CHESHIRE – Emma Austin Norback, 96, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, from complications of COVID at MidState Medical Center. She was the wife of James S. Norback.
Emma was born on August 4, 1924, in West Haven, the daughter of the late Arthur and Laura (Brown) Austin. She was a bookkeeper for the New Haven Credit Bureau for over 20 years, retiring in 1995.
Emma is survived by her daughter Janet E. Norback and son Thomas J. Norback and his wife Sarah, all of Cheshire; her grandchildren Charles “Chuck” Fisher (Susan) of Branford, Kristen Muller (John) of Niantic, Brandon Fisher (Christina) of Branford, Amy Norback Richards (Brad) of Milford, Michael Norback (Alanna) of Jacksonville, N.C., Gunnar Norback and Anders Norback of Cheshire; her great-grandchildren Sara, Emma and Ryan Muller, Emma and Hazen Richards, and Abigail Norback; brother Arthur Austin of Hudson Florida; her daughters-in-law Carol Whitaker of Pickens, S.C. and Karen Norback of Lafayette, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Norback was predeceased by her sons James “Jimmy,” Gary and Jeffery Norback.
She was an extraordinary person who exemplified kindness and generosity. She knew no other way but to put others before herself. She ingrained in her children early on, “To have a friend, you have to be a friend.” Her most precious gifts were her grandchildren, and the bond they shared. She offered an endless supply of love, acceptance, patience and unwavering support. Emma loved the outdoors, be it on long walks along the linear path, or marveling at a beautiful sunset or storm setting in from the west as viewed from her front steps. Emma was a communicant of the First Congregational Church for 67 years, where she was a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer.
Arrangements – Funeral services will be private, with a burial held in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.