Double, Norma Matar


Norma Matar Double, 84, of Winona, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

Norma Jean was born September 15, 1936, in Saginaw, Mich., to Sam and Lorena (Haddad) Matar. She graduated from Port Huron High School and attended St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich. On May 11, 1968, she married Paul B. Double in Grace Episcopal Church in Port Huron. Together they raised three sons, John Paul, Eric, and Matthew.

Norma held many career titles over the years: a secretary for Diamond Crystal Salt Co. in St. Clair, Mich.; administrative assistant with WNB Financial (formerly Winona National Bank); co-owner of Montgomery Wards, Winds-N-Waters, The Sports Store, an apartment complex in Goodview, Duds-N-Suds Laundromat & Car Wash, Mall Coin Cleaners, Laurie’s Custom Canvas in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was also a telecommunications operator for Sprint. But her best career was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was state secretary for the Lebanese Association for the State of Michigan. She was involved with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ECW and the W-K Elementary PTA. Norma was a passionate QVC deal finder as well as the activities director and transportation coordinator for three busy sons.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; three sons, John Paul, Eric, and Matthew; five grandchildren, Ariana, Elana, Ethan, Delilah, and Katherine; two brothers, Russell Joseph Matar and Sam John (Angela) Matar; and many cousins across the United States.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam John Matar and Lorena (Haddad) Matar; a sister, Matilda “Tillie” (Jack) Short; a brother, John Sam (Joann) Matar; and a sister-in-law, Ginger Matar.

The visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home in Winona.

The burial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winona.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Outreach Fund at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 265 Lafayette Street, Winona, MN, 55987.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory in Winona and Fountain City. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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