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“To Lisa and Jazzyln,Peter Weaver and family, Lisa you were a wonderful caregiver to your grandmother Nora!. She loved life and her family!. I listen...Read More »
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“Lisa, Lori and Rick- Thanks for sharing your gram with me (us) times I forgot we weren't actually blood related. The new stories will be missed...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Bethany Rankin - Tiburonq, CA

“Lisa: My heartfelt condolences. I am honored to have met Nora Jo at Jazzlyn's birthday party and again at the St. Christopher Art Show. Thank you...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Leigh Barry - Marquette, MI

“I learned to know and love Nora Jo through the pages of "As Nora Jo Fades Away." Her light surely shines bright. Our love, thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Radke - Publisher & Friend

“Ron and Families, You have our most sincere sympathy in your Loss. What a wonderful Lady your Mom was. I worked with her at Montgomery Ward's in the...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Dick Dabb - Friend

“My prayers are wtih all of you. Although it will take time, I hope that soon you will be able to remember her with all the joy & laughter & craziness...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Melissa Goodcild VanPembrook - MI

“Lisa.... You and your family (Pete, Laur, Sher, Brock, Jazz, and BeauBeau) did the most incredible, loving, caring, fantastic, wonderful, amazing...Read More »
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“I love G.G. She was 89, but I wanted her to live to 99. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jazzlyn Jo Weaver - Marquette, MI

“Lisa and family - I only met Nora once when she came to the health club with Laura and Jazz. She greeted me with a smile and I could tell that she...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Seleman - Marquette

“We extend our sympathies to your family. We remember her wonderful raviolis and other delicacies.uUWcR ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Larry & Marilyn Holtien - WI

“We extend our sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. Wish we could have known this fabulous lady ...... but recognize and appreciate the...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Denny and Deb Chartier - Peoria, AZ

“Lisa, Pete, and family, I so enjoyed your book about Grandma Nora. You have many memories to keep with you always. I will keep your family...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Grace Laydon

“Dear Ron and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. Have many fond memory's of your MOM & DAD. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Larry Dabb

“Dear Ron, Pat, and the entire family: Know that I am thinking of you during this very sad time. Mary Lou ”
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“My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, Terry ”
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Nora Josephine Cerasoli, 89, of Marquette, MI (formerly 104 E. Fleshiem St, Iron Mountain, MI) died peacefully in her home surrounded by family and Lake Superior Hospice on December 16, 2010. But most significantly, she left this earth with her favorite little girl by her side, her great granddaughter, Jazzlyn Jo who’s five.

Nora was born on March 18, 1921 in Hardwood, MI, seventh in a string of twelve children. She is survived by a son, Ron (Patricia) Cerasoli, daughter-in-law, Sheri Cerasoli, grandchildren, Todd (Patty) Cerasoli, Rhonda (Roland) Beeck, Lisa (Pete) Cerasoli Weaver, Lora Cerasoli, Rick (Jen) Cerasoli, and great grandchildren, Trish (Mike) Sippola, Krista and Miranda Steinbrecher, Brock and Jazzlyn Jo Weaver, and Jacob Richard Cerasoli. Also surviving her are three beautiful, sweet and spunky sisters, Vern Schei, Ila (Ralph) Pelletier, Aggie Massie and one older sister, Irella Raiche, also sister-in-law Nelda Fornetti.

Both her husband, Fritz, and youngest son, Richard “Dick,” preceded her in death, along with parents John & Mary McMahon, and siblings Ralph, Helen (Backlund), Harold, George, Pat, Billy and Ruthie (Robinette).

Fritz & Nora met when she was just fourteen. Her “claim to fame” was that he was the only man she ever kissed. They were married for sixty-seven years.

Nora loved cooking. She sold Italian food and pasties professionally for over twenty years. This was after a long stint at Montgomery Wards. She was also a fantastic gardener and enjoyed walking.

She spent her life with a smile plastered on her pretty face while making sure any and all near dwellers received full doses of love and her famous home cooking. She always said, “I was born Irish but converted to Italian when I married Fritz.

Although she could no longer live on her own after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, she remained fiesty, funny, and with the help of family, lived life to the fullest. And she loved to sing. Her favorite song was, “Let’s Make Believe That We’re Happy,” by Kitty Wells. And even in her final days she continued to sing, which brought simultaneous laughter and tears to a room packed with loved ones.

She will be missed dearly, but is finally free to spend all of eternity with her beloved youngest son and “the only man she ever kissed.”

The funeral service will be on Saturday at 11:00am at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford. Fr. Michael Woempner will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Nora Cerasoli online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.