South Portland-Norma Jean (Osteen) Comeau left this world suddenly on July 11, 2019, after a brief illness.
She was born September 21, 1950, to Norma Crawford and Leslie Osteen at the home of her maternal grandmother in East Sebago, Maine. Only two pounds at birth, she was not expected to live, but did she ever!
Norma was educated in Portland schools until meeting the love of her life, Joseph Francis Comeau. They were married in 1966 and moved their quickly growing family to Windham, where they raised their five children. Norma and Joe were married almost 48 years, until his passing in 2014.
Norma was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband’s business until their youngest child entered high school. It was then that she took a job outside the home, and HER LIFE truly began. Norma went to work for Filenes, which later became Macy's. She absolutely LOVED her job.
Affectionately known as "Little Norma," one would have to look closely amid the clothing racks or call out her name to find her, but there she always was with the sweetest smile, ready to help. She worked at Macy's full time for almost 20 years, right up until the day she died. She was so happy being independent and making her own money, of which she spent every last dime spoiling everyone! But most of all, she loved her co-workers, her MACY'S FAMILY, and they loved her. They especially loved her famous cookies, of which she made dozen upon dozen for friends and family and charity as well. She never shared her recipe with a single person, and unfortunately the magic of her cookies has passed on with her. She would only say that her secret ingredient was love.
Norma was a remarkable, resilient woman; the brightest little light. A self-professed “Happy Little Camper,” Norma was simply in love with life. If you ever had the pleasure of spending one single moment in her presence, you were loved by her too.
Norma is survived by her children: Son Joseph D. Comeau, his wife Dawn (Benoit) Comeau and their three girls, Kayla, Faith and Abby McNeice; daughter Christy Comeau-Pierce, her husband Brian Pierce, and his four children, Brian, Richard, Nick, and Rebecca Pierce and their families; son Daniel T. Comeau and his wife, Alison (Frank) Comeau; son Thomas M. Comeau, his wife Maya Mahoney, and their children, Ava Joan and Luke Francis Comeau; and, daughter Danielle (Comeau) Lloyd and her husband Erik Lloyd.
Norma is also survived by her mother, Norma V. Thorn, brother Richard Osteen, sister Diane Spradlin, sister Margaret Bennett, brother Leslie Osteen, and sister Monica Chretien, along with their families and others too numerous to mention.
The family sincerely thanks A.T. Hutchins Home for their excellent, compassionate care.
A Celebration of Norma's Life will be held on Sunday, September 22nd, 1pm at The Maine Irish Heritage Center (formally St. Dominic's Church), 34 Gray St. Portland, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Norma's honor to The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP). 217 Landing Road, Westbrook, ME 04092
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