Norma Semel Trusiewicz
Norma Trusiewicz

Loving wife, mother and grandmother

Norma Trusiewicz, age 70, beloved wife of Michael Trusiewicz, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Middlebury on July 1, 2017 after a courageous battle with long-term, treatment resistant Lyme Disease.

Norma was born on April 25, 1947 in Hartford, Connecticut to the late Bernard and Mary Semel. She attended Windham High School and later fulfilled a life long dream of earning her degree in Nursing and Public Health from the University of Hartford.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, Norma is survived by her three children, Regina Leahy and her husband Brendan Leahy of Redding and their children Silas and Cora; Eric Trusiewicz and his partner Monta Rozenburga, currently residing in Madrid, Spain; and Shawn Douton and her husband Chris Douton of Willimantic and their two children Holly and Caroline. In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Hartling of New London.

Norma will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her steady desire to take care of those in her life. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a registered nurse for a decade and then became a public health nurse for the city of Waterbury, first working as a clinic nurse and then working as a school nurse at Walsh School. There she cared for the children as if they were her own and spoke passionately about providing the best care to the students. Norma would often be the first person friends or family would call with a medical question and she would go to the ends of the earth to help those around to be well.

Norma loved spending time with her grandchildren and devoted much of her later years to creating memories with them. She was known as "Bubbie" and was adored by them. Her home was a magical place to be visited. She will be forever in all our memories.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, 227 Stafford Rd., Mansfield, CT 06250. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford, CT. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Norma Trusiewicz, please visit online at

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