Norma Banen

Norma Banen, 82, Fountain Hills, AZ, passed away June 8, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel Feldman and Dorothy Feld-man. She is survived by her husband, Allen; her children, Steven (Lisa) Banen and Renee Sacco; grandchildren Brandi (A.J.), Colten, Trey, David, Louis and Samuel; and great-granddaughter Brinley. She is also survived by her sister, Sherel (Mike) Sands, and Sherel’s family in Kansas City.

Norma Feldman was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Chicago where she attended Farragut High School and met Allen Banen whom she married on May 2, 1954. They lived in Skokie and moved to the Los Angeles area in 1961, Sharon Mas-sachusetts in 1975 and settled in Phoenix in 1979. They bought a liquor store, Papago Liquor, and sold it when they acquired Ryan Cabinets in 1980 which they operated as Noral Enterprises for 20 years.

She was married to Al for 64 years, and for many years was “normacopilot” when he fle the family airplane from Van Nuys Airport in the L.A area and later from Falcon Field, Mesa.

After selling the cabinet business they traveled extensively, participating in caravan flight across Alaska and later to historic lodges across the northern U.S. They took cruises to Hawaii, Alaska, the Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand and the Southeastern U.S., and a family Caribbean cruise celebrating their 50th anniversary. They toured Africa, the Baltic States, Northern Europe, China, Petra and Israel, and left Egypt the day before the Arab Spring. Several years ago they drove in a Corvette caravan to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Norma was a woman of valor. Like many of her generation, she was raised without excess or pretension. Her mother suffered from spare circumstances and poor health. Norma was a true homemaker and early in her life set out to create the home she never had. As a young mother, she jumped rope, played ball with the kids and was unbeatable on the paddle board. She was active in her children’s school activities, providing love and support for her family along with chop suey and liver and onions. She was an astute businesswoman and home manager. She graciously hosted family holidays and attentively cared for her grand-children when they were sick at her “infirmary”at the cabinet shop. She had an easy laugh, a smile that lit up the room and an effortless kindness.

During her 30 years in Fountain Hills, she monitored polling booths and was active with Congregation Beth Hagivot. Services were held June 10, 2018, at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Salvation Army or Camp Swift. Arrangements by Messenger Mortuary in Fountain Hills.