Norma Koenig, 1925-2008
Norma Cardinali Koenig died peacefully Sunday at her home in Minturn.
She was born Dec. 23, 1925, in Greenwich Village, the daughter of Louis and Virginia Cardinali.
She met the love of her life, John J. Koenig, as a woman in the 1950s. They were married at St. Anthony’s in Greenwich Village in 1964.
Norma was a true New Yorker and enjoyed many years living in Manhattan, where she was part of a community and culture of new and progressive attitudes. She flourished in this enclave of avant-garde and alternative culture, which was established at the beginning of the 20th century when call presses, art galleries and experimental theater thrived.
Norma was an art student who went on to teach art classes in Harlem. She was also a leader in her community, working as a volunteer in her school and library district. She adored classical music and on numerous occasions attended the New York Opera at Lincoln Center with her family and friends.
In 1967, Norma and her husband moved to Tenafly, N.J., where they lived for more than 35 years, raising their family. She often spoke of her many wonderful memories there, including spending summers on Lake Kittattiny, where she enjoyed swimming and fishing with her children, John and Virginia.
Norma was preceded in death by husband John, father Louis and mother Virginia.
She is survived by her children John Koenig of Minturn and Virginia Olson and her husband, Brendan, of Minturn. Norma is also survived by her wonderful grandchildren, who she adored and was fortunate enough to have spent so much time with: Camille and Nicholas, of Minturn, and Jasmine and Justina Koenig of Winchester, Va.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at St. Patrick’s with Father Hugh officiating. A celebration of life will follow at the Minturn Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 40000, Vail, CO 81658.