Norma Ann Gierie, 82, animal lover who had many pets during her lifetime

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Norma Ann Gierie
Norma Ann Gierie

Norma Ann Gierie, 82, of Wilmington, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Wilmington. Norma Gierie was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on October 1, 1933, to the late Alfonso and Maria Solomita.

She attended White Cliff Heights High School and was married to Bruce C. Gierie, who preceded her in death. Norma was a lover of animals and had numerous dogs, cats and birds over her lifetime.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Adrienne O’reilly, and brother, Anthony Solomita.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Gierie-Merrell; son, William V. Gierie; grandchildren, Nicole Gierie, Adrienne Land, Joseph Gierie, Kathryn Pavelo, Leah Gierie, Vincent Gierie, Patrick Gierie, Hunter Merrell and Storm Merrell; and great-grandchildren, Remy Picou, Nia Taylor and Desmond Taylor.

A memorial service is planned for later this year at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paws Place Dog Rescue or the American Cancer Society.

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