Norma Marie Steele

March 3, 1960 to October 23, 2023


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Norma Marie Steele on Sunday, October 23rd following a 4 year struggle with frontal-temporal lobe dementia. She passed with loved ones at her side at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital at age 63.

Predeceased by her parents Brett and Elizabeth Wheaton, Norma leaves behind her husband of 40 years (Lane); two daughters Natalie (Ian) and Laurie (Cory); siblings Brian (Marina), Jeff (Marie), Shirley, Keith (Tammy), Curtis, Perry (Cathy), and Ted; sisters-in-law Sonia (Rex); Anne (Louise); Carolyn (Chris); grand-dogs Wagner and Seger; and a large circle of her dearest friends and extended family.

Born March 3rd, 1960 in Frederickton, NL Norma was raised with true Newfoundland values. Although she grew up with 6 brothers, it did not make her “rough” in any way. She was empathetic, kind and caring to anyone who needed it. She met her husband, Lane, while still in high school and loved him dearly from that moment on. At age 20 Norma moved to St. John’s, eventually settling in Paradise where she built a life with her husband Lane and raised her two daughters. She worked in accounting for over 20 years with the Fish Harvesters Resource Centre of the FFAW, where she excelled at her job and made many friends over the years. She retired at age 57 and made the most of every minute of her healthy retirement years with time spent travelling, staying at the camper, and going out with friends. Norma was a vibrant, active woman; she loved to go for long walks with friends, treks in the woods with her husband, and hikes with her daughters. She cherished her family and friends, and was always there to provide support when needed. She loved music and could be caught dancing in the kitchen on any given day. She was a ray of sunshine in her loved ones lives and the anchor that held her children and many others through the storms of life.

Our family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the staff at Agnes Pratt nursing home for making her feel at home and loved; St Clare’s ER nurses, Dr. Power and her residents for their kindness and understanding; and the nursing staff at 6West for doing everything to make her comfortable in her final hours.

Visitation will take place at 1-3 pm on Saturday, October 28th at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, with a service to follow at 3pm at the Carnell Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.



1-3 p.m. on October 28, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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3:00pm, Saturday October 28th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Dear Wheaton Family

I am so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. I only heard the news after leaving dad’s funeral.
Thank you for all your support while attending your own grief.

We are saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. Our condolences to Lane, Natalie, Laurie and all who loved her. Michelle, Samantha, & Aimee

So sad to hear of Norma’s passing, my sincere condolences

So sad to hear of Norma’s passing, my sincere condolences to her families and friends. She was a dear close friend of my sister Bernadette and she attended our daughters wedding with her 18 years ago, Norma fit right in with all 7 of us sister’s like she was one of us. Rest peacefully sweet lady, we will always remember you.

My sincere condolences to Lane, Nathalie, Laurie & the Wheaton Family.

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of my wonderful and beautiful friend, Norma. Our friendship spanned over 40 years from our late teens to now. You were that one special friend someone would meet only once in a lifetime.

We laughed, we cried, we shared victories and we shared challenges. Mostly, we shared respect and love. Thank you Norma for all of this and I would not hesitate to go down this same path with you again if I could do it all over.

You may not have realized the impact you had on my life which continues today and always. It was you who brought two of your friends, myself and my then, future husband together some 39+ years ago.. For that, you will always be a special part of our lives.

Norma, I will miss our chats and the times we spent together. You always spoke proudly and lovingly of your family. You loved your sweetheart, Lane. You cherished your beautiful daughters, Nathalie & Laurie. You always beamed when talking about their artistic and musical talents and their love for animals.

Norma, you will be truly missed and never forgotten.

I love you dearly, my best friend forever.


With love and sincere condolences from Bernadette & Terry Sansford & Family

To Norma’s family. I really enjoyed my visit and chats with Norma at the FRC office. Always a smile. She was missed when she retired. May you rest in peace. Keep your memories close.

So sorry to hear about the passing of Norma.
Please accept my sincere condolences .

Sorry to hear of Norma’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all family members at this very sad time, GOD bless.

So very sorry to hear of Norma’s passing.. I was friends with Norma growing up in Frederickton, as young girls. Have many happy memories spent at each others house & playing in the great outdoors. I last saw her and Lane a few years ago, bakeapple picking in Frederickton. Sending deepest condolences to Lane & family and the Wheaton family!

So sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. Our most sincere condolences to Lane and the Steele family. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

So very sorry to hear this news about Norma. I have only a very few memories of my older cousin but I remember her smile.

This News is So Sad.Norma ,my Cousin was such a Sweet Lady.
My Greatest Condolences to Everyone.
Rest in Peace my Angel. from your Cousin Eugene.

Rest in peace dear Norma. My condolences to the families.

To Lane and and family
So sorry to hear of Norma’s passing.. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Sending our love.

Aunt Doreen and Uncle Norm

So sorry to hear of Norma’s passing! Deepest condolences to Lane & family & the Wheaton family! ! RIP Norma!

Lane & family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I remember Norma from the Health Sciences Centre where she worked when she was expecting her first child, and I remember Lane as a paramedic/ambulance driver who came to the Cancer Centre where I worked.
First thing comes to mind about Norma is how vivacious she was, how friendly and kind she was to me, and that beautiful smile of hers that really could light up a room.
Condolences to you, Lane & family, and to all who knew and loved Norma, and may your memories of her, and the support of your family and friends, bring comfort and help ease the pain.
God bless, and may Norma’s gentle soul rest in peace.

My deepest condolences go out to one of the nicest families have I have had the privilege and closest families that I have ever had the privilege of meeting., My condolences go out to Lane and their two grown children as well, I will be thinking of you all in the days the lie ahead.
May the peace of God cover each one of you through this difficult time.
Sandra Loder

Lane & Family,We are so sorry to hear of your wife ( Norma )passing ,Our sincere condolences to all.

Lane I’m so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

To the Steele and Wheaton families,
Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of Norma. I haven’t seen Norma in many years however remember her kindness to me as a young teenager. May courage guide your path as you feel the tremendous pain of this loss. Remembering her fondly,
Marlene and Chas (Wheaton-Chaston)

My thoughts go out to the Wheaton & Steele families during this time of loss. Norma & I were friends for a relatively short time. She looked forward to & cherished our tea/ coffee get togethers as did I. Norma was a gentle soul whose smile always warmed the heart. Her memory will live on. RIP my friend.

My deepest condolences to Lane, their girls, family and friends. My memories of Norma go back to when she met Lane.
She was a special person, I never seen her without a smile.. RIP sweet Norma.

So sorry to hear about Norma. She was a very loving person and a great coworker.. I will never forget her kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Natalie, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.