May 26, 1946 - August 6, 2021
Norma Michelle Lechtman, DVM, age 75, of Belle Plaine, MN, passed away on August 6, 2021, after a heroic battle against cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Born May 26, 1946, in St. Paul, MN to Samuel and Jeanette (Silver) Lechtman. Norma was the eldest of 3 sisters. Norma is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur Jungreis; friend, James Coffey; brother-in-law, David Simpson; and many beloved pets. Survived by sisters, Suzanne Lechtman, and Alaine Simpson; son, Jeremy (Jeanette) Jungreis and grandchildren, Nathan, Brendan, and Marlena; son, Marshall Jungreis and grandchildren, Zev and Matthew; daughter, Ashlee (Patrick) Green and grandchildren, Anthony Elbert and Aaron Green. Norma was a graduate of St. Paul Central High School, the University of Minnesota, Yale University (M.A.), and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. After the death of her husband, Norma moved to Marco Island, FL where she headed up a veterinary clinic. She returned to Minnesota where she worked for veterinary pharmaceutical maker Wendt Laboratories in Belle Plaine. After some years she took a job at Boston Scientific, first as a technical writer and later as a preclinical trial auditor. While working for Wendt and Boston Scientific, she also worked part time as a veterinarian at Century Animal Clinic in Maplewood. After leaving Boston Scientific in 2012, she opened a successful consulting firm, Rest Assured Quality Consulting, which she pursued until Parkinson’s Disease made it impossible to continue. Norma was all about family. She cared deeply for her own children and siblings, and for cousins and in-laws living far away, and she made a point of paying in-person visits whenever possible. She stayed in contact with many old and new friends by letter, phone and social media, as well as maintaining many in-person relationships. If any of her family or friends were at odds, she made every attempt to get them to reconcile. Norma was a peace maker. Norma loved animals and gave homes to many who were unwanted elsewhere. She restored them to physical and emotional health with skill and love. She loved, admired and respected not only dogs and cats, but she was a great appreciator of some of the less lovely, like spiders, octopuses, and bats. She even rescued, rehabbed and found an adoptive home for a skunk named Stinky. She studied many species and became very knowledgeable about them. Besides business travel, Norma loved to travel with friends, family, and sometimes solo. She made several trips to Hawaii, Florida, California, Scotland, Nebraska to view the Sandhill crane migration, Road Scholar trips to Maine and Alaska, Jamaica for a winter break, a dude ranch in New Mexico, and Israel twice. She loved a good road trip. The phrase “little but fierce” can be applied to Norma. She was little physically, but fierce in kindness, generosity and loyalty. She had a huge intellect and was a go-to person for questions about animals and their health. We, her family and friends, miss her severely. The family wishes to thank the staff of Ridgeview Hospice and Ridgeview Nursing and Rehab Center in Le Sueur, MN for the kindness and care shown to Norma at the end of her life. She’s finished her race brilliantly. May her memory be for a blessing and may HaShem crown her with his glory in olam habah. Graveside service 10:00 am, MONDAY, August 9, 2021, ROSELAWN CEMETERY, 803 Larpenteur Ave. W., Roseville. For Zoom link to graveside service send an email to [email protected] Memorials preferred to donor’s favorite charity.
Norma Michelle Lechtman, DVM, age 75, of Belle Plaine, MN, passed away on August 6, 2021, after a heroic battle against cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Born May 26, 1946, in St. Paul, MN to Samuel and Jeanette (Silver) Lechtman. Norma... View Obituary & Service Information
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