Norma C. Cragin, 90, of Northborough Norma C. Cragin, 90, of Northborough

Northborough – Norma Cragin of Northboro, formerly of Shrewsbury and Needham, died peacefully on August 11 from complications related to COVID. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by people who loved her, including her family and the staff of Beaumont Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Northboro and Salmon Hospice; Still determined, this was her second time in hospice, having been released nearly a year ago. We have been blessed for another year.

She leaves her three children, Linda Cragin and her husband Bob Lang, Debbie (Cragin) Emery and her husband Jim and David Cragin and his wife Marilyn. She also leaves four grandchildren of whom she was so proud, Jason Emery (wife Alex), Nicole Emery, Jeffrey Cragin and Heather Cragin.

She is also survived by two sisters, Caroline Kelleher and Joyce Penninger (husband Mike), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and lifelong friends whom she loved dearly. She was born in New York to William and Isabella Simon. Norma was predeceased by her husband of nearly 65 years, John Q. Cragin and her sister Elinore Bareiss. She was affectionately known as GeeBee by her family and friends after becoming a grandmother.

Norma attended NYU and Bentley College and started her career as an accountant at Rockefeller Center with a unique view of the Rockettes! In retirement, she pursued her passion for accounting as a volunteer treasurer at her church and Bargain Box at Southgate in Shrewsbury. Norma enjoyed shopping, watching sports, shopping, playing bridge and even more shopping.

Always ready to entertain, she loved hosting dinner parties for her friends and family. They were also more excuses to shop. She would ask her family to rearrange the furniture several times a year to keep her home always welcoming.

In her later years, she transitioned into online shopping, bowling, online shopping and BINGO. During the time when visits were restricted due to COVID, she loved Facetiming with her grandchildren and seeing their pets! The family would like to thank the staff at Southgate, Whitney Place and Beaumont in Northboro, UMass Geriatrics and Salmon VNA and Hospice for their compassion and care, especially their favorite assistant.

At Norma’s request, the services will be private. We will be sharing a tribute online in the coming weeks. If you would like to see it, please email [email protected] for more information (please include your name and relationship to Norma).

Although she loved the flowers, she would prefer you send memorial gifts to: Beaumont at the Northboro Recreation Department – please send Amazon or Michael gift cards to the family to purchase craft supplies or Salmon VNA and Hospice – Staff Appreciation , 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757.

Chiampa Funeral Home in Shrewsbury helped with the arrangements.

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