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KLAU Norma (nee Bilello), of Mahwah, NJ, beloved art teacher at Glen Rock High School for 38 years, passed away on Sunday, October 16, at the age of 72. Born in New York City in 1944 to her father Charlie, a photo retoucher for Twentieth Century Fox, and mother Evelyn, an emergency-room nurse, Norma and her sister Fran, a k a "Fizz," were raised in Glendale, Queens. She attended Richmond Hill High School, followed by C.W. Post College in Long Island, where she graduated with a degree in studio art. When she was 19, Norma and a few friends were strolling through Times Square one summer evening, when a young Jewish guy from Brooklyn walked up to her and changed her life; they spent the next 52 years together. After marrying in 1967, Norma and Barry moved to Bergen County, New Jersey or "the country," as Norma liked to call it. Their first house was next to a babbling brook. In 1970, she was hired by Glen Rock High School as an art teacher, where it quickly became clear that she had found her home. Through all her years at Glen Rock, she inspired countless young minds, she had a special gift for understanding teenagers, in particular and formed lasting relationships with so many of her peers, among them, her dear friend and fellow art teacher, the late Alan Sponzilli. In 1975, she gave birth to her daughter, Danielle. And although she became a "working mom" when that concept was still new, her daughter and her husband always came first. She had tremendous energy, the superhuman ability to give 100 percent of herself to both her family and her career. She was known to dress as Wonder Woman on occasion, on account of her passing resemblance to Lynda Carter. She was a fabulous dancer, the life of every party. Her blue eyes lit up the room. Norma was predeceased by her father, Charles Bilello; her mother, Evelyn Berndt Bilello; and her older sister, Frances Doyle. She is survived by her loving husband, Barry Klau; her daughter, Danielle (John) Cochran; her nephew, Sean Doyle; her niece, Theresa (Dennis) Gregory; her great-nieces and great-nephews, Alana, Brenna, Darren, Justin and Cameron; and her grandchildren, Margaret, Benjamin and Josephine, a k a "Chunks." Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey, NJ. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:30-11:30 AM at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at the Garden of Memories in Washington Twsp., NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org . Please send tributes, memories and condolences to vanemburghsneider.com .
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