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Norman Montgomery Obituary – CA


Oct. 19, 1929 – April 29, 2008 Born October 19, 1929, Norman was surrounded at home by his loving family when he entered the Kingdom of God on April 29, 2008 after a courageous battle with congestive heart failure. The Montgomery family was blessed to be able to come together and enjoy the last few precious years with him. Norman was the son of Richard and Alice Montgomery of Oakland, CA. He had spent some of the depression years in Fallon Nevada and the Korean War years in Monterey at Fort Ord. He attended Cleveland Grammar School and Oakland High School where he was the Student Body President before starting at U.C. Berkeley where he was a member of the KA House. He moved to Sacramento in 1954. He was a fifth generation Californian and had many fascinating stories to tell about Oakland, Sacramento, and the surrounding communities from the coast to the Sierras. He was married to Helen Klingler for 54 years. They shared their life together with their children Stephen (Mary and former wife Judy), Tom (Brenda), Cathy (Keith), Anne (Rick), Brother John, and loving Mary. He is survived by 10 grandchildren: Heather, Michael and Heidi Montgomery (Stephen and Judy); Sheila, Christopher (Courtney) and Melissa Montgomery (Tom and Brenda); Kristin and Katie Yarbrough (Cathy and Keith); Chelsea and Greg Zeman (Anne and Rick) and 2 great grandchildren, Wesley and Kelynn Montgomery (Christopher and Courtney). Norman also leaves behind his brother Bob Lawrence Montgomery, and sisters Anne Sueell Duncan and Barbara Jean Propst. He was preceded in death by his loving sister Mary Alice Kruse. Norman is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He also touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will all miss him dearly, but look forward to joining him in heaven. Norman was the fourth generation in the family housemoving business (D.J. Sueell – R.B. Montgomery House Movers) which was started in 1875. He promised his grandfather, D.J. Sueell, that the business would thrive for 100 years. With his optimistic guidance, and the hard work of his sons Steve and Tom and his grandson Chris, the family business is now looking forward to a 150 year anniversary. Norman served as the President of the International Association of Structural Movers and was a Board Member for the Housemoving Museum in Texas. In Sacramento he was fondly known as the Dean of Housemovers and was the mover of choice for the Catholic Diocese. He moved churches, rectories, and donated classrooms to many schools, including the high schools his grandchildren attended, Christian Brothers and Saint Francis. Norman was also part of the Brotherhood Community, Knights of Columbus, and a member of Elks Lodge #6. Norman lived life to the fullest. He always had a story or joke to tell and his infectious laugh resonated from deep within. He found great joy in traveling with his daughter Mary and spending time with his grandchildren. He was generous to a fault and gave freely of his time and resources. While he will be missed we all will carry a bit of his spirit within us, for he touched everyone he met in some way. “All clear grandpa”. There will be a visitation from 12:00 noon to 7:00PM on Friday, May 2nd followed by a rosary service at W.F. Gormley & Sons at 2015 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00PM at Sacred Heart Parish at 1040 39th Street, Sacramento, CA. Interment will be private. The family requests remembrances in Norman’s name be made to the Christian Brothers Community at 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820.



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