March 23, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Mary Ann C. Norton, 79, of West Bend, WI, formerly of Ripon, WI, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend surrounded by family.
Mary Ann was born November 29, 1938, in Green Lake, WI, the daughter of Anton and Florence (Sina) Smoody. In 1956, she graduated valedictorian from Ripon High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and belonged to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1960, Mary Ann married Emmett W. Norton. She was a mother, employed as an educator for public schools, and worked at West Bend Company, retiring from Serigraph. Mary Ann was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend and also a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ripon.
Survivors include five children, Carrie A. Norton Hughes of Fallbrook, CA, Sherrie A. (Jeffrey) Rumick of Lutz, FL, Emmett A. (Carla) Norton of Ripon, WI, Patrick T. Norton of Milwaukee, WI and Christopher A. (Margaret Lewis) Norton of Silver Cliff, WI; grandchildren, Sarah Hughes, Jessica Rumick, Benjamin Rumick and Alyssa, David, Sophia, Evelyn and Natalie Norton; one brother, Rik Smoody of Vancouver, WA; sister-in-law, Louise Smoody of Black Wolf, WI; nephew, Michael Smoody, Jr. of Black Wolf, WI and niece, Melissa (Robert) Babich English of Colorado Springs, CO. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Anton Smoody, Jr. and Michael Smoody and sister, Rose Babich.
Visitation for Mary Ann will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018, from 9 – 11 am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 228 Blossom St., Ripon, WI 54971.
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ann will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 11:00 am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ripon with Reverend Robert A. Fictum officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Ripon. A memorial is being established in her name.