Norma Gumhalter was a kindhearted woman who worked hard to support her family. She held three jobs over the years beginning as a school bus driver for Frontier School district, then an acquisitions clerk with the Buffalo Erie Public Library, and part-time in the Tops Friendly Market bakery.
In her downtime, Norma spent time with her kids taking them to their activities including hockey and gymnastics. Her children needed to be college-educated, and she took much pride in that. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, sisters, and brothers was something that Norma held near and dear to her heart. She was the happiest around her family. She traveled from time to time with Jean and her family, and her trip to Maui was one of her favorites. Norma always looked forward to spending time at Keuka Lake with her family, playing Uno with them, and spoiling her grandchildren with a little pocket money. She would make her grandkids laugh by chasing them around the house pretending to be a big bear. They always enjoyed going to “G-ma’s” home in Lake View because she had the best snacks like cheese puffs, fresh-cut strawberries, delicious turkey sandwiches, and the best couch for napping.
Norma was an excellent cook and baker, known for Christmas cookies, baked beans, and barbeque hamburgers. Norma enjoyed eating out with family and friends. She loved lemon meringue pie, ice cream, French baguettes and an occasional whiskey sour on New Year’s Eve.
Norma’s hobbies included caring for her many houseplants, particularly her African Violets. She enjoyed gardening and fussing over her rose bushes. Norma had a soft spot for animals. She loved her pets and grand-pups so much that she earned the nickname "Toast Lady" for feeding the dogs buttered toast.
Norma enjoyed listening to music, especially Josh Groban. Norma relaxed by watching her tv programs. Her favorites being, The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Law and Order SVU, Dancing with the Stars and the Buffalo Bills.
Norma was a long-time member of Saint John Paul II Parish. As a devout Catholic she prayed the rosary daily and attended mass every Sunday.
She will be missed by all whose lives she touched, but remember, it isn't goodbye; it's only "Bye for Now."
Gumhalter, Norma M. (nee Scholl) of Lake View, NY passed peacefully surrounded by family on January 22, 2022. Beloved daughter of the late Martin and Dorothy Scholl; devoted mother of Jen Gumhalter, Jon Gumhalter, and Jean (Tom) Reed; loving grandmother of Autumn Reed and Will Reed; and caring sister of Tom (Marti) Scholl, Dorothy (Ben) Higgins, late Howard (Audrey) Scholl, late Joan (Ed) Kadziolka, and late Ron (Astrid) Scholl. Friends and family received Thurs. 1/27 4-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Fri. 1/28 11AM at St. John Paul II Church 2052 Lake View Rd. Lake View, NY 14085. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Buffalo City Mission. Online condolences and donations can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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