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Celebration of Life for Norma Rogers Local Business Owner and Artist

Norma Rogers passed away at age 91 in July of this year. She was a business owner and artist.

Norma was born in Pleasant Hill Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan where she met and married her husband, John Rogers. Shortly after graduating the young couple moved to Santa Monica, California where their first daughter Carol was born. A short time after Carol’s birth they moved to Mar Vista, California and had their second daughter Ann.

Once the girls started school, Norma went back to school at Santa Monica City College and studied printing. Norma worked as a commercial printer for several years in the Los Angeles area.

In 1975 Norma and John purchased their ranch in Ahwahnee, California and the next year purchased Mountain Glass, a retail glass and stove store in Oakhurst. After several years John and Norma decided to concentrate on the sale of wood stoves and the business name was changed to Mountain Comforts.

Norma and some of her sculptures as featured in a Sierra News Online Artist Spotlight.

In the late 1980’s Norma took a bronze casting class at Fresno City College, and she fell in love with sculpting. She started taking more classes at Fresno State University and at age 74 she graduated with a master’s degree in Art. Although her true passion was bronze casting, she worked in rock, acrylic, metals, ceramic, plaster, wood as well as many natural materials. She showed and sold her work in Fresno, Madera and locally in Oakhurst.

After John passed away in 2008, Norma continued to run Mountain Comforts until she was forced to retire at the age of 89 due to Covid and health issues. She continued to live on her beloved ranch until the time of her death.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday November 12th at 1PM at the Oakhurst Community Center in the Pavilion. A light lunch will be served. The family invites all who wish to attend.

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