Norma Ann Kroetch, a parishioner at St. Clare Church for 50 years, died June 13. She was 78.

Mrs. Kroetch was born July 29, 1934, 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa. She moved to Portland in 1938, and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1952. She married Leo Gerard (Jerry) Kroetch in 1956. From 1968 through the mid ‘70s, she wrote feature stories for the Southwest Times, and then she worked as a secretary at Tektronix, retiring in 1994. Gerard died in 1983. In 1991, she met Stan Bacon and they married.

She is survived by husband, Stan; daughters, Ann, Portland; Jeanne (John), Camas, Wash.; Colleen (Darren), Beaverton; Sharon (Gary), Neskowin, Wash.; son, Michael, Berlin, Germany; and six grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11, at St. Clare Church, followed by a potluck reception.