Norma Jean Friederich

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Norma Jean Friederich, nee Richardson, 91, of Belleville, IL, born March 24, 1929, in Marion County, IL, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Norma Jean was involved in many activities with St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church and School.  She was past-president of the Queenship of Mary Sodality and a former chairman of the Penny Carnival fundraiser. Mrs. Friederich had also volunteered her time working as a room mother and a cafeteria worker. She worked many parish fish fries and drove for Meals on Wheels. She crocheted over 300 prayer shawls over the last ten years. Norma Jean’s one athletic activity was bowling.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Vernon Friederich, whom she married on April 21, 1948, and who died on March 27, 1995; a five-year-old daughter, Barbara Jean Friederich, who died in 1956; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Friederich; her parents, Charlie and Mary, nee Branch, Richardson; three brothers; and four sisters.

Surviving are her children, Larry (Barbara) Friederich of Collinsville, IL, Diana (Mike) Compton of O’Fallon, MO, Nick (Kathy) Friederich of Albers, IL, and Debbie (Danny) Grimmer of Waterloo, IL;
ten grandchildren, Joseph (Jennie) Friederich, Lauren Haukap, Tyler (Katherine) Friederich, Nicholas (Jennifer) Friederich,
Elizabeth Weiss, Zachary (Chasity) Friederich, Bill (Tucomi) Vargo, Barbara (Aaron) Haas, Brian (Meghan) Grimmer, and Erin (Jason) Remelius;
20 great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A private visitation will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be observed.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.



13 Comments on Norma Jean Friederich

Glenn Albers said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Debbie - so sorry for the loss of your Mom!! Sounds like she raised a great family and was a lovely lady!! God Bless!! Glenn

  • New Baden
  • IL
Sherry Dooley said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Erin, I am so sorry for you and your families passing of your Grandmother. I am very sorry.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Fr. Edward Schaefer said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 11:00 PM

During my brief assignment at St. Augustine, I met and talked to Norma a few times. Lovely lady. Funny it never came up that she was the mother of my seminary classmate Larry. God's peace and blessings.

  • St. Rose
  • IL
Paula Sobol said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 5:03 PM

Your short biography of your mother’s long life was a wonderful inspiration for me and surely those of us listening. A life well lived for sure

  • Belleville
  • IL
Glenda Vaughn said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 12:04 PM

Diana, I am so sorry for your loss . I always enjoyed talking to your mom when she would come to ballgames

  • Richview
  • IL
Mary Ellen Sweeney Hentz said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 4:05 AM

Larry, Diana, Nicky and Debbie and your whole family. So sorry to hear about your mom. Remembering her kindness when we were neighbors. Take care of yourselves. May she rest in peace??

  • Wood River
  • IL
Laura and Jason Austin said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2020 at 2:56 PM

Our condolences to the family.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Beth Heine said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2020 at 1:51 PM

My deepest sympathy to Diana Compton, Bill Vargo and Barbara Haas as well as their significant others and children. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • De Soto
  • MO
Wanda L Knepper said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2020 at 10:09 AM

I am so sorry. Norma was a beautiful lady, inside and out. she will be missed by many people in many different ways. God bless and keep the family.

  • Branson
  • Missouri
Pat Bagby said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2020 at 9:58 AM

My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Seansea
  • IL
Kim Wilcoxon Bono said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Debbie and family sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you all!

  • Jacksonville
  • Florida
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2020 at 6:01 PM

As a whole the SWIC/ FGP Seniorcorp program grandparents wish to express our condolences ? thoughts n prayers for Jennifer and Nicholas, children and family in their loss. May you know that God is by your side n Grandma is still with yous in your heart n memories.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2020 at 5:52 PM

With deepest sympathy to Jennifer n Nicholas Friederich an the rest of the family. Mrs Norma was in my church family and she will sadly be missed. God took another ? Angel home. Your in my thoughts & prayers. GOD BLESS ?!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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