Norton, Gerry, Saginaw, MI, Formerly of Laingsburg, Michigan


Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Covenant HealthCare – Cooper; with her family by her side. She was 95 years old. Gerry Walper was born on October 26, 1919 in Detroit to the late Gordon and Clara (Freiday) Walper. Gerry was a proud graduate of Royal Oak High School. She married the love of her life and soulmate, Royce E. Norton on October 26, 1944; he preceded her in death on April 6, 2011. Gerry was a gifted and talented in drawing; mastering portraits and still life. She also enjoyed gardening and loved her dogs. Above all she loved and cherished her family and friends. She was of the United Methodist Faith. Surviving are two daughters: Toni (Jim) Birney of Camarillo, CA, Denise (Bob) Kin of Saginaw; eight grandchildren: Kelly (Mark) Polizzi, Michelle Park, Sarah (Jordon) Munzo, Anna (John) Tyrell, Sharon (Charles) Lawrence, Emily (Mark) Boenger, Samuel (Carrie) Norton, Katie (Bryan) Spalla, and Daniel (Kimberly); 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, June Mattingly of Portage. She was preceded in death by a son, Chris Norton and one brother, Duane Walper. A Funeral Service will take place on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road. Rev. Kathryn Snedeker will officiate. Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the First United Methodist Church – Children’s Fund, 4790 Gratiot Rd., Saginaw, Michigan, 48638. Share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through or www.deislerfuneralhome.com.