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Norma Jean Vinger

April 12, 1939 - January 09, 2020

Norma Jean Vinger Norma Jean (Gillette) Vinger
Norma Jean (Gillette) Vinger, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. She was born in La Crosse, April 12, 1939, to Norman and Jean (Martin) Gillette Sr. On Aug. 4, 1962, Norma married Donald Vinger.
Norma was a very kind person with strong family ties. In 1968, she donated one of her kidneys to her brother for a transplant. Her brother, Norman Jr., was so thankful, he started the Norma J. Vinger Breast Care Center at Gundersen Health System. She was a lady who never wanted any credit, yet she was very proud of the center and "Steppin' Out in Pink." Education and medicine were top priorities for Norma to donate to.
After college, Norma worked at a bank for a short time and then moved on to work with her father at Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. She was very proud of the business and the people who worked there.
Norma is survived by her husband, Don; and two sons, Eric and his wife, DeeDee, and Christopher and his wife, Kelly, and their children, Kayla and Caden "CJ," all of Arizona; and nieces and nephew, Sarah (Danny O'Brian), Marie (Janet) and Richard Gillette. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Jean Gillette Sr.; and her brother, Norman Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at First Presbyterian Church in La Crosse. The Rev. Dr. J. Taylor Haley will officiate. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery. Guests may call on the family from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, at the church and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crosse is assisting the family. An online guest book is available at
Norma's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Gundersen Health System, especially Drs. Elizabeth Cogbill, Mark Rostad and Kyla Lee. Also, special thanks to the staff at Brookdale Memory Care. They went above and beyond for her.
Instead of flowers, please make a donation to the Vinger Family Alzheimer's and Dementia Fund, or the Norma J. Vinger Breast Care Center at Gundersen Health System.
Published on January 12, 2020
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Kathy Young
Jan 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of Norma's passing. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Carrie Seath ( Connelly)
Jan 14, 2020
Her and Norm Junior we're like my grandparents children ( Lyle and Maybelle) They love those two so much. She will be missed by all of us.
Gloria Grimsrud
Jan 14, 2020
Wanda will be at the gate to greet her. They will then have a fish fry, make risotto, and dynamite pudding. Norma will bring Wanda lots of magazines. They will then work on crossword puzzles, giggling over this and that. Later, they will deliver Meals on Wheels to those in need. Heaven just got another angel.
Larry and Debby Mayo
Jan 14, 2020
We send our heartfelt condolences to your family. We enjoyed getting to Norma over the last few years and will miss her sweet spirit, sense of humor, and down to earth personality.
Bill, Becky Freier
Jan 14, 2020
Don, every time that Norma walked into the Salon the whole room lit up with her bright smile and infectious laugh. Sorry for your loss. Having known both of you over the years there will always be laughter and memories. Prayers for you and your family.
Tribute Store
Jan 13, 2020
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Cousin Fern
Jan 13, 2020
This was a wonderful person and Don, Eric and Chris I send my deepest sympathies. She just seemed to fit in with everyone with her kindness and friendliness. I sure enjoyed being around her. God bless all of you.
Duncan J Cameron
Jan 13, 2020
I am writing to you from Naples,Florida. I just learned of
Norma's passing. You have my sincere sympathy.
Norma was a strong supporter of UW-L and will definitely
be missed!
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Jan 13, 2020
Basket of Memories was purchased for the family of Norma Jean Vinger by Wis-Pak & WP Beverages.  Send flowers
Jan 12, 2020
What a shock it was to read bout Norma on my computer lastnite,And we never got together to have coffee someplace,That,s what happens when you procrastinate,I am so good at that...Ruth said ,remember the class reunion we has @ your cabin-Wow,how time flies.God bless,Steve
Carolyn Biehn Caflisch
Jan 12, 2020
My sympathies to Normas family from a Central High 1957 classmate!
Paul and Denise Nelson
Jan 12, 2020
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with and your family, Don. God has taken Norma Jean home to rest in peace. We will miss our many fun times together! ❤
Jan 12, 2020
I loved working with Norma at Brookdale! She was definitely one of a kind! You will be missed by many beautiful! You are now in a better place❤️
Cherry Lommen
Jan 12, 2020
Norma was a wonderful person. I knew her since we were very young. She was fun loving and kind to everyone!
Richard & Kathi Raatz
Jan 12, 2020
So sorry to read of your loss. We will always remember her smiles and kindness.
Lana Grimsrud Haberman
Jan 11, 2020
Norma was very special to our family and will be greatly missed by many. She was like a daughter to my mother and sister to me, Gloria and Doreen. I adored her for the love of her family and her wonderful sense of humor. She had a loving heart and I will always remember her kindness, generosity and sweetness. Rest In Peace Norma Jean❤️