday evening, July 24, 2011. She claimed the promise of her Savior and now rests in Heaven, caring for her family from afar.

She was born June 6, 1940, in Peru, Ind., the daughter of William and Mabel (Rodekuhr) Poole.

Norma’s family moved to Plano when she was still small and attended local schools. She graduated from Plano High School with the class of 1958.

She was united in marriage to Patrick Brunner on July 3, 1958. They were blessed with two children, Randy and Tracy. Later, she was married to Andy White in 1968 and was blessed once again with another daughter, Shari.

Norma made her homes in the Fox Valley area, making memories in each that have been passed down to the next generations.

Norma spent her working career in manufacturing, working 27 of those years at the Dial Corporation, retiring as a forklift operator in 2003.

She was a faithful member of the Covenant of Grace in Batavia for many years.

Norma loved watching the BBC, and especially loved mystery novels and crossword puzzles. “The Board Game Grandma” was how she was known to some, playing and many times winning board games with her children and grandchildren. In addition to playing board games, she also was known as “The Green Grandma,” always finding a way to incorporate the color into every facet of her life. Trips with her grandchildren to the museums and other day trips made every visit fun and unforgettable. Norma had a great heart that had more than enough love for everyone and gave to all who were in need, putting others before herself and always “giving ‘til it hurt.” She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Randy (Janie Gerdes) Brunner of Peoria, Ill., Tracy Brunner of Austin, Texas, and Shari (Chad) Czerwinski of Sugar Grove; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Brunner, Patrick Brunner, Nicholas Clark, Sara Snyder and her daughter, Sydney Boerma, Aaron Snyder, Ryan Czerwinski and Katherine Czerwinski; and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Private memorial services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Norma White Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at