October 13, 1927 ~ October 13, 2020

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

Norma Jean Laichas passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, on October 13th, 2020, her 93rd birthday. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13th, 1927.

Norma was deeply loved by all who knew her, and will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit, her generosity and wisdom, her deep and abiding faith, and her sense of humor and contagious laugh.

With her beloved late husband, William (d. 2001), Norma made Glasgow, Kentucky, her home in 1985. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, and a long-time volunteer at T.J. Samson Hospital and was known for her compassion and empathy for loved ones and strangers, alike.

Norma is survived by her four children, Bill Laichas (Ellen) of Glasgow; Carol Gough of Lafayette, Colorado; Susan Ripperdan (Kevin) of LaGrange, Kentucky; and Nancy Laichas of Washington, DC. She was the proud grandmother of Kasey, Megan, Josh, Sarah, Sam, Shannon, Courtney and Alex and the doting great grandmother of Jeffery, Jacob, Reese, Sully, Archie, Jean, John, Sawyer, Tasma, Millie Louise and Ellie. She was preceded in death by her great grandson, Jasper.

Because of the challenges of COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date, so all who loved her may celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the Glasgow First United Methodist Church, 500 S Green St, Glasgow, KY 42141.

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  1. Oh how I loved her. My mom and dad Jim& Eleanor Mason were great friends. Spent many weekends together. Bill and my dad would sit and solve alot of problems. Mom also worked with Norma at TJ. The famous pink ladies. Much love to you all. Nancy

    • Nancy, . Our family greatly appreciates you taking the time to post. Eleanor was such a special friend to our Mom. Mom also spoke so highly of you, and appreciated how helpful you always were. While we are grieving her loss, we are comforted by the memories and stories shared by her many caring friends.
      Thank you again!!

  2. My deepest sympathy may the peace of God surround you and your family during this time of sorrow. My family and I will be praying for you during this difficult time.

    • Andy,
      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It was so nice of you to take the time to post. My family appreciates your kind words as well. While we are grieving her loss, we are comforted by caring friends who have reached out to us.

      Again, thank you!

  3. So sorry to hear the passing of Norma.Me and my mother Nancy St Charles loved her so much.We had bible study with her.She will be missed.Family and Friends are in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless!!!

  4. So sorry for your loss. I met her just once but she was such a lovely lady. Praying for the family and all that loved her

  5. My family loved Ms. Norma I am heartbroken. I hope that Her and my Mom Hazel are having fun in Heaven.
    My Thoughts and Prayers and my Love are with you all

    • Angie,
      On behalf of my entire family thank you so much for your post. Mom loved Hazel and your family so much. You certainly understand the pain of our loss having also lost your wonderful mother. While we are grieving her loss, posts like yours have brought us such comfort.

      Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.

  6. Norma was one of the kindest ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I know she will be missed by many. The world is a better place for her having been in it. Prayers for all the family and may God comfort each of you. God bless.

    • Martha,

      Thank you so much for your post. She thought the world of you as well. While we are so sad she is gone we take comfort in the fact that she was greatly loved by many.

      Thank you again for your prayers.

    • Norma will be very much missed. She was loved by all and always was cheerful even when she was in great pain from her back. Was my Mom’s (Patsy Langkabel) very best friend. We love you Norma rest in peace in God’s hands.🌹

      • Peggy,

        Thank you so much for your sweet words. I often heard Mom talk about Patsy and I know they were such great friends. It’s hard to imagine never getting one of Mom’s special hugs or hearing her laugh, but we are comforted in knowing she is free of pain and at peace with God. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

        Love, Carol

    • Brenda,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to post. Our loss is great, but we’ve been comforted by the many friends and family who have reached out to us.

      Thank you again, Brenda

  7. What a sad day–the loss of a dear friend. I met Norma about 10 years ago and she trained me at the TJ Samson gift shop and it was a joy to work with her. Loved her compassion and all the many devotionals she gave at our auxiliary meetings.
    She was a special person and we sent cards and notes to each other and the last one I received is still on my desk and will cherish that card and read it often.
    My deepest sympathy to all her family—God be with all of you during this difficult time.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Joyce. I know you were one of her special friends. Our family so appreciates you reaching out to us.

      The Laichas Family

  8. So sorry for your loss. May God bring you all peace and comfort. Heaven has gained a beautiful sweet soul.

    • Sheryl,

      Thank you so much for your kind post. She had just mentioned you recently after seeing you at the hospital. While our family is grieving her loss we have been comforted by the many friends who have reached out with thoughts and prayers. And you are right. She was a beautiful sweet soul.

      Thank you again.

  9. May your mother Norma’s memory be a blessing for all whose lives she touched as she lived on in the hearts of so many.

  10. I first met Norma probably about 5 years ago, and was privileged to spend many beautiful Sundays with her. As all have said, she was beautiful inside and out and a glorious testimony to her LORD JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT. Love you dear Norma and I am rejoicing with you as you now have met our Beloved Face-to-Face.

    To you Norma’s beautiful family, I say my prayers are with you and yours as you grieve and I pray the absolute peace and comfort of the HOLY SPIRIT surround you as HE surrounded your mother. Cheryl

    • Cheryl,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. Mom spoke about you often and how kind you were to drive her to different services on Sunday. I wish I had been able to meet you in person. Our family so appreciates
      your prayers.


  11. I absolutely adored Norma . I always looked forward to her warm hugs, sweet smile, faithful encouragement and strong prayers. She truly carried the presence of God. She will be greatly missed.

  12. Janette Perkins. I remember her at the hospital. Very sweet lady. So sorry to hear of her passing. In my prayers

  13. Mrs Norma & my mom have been friends for many years. I have seen Mrs Norma more often since I’ve been in the healthcare field. She gave the best hugs! I will sure miss my dear, sweet Mrs Norma!! Prayers to all of her family.

  14. Susie,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. It is never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts are with you and your family,

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