Norma G. Cota, 80, of Hamden, wife of the late John D. Cota, passed away on September 13, 2012 at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. Born in Bridgeport on September 2, 1932 to the late Chester and Lily Wood Griffin. Norma is survived by her two daughters, Laurel Cota and her fiancé Francis Stowell of Middlebury and Sharon Cota of Hamden, grandsons, Joseph John Ryan and John Charles Huchet, siblings, Sandra Ericson of Milford and John Griffin of Madison and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Richard Griffin. Norma grew up in Bridgeport before moving to the New Haven area where she raised her children. She was retired from Housatonic Lumber Co. in Derby where she worked for many years as Secretary to the President. When she wasn't spending quality time with her family, Norma always enjoyed a good book or crossword puzzles. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, from 11 a.m. to noon at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Memorial Service will take place at noon. Burial will be private. Contributions in Norma's memory may be sent to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

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  1. My heart is heavy, for no words can ease the loss that you are feeling. A mom’s love is special beyond words spoken. My prayers are with you Laurie, Sharai, and the entire Cota family.

  2. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Nancy will be greatly missed by all who loved her. May your memories bring you joy as you turn to God for comfort and peace in this time of sorrow. Psalm 46:1

  3. Dear Auntie Norma – you’re forever in our hearts & memories. Go in peace. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. ~~M. Frye

  4. I shall miss your wonderful smile, your great spirit, and your blessed way of making everyone around you always feel so much better. R. I. P. and please give Mom and the Rev a big hug for me. Love you Norma.

  5. Dearest Friend. I have been missing you and wondering why you didn’t respond to my cards and letters. Tonight I tried to find you to wish you a merry Christmas and now I know why you didn’t answer me. You must be in a better place than we are . You were a wonderful person with many friends. You were very dear and special to me. Good night dear friend. With love, Barbara I will never forget you.

  6. Hi, my name is Laurel Cota. I was looking at things on Google and came across this obituary. Is it possible for there to be more than one Laurel Cota? ps. I know you are at peace now and no more suffering. you lived a good life. rest in peace.

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