On October 23, 2023, Norma May Strong (nee Laukeman) peacefully passed away after spending time surrounded by family. Norma was born on November 19, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Mamie and William Laukeman.
Norma (Gran) was "Martha Stewart without the millions" and devoted her talents to caring for her family. She was a fantastic cook and baker who never missed an opportunity to feed a "hungry mouth" and never held back on the salt or butter. Although Gran was awarded a blue ribbon for her chocolate cake with whipped icing, she was most famous for her pound cakes which were simple yet sublime. Gran had a natural knack for home decorating. She could rescue and refinish antique furniture to make it look brand new, and she could also find the perfect throw pillows or curtains to finish a room - even if it meant making it herself! For many years, Gran provided her loved ones with same-day alteration services. She never hesitated to hem a pair of slacks, take in a prom dress or perform emergency surgery on a stuffed animal with only a moment's notice. Gran loved crafting and decorating, especially for the holidays. Family dinner tables were always filled with her handmade floral arrangements and tablecloths, her famous desserts, a little bit of gossip, and a whole lot of laughter from friends and family. She will be missed forever.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, John Strong; her brother, William Laukeman and his wife, Kitty; and her son, Bernard Wolf. She is survived by her children, Jim Strong (Gwyn), Cheryl Sibiski (Don), Gail Podbielski (Andrew) and Jeana Huber (John). Loving grandmother of Jessica Ritt (Charles), Kyle Sibiski, Ashley Gyurik (Justin), Alissa Huber, Jordan Huber and Ross Podbielski (Amanda). Cherished great grandmother of Adrianna, Angelina, Remington, Brooklyn, Ashlyn, Tyler, Alexandria, and Emerson. She had many other loving family and friends, especially those at Headliners Hair Studio.
A private service and interment will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will be planning a Celebration of Life to take place in December.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Salvation Army or United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224 are appreciated.