Norma J. Yoxall-Loftus

Published Aug 7, 2017 at 4:00pm

Norma J. Yoxall-Loftus, 77, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2017, at Faxton-St Luke’s Health Care after a long, hard-fought battle, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born on September 12, 1939, the third daughter of Charles and Marie Yoxall. She was born and raised in Oriskany, where she spent the majority of her life. On September 12, 1959, she married Edward J. Loftus, a union still going strong after all these years.

She was a graduate of Oriskany Central School. During her high school years Norma was chosen to be given the honor of christening the USS Oriskany; a very special day for her and her parents. It was also during that time that she began working for the N.Y. Telephone Company; a job she held for several years, even after her graduation. After leaving that employment, she began working for the United States Postal Service; a job she loved. She started as a window clerk and worked her way up to becoming a Post Master, serving the people of Deansboro, Westmoreland and going back home to serve as the Post Master at Oriskany Post Office, where she worked until her retirement in 1987. She then went on to work for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, and the Canteen Co.

In her spare time, Norma loved to cook and bake, believing that something delicious and sweet could help make anything better. She will fondly be remembered by many for her famous chocolate chip cookies and cherry walnut coffee cake, among many other treats too numerous to mention. Many will remember her for the all-occasion cakes, including wedding cakes that she baked and decorated; no matter how busy she was, if you needed a cake, she could never say no.

She enjoyed bowling, having played on the women’s league at Vista where she made many friends. She loved to golf, whether it was playing on a sunny afternoon, in her golf league at Shamrock Hills, or in a gold tournament. She especially loved the Post Master’s Golf Tournament she played in every year with her niece Marie.

When WebTv came out, she became a master of the internet. Over the years she made friends in every state; friends who became close and life-long. The heart-felt condolences and stories of Norma that have poured in since her passing from all over have been a testament to her kindness. She had a huge heart of gold and she never met a stranger.

She was a champion for sick, injured and abused children and animals. If there was anything she could do to help their plight, she would step up without hesitation.

She had a sense of humor that never stopped, even in the darkest days of her journey. That laugh! It was loud, unique and infectious. She truly believed and taught that laughter was the best medicine.

Norma leaves her husband Edward of Rome; her daughter Michele Lockwood of New York Mills; her sister Mary Lou Berie of Rome, whose support and help have been immeasurable; her brother-in-law Vincent Grasso of Oriskany; sister-in-law Sharron Yoxall of Whitesboro; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, many of whom she loved as if they were her own children. She also leaves behind her animal kids Doozi-Mae, Riggie, Kirby and Vito, all of whom she loved dearly. As well as many, many friends; with special mention to Kay.

She was predeceased by her parents, Charlie and Marie; her sisters Gretchen Fiore and Charlene Yoxall; brothers Donald Yoxall, George Yoxall and Thomas Yoxall.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Transfiguration Church at 111 Ridge St. Rome, NY with the Rev Abe Esper officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro. In keeping with Norma’s wishes there will be no public calling hours. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the Memorial Mass. Arrangements are with the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Inc. Forty Main St. Whitesboro

For those who wish please consider the Stevens-Swan Humane Society or Wheatens in Need Rescue. Envelopes will be available at the Memorial Mass.

For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com.

Go forth our fierce, brave warrior, where there’s no suffering; only peace and laughter. And oh, how we know you’ll make them laugh.