Rosemary G. Stanchina

NORWAY – Rosemary G. Stanchina, 95, of Norway, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her home in Norway.

She was born on April 18, 1919, in Norway, the daughter of immigrant parents, the late George and Mary (Paul) Massa.

Rosemary graduated from Norway High School, class of 1936. Following graduation she worked in Milwaukee for a few years before returning to Norway.

Rosemary married Daniel C. Stanchina on June 1, 1946, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2000.

She was a life-long member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, and she sang in the church choir for many years.

She was also a member of the Norway-Vulcan Women’s Club and enjoyed playing in several bridge clubs though June of this year.

Rosemary was the first woman to serve on the Norway City Council and the county board of commissioners.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Mary (Wayne) Becker of Durham, N.C., Gregg (Pat) Stanchina of Iron Mountain, Georgia Kay (Edward) Chounard and Jeffrey Stanchina of Norway; grandchildren, Brent (Dana) Becker of Shanghai, Ryan Becker of Carolina Beach, N..C, Jordan (Kristin) Stanchina of Iron Mountain, Jared (Lisa) Stanchina of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Joel Stanchina of Iron Mountain, David, Jason (Kelly), Michelle (Shannon) Lucero of Littleton, Colo. and Nick Stanchina of Norway; great-grandchildren, Avery, Brooke, Elliott Becker, Veronica Stanchina, Audriana and Jagger Stanchina, Morgan, Cailee and Emily Lucero.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship started, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine to tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me

God wanted me now; He set me free.

– Author Unknown

A private family Memorial Mass will be celebrated.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

Condolences to the family of Rosemary may be expressed online at

Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.