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Norah R. Blashford

  • On April 12, 2021
Norah R. Blashford, 92, of Verona, PA, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2021. She is
preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Roy Earl Blashford (2018), granddaughter Kathryn Kropinak, sister Doreen Stephens and parents John and Norah Render. She is survived by her two children, Scott (Clare) Blashford, and Lynne (Stephen) Kropinak, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Norah was born in Chester Le Street in northern England. She emigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 1952. They settled in Pittsburgh where Norah worked as a comptometer operator in the Gulf building downtown. In 1955, she married Roy Blashford, and moved to Verona, PA. Norah managed the bookkeeping for Roy’s house painting and wallpaper hanging business while raising a family. She was a member of Rosedale United Methodist church, where she and Roy would cook meals for the community’s homeless.
Norah was a volunteer at the Pittsburgh Zoo for nearly 50 years. As a docent, she would take animals to local schools, senior centers and hospitals. She also organized group trips in which the docents visited other zoos, participated in wolf howls and experienced whale watches. Norah was a loving mother, a beloved wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She enjoyed traveling across the country and also trips back to England to visit family.
Throughout her life Norah knit many beautiful hats and sweaters and enjoyed taking them to craft shows and giving them away to show her appreciation. Norah lived a full and long life and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held when it is safe to gather.

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1 Comment

Karen Lockard
Aunt Norah was the first person to teach me how to knit,I still have that project. I have many fond memories of my mother and aunts sitting at the kitchen table chatting and laughing. It was because of them that growing up we had family relationships that took us into adulthood. Aunt Norah was a loving giving woman and I will miss her. Rest In Peace my dear.