Norma Berdan

Born: Cherokee, OK on 09 October 1929

Passed away: Newcastle, WA on 13 June 2016

Aged: 86 years

Funeral Date: 25 June 2016

Service Details

Memorial to be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 PM.

Moose Lodge
206 N Main St
Ellensburg, WA 98926

The Story

Norma Jean Berdan passed away peacefully on June 13, 2016 at the age of 86 in Newcastle, Washington.

Norma began her life in Cherokee, Oklahoma, the seventh of eleven children of Fred B. Jurgens and Sarah (Sadie Rousseau) Jurgens on October 9, 1929. Norma shared her memories of moving from Oklahoma to the Kittitas Valley in Washington as a five year-old in a 1928 Hudson, remembering her first glimpse of the Columbia River near Vantage. The Kittitas Valley became home for a large part of her life.

Norma was stricken by tuberculosis in her teens and early 20’s, but through time spent in a sanatorium in Yakima, and later with lung surgery, was able to live a long, healthy life. After high school she attended business college in Seattle and returned to work at Puget Sound Power and Light Company, where she met her husband, George Walter Wines. During the 50’s and 60’s her time was spent raising three children, involved in their many activities. She volunteered at school functions, helped with baseball events, became a leader for the Bluebird and Campfire girls, and had an open door for all friends and family who came to visit. Norma joined the YMCA and was a part of many water ballet performances in Ellensburg.

Norma returned to work as the children grew, continuing in administration from 1967 through 1991 at the Kittitas County Auditor’s Office, where she hand-recorded the legal documents of Kittitas Valley and offered a cheery smile to many residents of the county.

After the death in 1985 of her first husband, she married Don Berdan, and her life was enlarged with a second loving family. Don and Norma spent time traveling, and resided in both Leavenworth and Arizona, enjoying retirement, golf and many new friends. They returned to the Seattle area in 2013.

Norma will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her readiness to dance and enjoy social gatherings, her love of family, her optimism, her open house policy to all friends and family, and her gift to spend time listening to friends and strangers who shared their lives and problems. Norma’s life made a difference to those who met her.

Norma is survived by her husband, Don Berdan, her sisters Frances Bosler and Martha Larson, her children Sarah Cheng, Walt Wines, Janet Vaughan, and step children Dave Berdan, Carol Berdan, Garth Williams and Rob Wiesendanger. She is also survived by wonderful grandchildren, nieces, nephews and greatgrandchildren. The family would like to thank Valentina and Pauline at Immanuel Adult Family Care for the love and attention Norma received during the last two years of her life.

A memorial service will be held at the Moose Lodge in Ellensburg, Washington on Saturday, June 25th at 1:00 pm. The family requests that you continue to celebrate Norma’s life by sharing thoughts and photos online.
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Your pain is in my heart.May you find comfort in Revelation21:3,4-“and death will be no more......” .You are in my prayers.

lil rose


‌I have this memory while we were at one of our girl’s week-ends. It was late at night and we all sat down for a game of password (we didn’t play by the rules), before heading off to bed. Aunt Jeanie was up and her clue to all of us was “ALLLLLLLLL”, (she kind of sang the word to us). We all were like what? So again she sings “ALLLLLLLLLL”. We finally all give up know we are not going to get it. The word she had was “ABOARD”. As in “ALLLLLL ABOARD”. We all laughed for quite a while. ‌

Colleen Schwarz


Mom and Anna at an office Halloween party.

Sarah Cheng shared a photo.


Susan Wines shared a photo.


Susan Wines shared a photo.


‌Dearest Norma: Your gentle kindness and understanding will be with me always. So will your coming to work wearing one blue shoe and one black shoe.‌

Anna Williams


Haha! I remember this. I bet Mom was mortified when she found out.

Sarah Cheng


‌My favorite memory of Aunt Norma is when she showed me how to take my bra off without taking my shirt off!!

Susan Wines‌

Susan Wines


‌Norma, your sweet, kind nature and beautiful smile are greatly missed. We are all very happy that you came into our lives. Carol‌

Carol Berdan