Norman Joseph Pictor

Born in Gary, IN on December 8, 1932

Departed on December 19, 2020 and resided in Franklin, TN

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Norman Joseph Pictor passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 19th at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Bealah Pictor, his brothers Robert and Don Pictor, his sister Catherine Gymrek, and his infant son Joseph (Joey) Walter Pictor.

Norm was born on December 8, 1932 in Gary, Indiana. After graduating from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Norm went on to Indiana University where he graduated in 1955 with a B.S. in Marketing. Shortly thereafter he served in Korea with the US Army from 1956-1957. Norm returned home to Indiana and married Carol Kuder on June 6, 1959 and moved to Glen Elyn, Illinois. Norm took a job with United Airlines at O’hare International Airport as a project engineer. Ever the hard worker, he enrolled in night classes at the University of Chicago and earned a MBA in 1970 while working full time and raising four young daughters. During his time in Glen Ellyn he also occasionally taught Transportation classes at the College of DuPage. He was also actively involved with Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ.

In 1984, Norm moved with his wife and two youngest daughters to Memphis, Tennessee and continued his career as a project engineer, taking a job at FedEx. During his time in Memphis he volunteered for many years at a local high school where he served as a mentor for young students.

Following his retirement, Norm and Carol moved to Franklin, TN in 1998. He enjoyed a balanced and active retirement which included travelling in their RV to every state in the continental US and wintering in Naples, FL for over 20 years. He spent a number of years during his retirement volunteering at the Nashville Airport. His hobbies included golfing, playing bridge, swimming, travelling and sports. He was a lifelong Cubs fan. He was a devout Christian and a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Norm was a dedicated father who imparted Christian values, a strong prayer life, and a love of the Lord to his family through his leading example. He shared his love of travel and the outdoors with everyone who was close to him and taught the importance of embracing people from all walks of life. Norm’s kindness, love, and cheerful smile brought the warmth of the Lord to everyone around him, particularly to his friends and family. The seeds of love that Norm planted during his life will continue to grow for generations to come.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Kuder, his four daughters Karen, Nancy, Janet, and Wendy, their respective spouses Bryan, Joe, Jim, and Mike, 14 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held. Due to CoVid 19 a memorial Mass will be held a a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on-line to St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, TN (Annual Fund), Catholic Student Center/ UT Chattanooga, 514 Palmetto St. Chattanooga TN 37403(423-618-9062) or a charity of your choice.

15 Comments to Norman Joseph Pictor

  1. Donna and Frank DeCoster
    December 24, 2020 1:58 pm

    Nice tribute and wonderful memories. He led a full, rich life and we were glad to be part of it. We will miss him.

  2. Joanne Beede
    December 24, 2020 9:11 pm

    A beautiful memory filled tribute. He had a very good life, Carol and his family should be very proud of him. He will be missed, I know, but he is now resting in God’s loving arms.

  3. Joseph Barlow
    December 26, 2020 1:20 pm

    To a great man and a great father in law!
    We love you Norm!

  4. Carol Yager
    December 28, 2020 9:20 am

    Jerry and I will miss Norm.We have wonderful memories of our lunches and dinners together.It is a beautiful tribute to a special man.

  5. JoAnne O'Brien Scott & Patrick Scott
    December 28, 2020 9:21 pm

    I so enjoyed being friends with Norm & Carol.
    Norm not only “talked the talk but he along with Carol, walked the walk”.

  6. Jane Houston
    December 29, 2020 5:27 pm

    Norm was a great neighbor and kind and considerate to all. Yes, he will be missed. So thankful for his friendship and his kindness. Prayers for Carol and his four daughters and their spouses and families. So thankful he is now in the presence of the Lord.

  7. Michelle Barber
    January 2, 2021 10:11 am

    So glad to have known your sweet dad, Wendy! He sure lived a remarkable life filled with so many accomplishments but I know for certain he was most proud of his family life, it was obvious your mom and you girls were his pride and joy. You and Mike have been so amazing to watch taking good care of your parents. How wonderful that Keely and Cade have had your patents so close in proximity and having them so involved in their young lives was certainly an added bonus for all of you. Thinking of all of you and your family today. ❤️

  8. Joyce Granderson
    January 2, 2021 1:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Nancy and Joe. Nancy, your father sounds like a wonderful person who made the world a better place just by being in it! Healing love and blessings to you and the remaining family members…..

  9. Virginia Hay Jonas
    January 2, 2021 2:45 pm

    Carol and family,

    I am so sorry about Norm’s passing–although I did not know him very well I will never forget how we met at the bridge table on the cruise ship. When he asked where I was from and where I went to high school he was so excited to have us come to your room to surprise you. He was a kind and gentle man and I’m so glad we had that experience and that you and I could catch up! I drive down St. James about once a month and always look down Powell Ave. and remember good times as well as Bosse High School.

    Carol, I know words are inadequate but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Beth and Blaine Walker
    January 2, 2021 3:51 pm

    We’re so sorry for the loss of your dad Wendy. You and your family will be in our prayers. Much love to you.

  11. Kate
    January 2, 2021 5:18 pm

    Wonderful neighbor in Memphis!!! So very sorry for your loss

  12. Marv and Jacque Gorman
    January 2, 2021 5:30 pm

    Wendy, our prayers for you and your family. He was wonderful father and you an amazing daughter. May he Rest In Peace.
    Marv and Jacque

  13. Barbara Sly Smothers
    January 4, 2021 1:33 pm

    Carol. Again how sorry I am for the passing of Norm. Hope he didn’t have to suffer too much. Its a nasty disease. Know you will miss him. Everyone had such nice things to say about Norm. His family and faith in God.

  14. Mary A Cozzi
    January 8, 2021 11:07 am

    Carol I’m so sorry for your loss
    I’ll miss my calls with my beloved cousin
    Please know your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time

    Love you

  15. Clark
    January 14, 2021 5:45 pm

    Carol and family, God’s blessing be with you all at this time. Thanks for the happy memories , Clark and Jackie .❤️

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