Norma P. (Sheeler) Grabofsky

Norma P. (Sheeler) Grabofsky

Norma P. (Sheeler) Grabofsky passed away Dec. 24, 2013 at the Pondera Medical Center Extended Care Facility after a long illness.

Memorial services will be held at Pondera Valley Lutheran Church on May 24 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

Norma was born on Sept. 11, 1939 at the family home in Granite Falls, Wash., to William and Estelle Sheeler, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Sultan, Wash., in 1940 where they lived until they moved to Snohomish, Wash., in 1950. Norma graduated from Snohomish High School in 1957. She came to Montana that year to visit her sister Dorothy, and it was in north Phillips County that she met and fell in love with Fritz Grabofsky. They married on Dec. 10, 1958 in Havre and began their life together on his farm north of Loring until they sold it and moved to Havre where Fritz eventually began his work for Fleet Wholesale. They proudly and happily welcomed the birth of their son Scott Jes in 1959. In 1964, Fritz was promoted to manager of the Fleet store in Conrad and the family moved there.

Norma worked for the Montana Dept. of Revenue in the Liquor Division, first as the manager of the Liquor Store in Conrad and later as state auditor for the liquor stores, traveling all over the state. She retired from that job when the liquor stores were privatized and then became the school clerk for the Miami Colony where she remained until health concerns led to her retirement from that position.

Norma enjoyed life, she loved traveling, reading, bowling and was an avid card player. She belonged to the bridge club and also played pinochle, whist, cribbage, poker, smear and any other card game anyone wanted to play. She excelled at being a hostess and her home was always open and welcoming to her friends and family. She loved people, from babies on up to senior citizens, and she had a knack for making every individual feel special. Normal was a member of the American legion Auxiliary and the Eagles for many years, starting in 1964.

Norma is survived by her sisters, Irene Ayling of Great Falls, Dorothy Granlund of Cascade and Frances Frazier of Auburn, Wash.; her brothers, Jack (Donna) Sheeler of Everett, Wash., and Bob (Dorene) Sheeler of Pendroy; numberous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; her step-son John (Donna) Grabofsky of Maine, two step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Scott in 1984 and her husband Fritz in 2009.

The family would like to mention and thank three very special neighbors and friends of Norma whom she loved dearly, Agnes Fowler and Norm and Shirley Stordahl, who were especially devoted and kind during her illness.


Memorials are suggested to the Conrad Volunteer Fire Department or Peace Hospice.