Former faculty member Viola Norton’s obituary

Norton, Viola A.

Viola A. Norton, age 90, passed away on June 5, 2003., The daughter of William A. and Edna C. (Hansen) Norton was born in Evanortonnsville, Wis. on March 15, 1913., Miss Norton attended Evansville, Davenport, Iowa, and New Glarus public schools, graduating from New Glarus High School in 1930., She attended Lawrence University, Appleton and UW-Whitewater where she was granted a Bachelor of Education in Business Education in 1934. She received her Master of Arts in Business Education and Guidance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Additional post graduate work was done at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and UW-Madison. Miss Norton taught at Princeton, Pewaukee, Monroe, and West Allis Central High Schools before coming to West High School in Madison in 1945. She was appointed chairman of the Business Education Department at West High and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1977. In 1966, she organized and supervised the Cooperative Office Education Program at West High which was selected as one of the first 19 schools in Wisconsin to pilot a coop office education program. During her teaching career, Miss Norton was active in several professional organizations serving WEA as chairperson for the Business Education section; SWEA as vice-president and president and also chairperson for the Business Education section; MEA as president; Alpha Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma as president, treasurer, and corresponding secretary; and Alpha Ela Chapter Delta Pi Epsilon. Miss Norton was an active member of Heritage Congregational Church, the Madison Slide and Movie Club and a former member of Madison Civics Club. She was also a member of MARE and WREA professional organizations for retired educators. She traveled extensively all over the world, and, as she enjoyed photographing her travels, she was able to entertain many groups with her travelogues., She is survived by four nieces and nephews, Priscilla S. Bondhus, of Madison, Norton (Rosemary) Strommen, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Trygue I. (Charlene) Strommen, of Brodhead, and Romma L. Caple, of Minneapolis, Minn.; a nephew-in-law, William Bridge, of Madison. She is further survived by 15 great nieces and nephews; and many great-great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Fola N. (Ansel) Strommen; and a niece, Norene J. Bridge., Funeral services will be held at HERITAGE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 3102 Prairie Road, Madison, on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 11:30 a.m., Visitation will be from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville. The family request memorials made in Violas name to a charity of your choice. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Rd. 608-238-3434

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