Obituary: Norma Regina Urbanek

McPHERSON—Norma Regina Urbanek, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at the McPherson Health and Rehabilitation Center in McPherson.

She was born on March 7, 1926, in Andale, the daughter of Leo and Elnora Winter Hecht. Norma was raised in the Andale area; after graduating from high school, she moved to Wichita.

She married William J. Urbanek on June 3, 1967. They lived on a farm near Pilsen until retiring and moving to Newton.

Norma and Bill attended the St. John Nepomuncene Catholic Church in Pilsen, where she was a member of the Altar Society. While living in Newton, they attended St. Marys Catholic Church and volunteered at the Newton Kansan along with fellow church members.

Norma worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for over 20 years. Bill died on Feb. 3, 2007, shortly after which Norma moved to McPherson.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Pontious and husband Trey of McPherson; one sister, Donna Lies of Colwich, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Briana Pontious, Chayce, Pontious and Trevor Pontious all of McPherson.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Leo “Bud” Hecht and Willia. Hecht; and seven sisters, Loretta Hecht, Winifred Hecht, Salome Hecht, Frieda Daily, Jean Ridder, Leoba Hecht and Mary Hecht.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, following by the Mass of Christian Burial, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in McPherson.

Graveside services and interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been established with St. Joseph Catholic Church, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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