Patricia's Story

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Patricia Irene Norcross, 87, of Lake Leelanau, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at Spectrum Health - Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Pat was born on Saturday, May 31, 1930 to the late Vern and Elizabeth O'Kelly Campbell Gruenwald in Milwaukee. She married Robert J. Norcross on Friday, Nov. 26, 1954 in Barrington, Illinois.
After graduation from Grays Lake High School she attended Carroll University, earning her bachelor's degree.
Pat taught in elementary schools and was a gifted artist who enjoyed nature.
Pat was a member of West Bay Covenant Church, where she served the church joyfully. Recently she attended Bayview Wesleyan and enjoyed activities and friendships there.
Pat was fun-loving, knew no strangers and cherished her neighbors, nature, art and music.
She is survived by her children, Amber (Randy) Alsip, of Lake Leelanau, and Barton "Barry" (Jodi) Norcross, of Plainfield, Illinois; her grandchildren, Christian (Matt) Misurac, Noah (Becky) Norcross, Seth (Kelsey) Norcross and Greg and Jacob Alsip; great-grandchildren, Faith, Sarah, Josiah and Jeremiah Norcross, Boaz, Jakin, Ezekiel Misurac and Max Norcross; a brother, Vern (Jean) Campbell Jr., of Nekoosa, Wisconsin; and stepsisters, Sara (Harlow) Brown, of Murrayville, Illinois, and Nancy (Zoltan) J. Rozsa, of South Beloit, Wisconsin.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, parents and stepmother, Nancy.
A service celebrating Pat's life will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at West Bay Covenant Church in Traverse City, with Pastor Kent Anderson officiating. A gathering will take place in the church hall immediately following the service.
The family would ask that memorial contributions be directed to The Potter's House, 7321 Brookbank Lane, Raleigh, NC 27615 (a ministry where Pat's grandson, Seth, serves); the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49696; or to a hospice of your own choosing.
Please share your favorite memories of Pat by visiting her tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on September 10, 2017
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