We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at South Coast Chapel Mortuary LLC.
Norma I. (Harrison) Charbonneau
New Bedford, MA – Norma Irene (Harrison) Charbonneau left this
world on September 10th after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was
born in 1930 in Acushnet, MA, to the late Irene (Caya, Harrison) Dube
and Norman Harrison, and was the eldest and only girl in a family of six
children. She was the widow of Normand M. Charbonneau who was
deceased in 1967. Norma lived and raised her family in Mattapoisett,
MA where she worked for years as one of the beloved lunch ladies at
ORRHS. In 1983, she moved to Western Mass with her partner of many
years, the late Barbara Bumpus, where they resided for decades and
owned and operated the popular Box Car Restaurant in Erving, an
historic former train station that was the hub of the community. Norma
was a heroic single mother of seven, and leaves behind her sons and
their families; Michael, of Memphis, TN., Stephen, of St. Petersburg,
FL; the late Thomas of New Bedford; the late Kenneth of Fairhaven; her
daughters and their families; Jane C. Cain of Yarmouth Port; Karen C.
Zukas, of New Bedford; and Nancy C. Case, of Northampton, MA. She
also leaves behind her brothers Norman and James, the late Robert,
Gilbert, and Richard and their families; 11 grandchildren, 12 great
grandchildren, and over 50 nieces and nephews. She was a recent
resident at Our Lady’s Haven in Fairhaven. Norma was a lifelong
learner, a hard worker, avid world traveler, and a beloved spirit of
energy, positivity and good deeds. She loved gardening, music, reading
“histories and mysteries,” crossword puzzles, the Red Sox, and watching
Jeopardy. She was beloved by many in her communities, both is Western
Mass and back home and was a true inspiration to all who knew her.
A wake will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 8pm at South Coast Chapel Mortuary, 158 Middleboro Road, (RT.!8) E. Freetown and a Graveside service will be on Friday, Sept. 16th at 12 noon, at St. Anthony's Cemetery on North St. in Mattapoisett.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org and flowers are also welcome.