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Norma D. Katurakes

November 17, 1929 - March 17, 2016

Loving mother and grandmother, devoted wife of 67 years to her dear husband “Jimmy” and faithful servant to her church, Norma D. Katurakes , age 86, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2016, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on November 17, 1929, Norma was a daughter of the late Vincent Ianni, Sr. and Margaret (DeNest) Brank. Her passions were her family, the beach, painting, bowling, swimming, crafts, cooking, bird-watching, gardening, and volunteering. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Sodality, the Clarence Fraim Senior Center, and the Garden Club. She and her husband loved volunteering together at St. Anthony’s Festival, the Emmanuel Dining Room, and Our Lady of Fatima Church. In her earlier years, she was a Girl Scout Leader and costume designer for OLF musical productions.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her brother, Vincent Ianni, Jr.; and sister, Florence Venuto.

She is survived by her loving husband, James L. Katurakes; daughters, Lisa U. Yourison (Thomas) of Mullica Hill, NJ, and Nora C. Katurakes of Newark, DE; sons, James L. Katurakes III of Orlando, FL, and Mark A. Katurakes (Victoria) of Harbeson, DE; grandchildren, James Nathaniel Katurakes, Lauren Katurakes, Kevin Yourison (Lindsey), and Thomas Yourison, Jr. (Michelle); and great grandchildren, John Yourison and Sarah Yourison.

She was “the love of his life”, our dear sweet mother, and friend to all. She will be missed.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation will be held from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, at the address listed above.

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  • We love you mom!

  • Prayers are with your family during this time. She was so sweet and kind. We will not forget how she always treated our son so well at Our Lady of Fatima. We will miss her.

    Jim, Tina & Jimmy Ramsey

  • Rest in peace. Mom was my beach mom. her stern sweet smile will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the entire family. For comfort during this difficult time please turn in your Holy Bible for just that to the Book of Matthew 5:4,5 also Psalms 83:18 John 3:16…

  • My deep and heartfelt sympathy to the family for the loss of wife, mother and grandmother. I will cherish the memory of “Mom”s twinkling eyes and ready, welcoming smile. She was truly a “Mother” for the motherless and, I will always remember her.

  • Dear Nora and family, sending you my deepest condolences on your loss… Prayers, hugs and more prayers are sent your way! May the memories help ease the pain! Carinos siempre!

  • My deepest sympathy to James Katurakes & family. I’ll always remember Norma and her lowing , caring & giving ways.. Her love of family & friends was very unique.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Norma loved her family dearly and was a devoted mother and wife. She was funny and had such as generous heart giving her time to many worthy causes. Glad for the wonderful memories growing up and being at your house or around your mother. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • Sorry for your loss. When I look back on my childhood some of my best times are when we were with your family. She was one of a kind

  • thanks so very much..

  • she was our queen and one of a kind!!

  • Dear Norma was the princess I aspired to be when I was a child. She was my baby sitter, my trick or treat guardian, my ice skating teacher, and my dearest cousin. Serving as flower girl for her and Jimmy’s wedding was the answer to my little girl dreams.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Always had fun with Norma and Jim.

  • My prayers are with your family. I have found that we never lose those we love their memories and love stay in our hearts forever. May your faith give you strength. You have always had a wonderful family stay close to each other , God Bless

  • Jim & Family, was sorry to learn of the passing of Norma. Many found memories of raising our families on Hazlett Rd.

    God bless you all and know that she’s at peace with God. Sincerely, Pat

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dear Nora, so sorry to read of the loss of your mom. i didn’t know the lady well, but she had to be a great lady to raise you and your siblings so well…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May your faith and your memories give you peace and comfort. God bless!

  • You were a great example to me even though I knew you from afar. We would talk after Mass sometimes. Your care and compassion for your husband always showed.
    I will miss you…from one ‘South Phillie’ girl to another. God Speed; RIP.

  • Lisa and Nora, I have so many wonderful memories of your mom from my Girl Scouting days. She was a great leader and role model. I know you miss her already!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    “To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die.” Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet.repr.

  • Sorry for your loss, Jim and family. I have lived next door to Jim and Norma for 15 years. She was always a sweet woman, she loved the kids and our dog. She will be missed.

  • Nora & family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Hope all is well