Norma D’Alessandro Frost
Norma D’Alessandro Frost passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27th, surrounded by family. Norma was born December 31, 1932, in New Jersey and was the beloved daughter of Alex and Elizabeth D’Alessandro. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's University in Florham Park, New Jersey, with a B.A. degree in Advertising and worked on Madison Avenue, in New York City, as a part-time model and a paraprofessional until meeting the love of her life at a best friend’s wedding.
Ed and Norma had a forever love story - they met when he was in the United States Navy, married and moved to Mississippi so he could pursue his career in banking. They relocated to Colorado to begin their family and moved back to Long Island, NY, for several years. They wanted their family to grow up in “God’s Country” and moved to Grand Junction, CO, in 1971, where they built their dream home, enjoyed the Colorado outdoors, raised their children, and played with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norma was employed by the School District as a Librarian at Grand Junction High School which blended her two greatest passions - literature and kids. She loved spending time with high school students, talking about their futures, and giving recommendations for resources for assignments or reading material that was new and exciting. Norma also was very involved in volunteer work throughout the community including working with Heirlooms for Hospice, Suicide Hotline, Redlands Middle School, and a variety of womens’ groups that were focused on building a better community, helping others, and Book Clubs where they gathered to engage with interesting literature and enjoy each others’ company.
Norma was intelligent, outgoing, compassionate, and loving to all. Above anything, she cherished her own family (and any others she adopted along the way!!). Ed was the love of her life and greets her in Heaven (passing in September, 2012). She is survived by their large, loving family, Patty (Brian) Phelps, Jody (Matt) Diers, Mike (Maria) Frost, Nancy (Bryan) McFarlin, 11 amazing grandchildren and their families (wives and seven great-grandchildren) and her beloved sister, Ann (Joe) Cardaci and their beautiful family.
Norma had many interests and truly loved helping others. In addition, she loved gardening, reading and writing, playing bridge, dancing, baking, sewing, watching professional and college baseball and basketball, and especially loved being a spectator of any sport where their children were playing (she was a permanent fixture of the FMHS gymnasium for many years!!). Their home was a place where everyone was welcomed and felt loved - and had access to her “goodie counter” where she stocked homemade treats daily.
The family offers special thanks to the amazing staff of HopeWest and Eagle Ridge of the Grand Valley for their exceptional care and compassion.
A private family service will be held at a later date and she will be interred with Ed at the
Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, together forever, as they had always wanted.