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Penny Norton

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May 19, 1955 – March 8, 2024

We are saddened to announce the passing of Penny Elleen Norton, on Friday, March 08, 2024 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

One of seven children, Penny was born on May 19, 1955 in Kingston, Ontario to Burt and Anne Norton. 

Penny is pre-deceased by her mom and dad, Burt and Anne Norton, her sister Judy and brothers Wayne, Brian, Richard and Chuck. Penny is also pre-deceased by the love of her life Martin Altstadt.

Penny is survived by son Chris; daughter-in-law Jen; grandchildren Eric, Hailey, and Toren (she truly enjoyed your last visit and talked often about Eric going to B.C. and how she wished him the best); brother Roy (Lynn); numerous nieces and nephews living throughout Canada; as well as her “second mom” Marcy (Gary, Josh).  Also mourning the lost are the individuals she called friends, whose names I don’t list in fear of offending the one forgotten.

After the death of her father, Penny moved in and became a companion to her mom for years, until her mom’s death.  Penny faced many health challenges throughout her life, leaving her with varying limitations.   When health permitted Penny volunteer as “Bubbles” the Beavers and Cubs leader.  She enjoyed making memories on her road trip to Nova Scotia with Marcy, as well as her trips to Ontario to visit her sister Judy and family. In later years Penny found joy in listening to music, word searches, reading, watching movies (mostly the oldies) crafting, playing bingo, the special outings with friends, and the social events held in her building at Fred Tipping Place.

Penny’s spent a number of meaningful and peaceful years with Martin.  He was instrumental in Penny being able to:

Accept the hand that she had been dealt,

Let go of the hurt and pain of the past,

Be grateful for the blessings she had, 

to forgive herself and others,

and find joy in the simple things in life.

Martin’s death was extremely difficult for Penny and took a toll on her. It brings a level of comfort knowing that they are together again (maybe discussing the upcoming planting season, Martin loved so much).

Acknowledging that Penny lived a great deal of her life vicariously through others, I am thankful for every effort she made each day, some passing with joy and fun, others not so easy. I am thankful for the life tasks she accomplished and for the gratitude she showed for the sacrifices others made so that she could experience a somewhat successful outcome during some difficult circumstances.

Life on earth is but a stop along our journey.  As Penny continues her journey may she once again share it with those she loves.

We are sad to see you go, however there are those waiting to happily welcome your arrival.

We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the staff in the emergency dept., also those on the fifth floor at St. Boniface Hospital and at Ethical Death Care for the compassionate care and support given during this time. 

There will be an informal “Come and Go Tea” in Penny’s memory on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 2-4pm in the lounge at Fred Tipping Place.

I accepted, respected and fulfilled your mom’s request with no regrets my friend.  Rest in Peace Penny!  Love, Marcy.

Penny's family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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The Sopotiuks

May 10, 2024 at 4:12 PM

Our family (Sopotiuks) was intertwined with the Norton's,  including Penny for many years. Sending our condolences to her children grandchildren and other family.


May 10, 2024 at 1:40 PM

So sorry you are gone. I will miss you, Penny. You were my bingo buddy.  We had fun at bingo. I always had to watch your cards because you would miss some numbers lol.  You are in good hands with our loving LORD. No more pain or suffering.  RIP. 🌹❤️🌹

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