Norma Longstaff died on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Kavanaugh House.
Norma was born on Nov. 15, 1928 and resided in Hubbard with her parents, Earnest and Elizabeth Kuhlman. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran church. The family moved to Hampton during her junior year of high school, where Norma graduated and remained for several years.
Norma then moved to Cherokee and worked at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. In 1969 she moved to Des Moines, where she met and married Ron Longstaff, her devoted husband of 39 years.
During the wedding reception, a toast was made stating "Congratulations Norma. You have not only married Ron, you just married the Iowa Hawkeyes." Norma enthusiastically accepted the challenge and continued as a avid Hawkeye fan until her death, even teaching her mynah bird to sing the Iowa fight song. She also was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan.
While in Des Moines, Norma was an office manager for Benderoff Asphalt, Video Midwest and Video Images. She retired in 1988 after serving as secretary for St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in West Des Moines.
Norma enjoyed attending the activities of her children and grandchildren and loved decorating her home for the various seasons and holidays. She adored animals, especially dogs, and leaves behind Princess, her black cocker spaniel.
Norma was a member of the Lutheran Church of Hope where her funeral service was held on July 22, 2009
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Lutheran Church of Hope, Hospice of Central Iowa, or the Animal Rescue League.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Sharon Sue.
She is survived by her husband, Ron; her two sons, Douglas (Julia) Miller of Cherokee and Timothy (Cathy) Miller of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and her daughter, Christi (Yolanda Hardy) of West Des Moines. She has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with two on the way.