Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
  Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
 

Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Dowd, Norma




Norma Runco Dowd, 96, passed peacefully on September 24, 2021. Norma was a resident of Oakmont for fifty-three years. She is survived by her loving children Susan J. (Charles) Erdeljac, Mark C. Dowd of Dayton, Ohio and Donald Q. Dowd. Norma was a loving grandmother to Emily Aftanas (Kevin), Katherine DePaul (Adam), Benjamin Erdeljac (Laura), Jessica Kostewicz (Adam), Abby Dowd and Chelsea Porto (Ian). Loving great-grandmother to Tyler, Rylen, Lucas, Reese, Aidan, Matty, Ava, Jackson and Reghan. Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty years James D. Dowd and her parents Samuel and Rosaria Runco, along with her brothers Raymond, Joseph, Arthur and sisters Virginia, Carrie, Lena and Margaret. Norma was born on September 10, 1925 in New Kensington, PA, was a member of Mt. St. Peter Parish, and graduate of New Kensington High School. She was always proud of her Italian-Catholic heritage. Norma was employed as a secretary at the Alcoa Research Center in New Kensington, where she met her husband Jim. Norma served as a literacy coach at the New Kensington Library. She served as merchandise manager at the Citizens General Hospital “Little Shop” in New Kensington. Norma was a member of St. Irenaeus Church and Ladies of Charity, and past president and member of the Oakmont Woman’s Club. Norma enjoyed playing bridge with her friends at their weekly bridge club. Norma and Jim were avid members of the Riverview AFS Club and loved their AFS son Adam Gunduz Pisori from Turkey, who resided with them in 1972-73. Norma is also survived by Adam’s two daughters Cedar and Cezane. They also hosted Azamatin’s sister Rinda Gunduz from Turkey. Norma enjoyed traveling with Jim to Missouri, California, New England, Hilton Head Island, England, Italy and China. She took craft classes and excelled in Tole painting, calligraphy, decoupage, interior decorating, antiques, homemaking and gardening. Norma and Jim were owners of “Antiques & More” in New Kensington for ten years. They enjoyed travelling the country to find interesting antiques, and they enjoyed meeting artisans whose collectibles they showcased in their store. Family and friends marveled at the beauty of Jim and Norma’s Oakmont home. Friends will be received at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont on Tuesday, September 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish (St. Irenaeus Church) in Oakmont at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29. Please wear a mask during visitation and during funeral mass. Entombment will follow at the Allegheny Cemetery Mausoleum in Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakmont Carnegie Library,700 Allegheny River Blvd. or St. Irenaeus Church. 387 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139