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Norma Kohli

Image by Nick Andréka


(née BLATZ)

Norma Eileen Kohli, a cherished wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, peacefully passed away on 4 March 2024 in Winnipeg, surrounded by her loving family. Norma was born on 17 January 1939 to Andy and Justina Blatz in Carmen, Manitoba.

Norma's life was defined by her unwavering love and dedication to her family. As a devoted and proud military wife, she shared countless cherished moments with her beloved husband Al, creating a bond that would withstand the test of time. Through many moves across the country, together they built a foundation of love, trust, and support that served as an inspiration to all who knew them. Norma both gave and received much love and devotion to her siblings, and many nephews and nieces.

As a mother, Norma's love was unreserved. She poured her heart and soul into nurturing and guiding her children, David, Richard, and Michael, instilling in them the values of compassion, integrity, and the necessity of a dry sense of humour underpinned with a quick wit. Her selflessness knew no bounds, and her children will forever be grateful for the unwavering love and support she provided.

Norma's role as a grandmother and great-grandmother brought her immense joy and fulfillment. She cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, creating lasting memories filled with laughter, love, and warmth. Her gentle spirit and unconditional love touched their hearts, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.

Norma’s retirement afforded her the opportunity to pursue two distinct passions: golf and quilting. A love of golf led to travels around North America and bragging rights over Al when it came to holes-in-one. She never let Al forget that it only took her a few years as a golfer to get her first when it would take him over 50. She managed this feat three times before Al got his first. The phrase ‘bragging rights’ is a significant understatement as she enlisted the grandchildren to torment Al regularly with one simple question: 'Grandpa, did you get a hole-in-one yet?’

Norma had a passion for quilting and sewing. Her skillful hands created beautiful works of art that will be treasured for generations to come. For years she made winter hats and mitts for children in need. She always said that kids shouldn’t have to do without. She made quilts for newborns under the Quilts for Kids program. During the COVID pandemic she turned her attention to making masks.

A chance meeting in a fabric shop led Norma to what would be the defining social group of her retirement. Quilting with her girls, Alice, Edna, Lesley, Lori, and Phyllis, brought her unmeasurable joy and love over many years. As her passion grew, so did the real estate in the house dedicated to her craft.

Norma will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and generosity will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held at a to-be-determined date in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba in Norma's memory.

May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love of those who went before her, and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Norma’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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30 mar

My condolences to the Kohli family. I worked with Norma at Energy , Mines and Resources. I was also a fortunate recipient of one of her lap quilts that had a horse theme as she knew how much I loved my horses. I still have this quilt and it looks as beautiful as the day she gave it me. Norma was a kind and beautiful soul. Debbie Wood

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