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Norma R. Hemenway
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Melrose, MA 02176
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“LAVENDER LOVELILACS IN SPRINGTIME, FAITH IN ABOVEAFRICAN VIOLETS, LAVENDER LOVEHER FAVORITE SEASON SPRINGSPENT PLANTING AND GARDENINGROYAL PURPLE...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Hodge - Bedford, MA

“I had the pleasure of meeting your mother while at the rehab in Wilmington after my accident in 2015. She was a very gracious elegant lady who always...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Paula Sarno - stoneham, MA

“So sorry for your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: David & Robin Duncan - Providence, RI

“Peace to you all at this time. Our sincerest sympathies at your loss. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Family Scott - Harrisville, NH

“Mark-My deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: James Phillips - Winthrop, MA

“While we now live in Florida, you can believe I am emotionally there with you. Thoughts about my Aunt, my father's sister, are of her sweet and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Norma Rosalie Deschenes was born on April 6th, 1925 in Arlington Vermont Near Bennington. Norma grew up in the Norman Rockwell paintings. It...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Phil Hemenway - Ann Arbor, MI

“GRIEFS' GIFTHow do we say goodbye?When departure draws 'nighLeaving us breathless in replyNinety-one years gone by?It can't beSweet solace in...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa M. Hodge - Bedford, MA

“my deepest condolences to all of you.. Norma was a loving women,and I was happy to have met her... keep all your treasured memories of her close to...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: patricia stairs - wilmington, MA

“Dear Phillip, Cindy, Barbara, Lisa, Deborah, Andrea, Mark & Allen, plus Cecelia, Ashley, Bethany, Janelle, Sarah, Christine (?), Allison & Ryan, as...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Van Valkenburgh - MA

“Cindy and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy MacLeod - Lake Havasu City, AZ

“Dear Cindy and Family, My sincerest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. I just saw her in October when we were celebrating...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Beckford - Melrose, MA

“Dear cindy. Prayers to you and yor family. On the loss of your mom. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: linda stevenson - melrose, MA

“Cindy. So sorry to hear about loss of your mom. My prayers to you and your family ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: linda stevenson - Friend

“Dear Hemenway familyOn behalf of the Strong Bones Class at the Milano center, we send our sincere sympathy to all of you. Norma regularly attended...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Linda O'Brien - Stoneham, MA

“Dear Hemenways, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Norma was a wonderful person and an important part of our lives. We will never forget her. ...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Tranghese - Wilmington, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Huntress - MA

“Cindy and Mark so sorry about the passing of your mom thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time take care and god bless ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“Cindy and Mark so sorry about the passing of your mom thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time take care and god bless ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Norma R. (Deschenes) Hemenway, of Melrose, passed away at home on Dec. 29, 2016 at the age of 91. Norma was born in Bennington, VT, raised in Arlington, VT and a graduate of Arlington, VT High School. She went on to earn her degree from LaSalle Junior College in Auburndale , MA. Norma worked as a Clerk for J.F. Hovey Department Store in Boston and also for John Hancock Insurance Company. She resided in Melrose for many years, was a member of the Church of the Incarnation for over 30 years, was a CCD teacher and member of the church choir. Norma enjoyed cats, gardening, square dancing, walking reading and taking cruises with her husband to Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, St. Martin and the Panama Canal. She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin R. Hemenway for 53 years. Loving mother of Cynthia Hemenway of Stoneham, Allen Hemenway of Peabody, Deborah Gibson & her husband Charles of VA, Philip Hemenway & his wife Debra of MI, Mark Hemenway of Somerville, Lisa Hodge of Bedford, Andrea Lynch & her husband John of Holliston and Barbara Wright of Melrose. Predeceased by 2 sisters & 1 brother. Cherished grandmother of 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a niece & nephew. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, Jan. 8th from 2-5PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 9th at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will take place in Vermont at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MSPCA, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.