Jean, passed away October 12, 2014 in Sublimity. She was born
May 20, 1932, to Carl and Amy (Husman) Gemar in Winner, SD.
Norma was active in drama, chorus, and playing the piano having
won a singing contest before graduating from Winner High School
in 1950. She enrolled at the Univ. of South Dakota, with
the hopes of studying art. Upon the suggestion of an advisor,
Norma took the Civil Service exam and did so well, the resulting
job offers kept her from returning to college. She settled on a
position as an interviewer at the Winner office of the State
was active in many community activities, the Business &
Professional Women’s Club, Order of the Eastern Star and PEO.
married Edward Kulbel in May of 1955. Using the GI Bill, Ed
earned his pilot’s license and was accepted as a trainee to
become an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA. With Ed’s
career, they lived in Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana and Alaska,
finally settling in Hillsboro in 1975. Norma worked in banking
until 1979, when she left work to care for Ed, who was diagnosed
with terminal lung cancer and passed away in May of 1982.
August of 1986, while attending a step-granddaughter’s wedding
in Gervais, she met David Karr. They made a plan to attend the
Oktoberfest a few weeks later, and were married on December 27,
1987. Norma and David enjoyed gardening, travel, attending
the symphony, and theater, especially the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, family gatherings, singing in the Stayton United
Methodist Church choir, volunteering and charitable work.
will be remembered for her gracious manner, hospitality and kind
is survived by her husband David Karr of Aumsville; Sister Linda
(David) Mitchell of
Rapid City, SD; six step-children Diane Schneider of Reno, NV;
James Kulbel of Salem; Shirlee Porter of Stayton; Sharon Karr of
Sisters; Dan Karr of Bedford, NH and Kathryn Karr of Portland.
services will be Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Stayton United
Methodist Church. In
lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Stayton United
Methodist Church. Serving the family,
North Santiam Funeral