Norma Zampedri – The Woman – The Myth – The Legend
There is a new angel in heaven and her name is Norma.
The Woman – Norma Zampedri was bigger than life itself. Her boundless energy and her endless love touched many souls during her brief 86 years with us on earth. Norma was the family matriarch, adored by all and feared when we foolishly stepped out of line.
The Myth - Norma died while rushing into a burning orphanage to save the children. Ok, maybe not. But if the need ever arose she would have led the firemen into the burning building. She could also spin a great story better than
anyone (with the possible exception of her dear departed husband, Fred). She loved to make people smile. We are confident she would love seeing a smile on your face as you read her obituary.
The Legend - Norma loved, hugged, laughed and prayed harder than any of us left here on earth. We are talking endless love, world-class hugs, sidesplitting funny songs and prayer with an amazing track record. Norma had a capacity to love that defies description. Her hugs could make a rainy day seem like a warm summer sunrise. Her songs could leave you laughing hysterically (or wondering why she never found her way to Nashville). Her prayers were truly legendary. Rumor has it that God was so impressed with Norma’s prayers He promoted her to His “A” team. Others say God brought her upstairs to stop her from pestering him with her persistent prayers. (The family is leaning towards the former but we can’t be certain.) Whatever the case, Norma’s prayers were truly legendary and touched everyone around her. What we do know for sure is that Norma’s last moments on Earth were spent praying for those of us she left behind.
Norma started life as it ended – sincerely loved by all around her. Born to Alpha and Loretta Padgett on June 2, 1931 in Miami Oklahoma, Norma grew up with a sister, Jean and two brothers, Richard and Don. All have preceded her in joining God.
Norma is survived by a daughter, Karin Christensen and granddaughter, Heidi Pavliska from Vancouver, Washington; two great-grandchildren Maximillian and Alexandra Pavliska; and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many others who proudly claim to be related to Norma from the love she radiates.
Norma’s family came to Utah in 1936 to escape the depression when all mining shut down in Oklahoma. She attended Davis County schools and graduated from Davis High School in 1949.
Norma married Fred Zampedri on April 2, 1955 in Elko Nevada. She and Fred adored each other. They owned an RV and traveled the US on many memorable vacations. They spent their summers in South Fork at the Eagles Campground. Fred joined God on February 1, 2013.
Norma worked for the Commercial Security Bank from 1960 to 1978 and then started a real estate career which lasted for 25 years, retiring in 2004.
Norma was a lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church and was best known for her amazing work in spreading God’s love through the community, including her ministry to the women in the Weber County Jail. Norma was honored by the City of Ogden for her work with children.
Finally, she asked us all to celebrate the miracle of life and thank God for our blessings. She is looking forward to seeing all of us in Heaven.
Norma requested she be cremated and laid to rest in Ogden City Cemetery next to her beloved Fred and that there be no public services. Arrangements entrusted to Aaron’s Mortuary of Ogden.