WHEN one hears of Eventide Lutheran Homes, thoughts cross to Norma Schurmann, the strong-willed and unique first head matron who helped make the facility what it is today.
Norma, who died on February 18, 2012, a month short of her 90th birthday, put her heart and soul into the Eventide community, tending to the clients, managing staff, organising fundraising events and planting the garden.
She and will be remembered by both Eventide and the wider community as a unique and amazing women.
Born on April 18, 1922, to Lou Schurmann and Emma (nee) Finkemeyer of Minyip, she was baptised on June 4.
Her father died of blood poisoning when Norma was 13.
Norma attended Minyip State School and Caulfield Central School in Melbourne and remembered being taken to school by one of the farm hands driving a horse and gig.
She eventually was able to drive the gig herself and brother Ernie, to school. She also had to look after the horses during school hours.
She also studied for two years at Concordia College in Adelaide.
Norma came home for her conformation in 1938 which she described as a significant day in her life.
During the war, Norma did whatever work she could to help including a lot of voluntary work.
She developed a lifelong love of craft, taught Sunday school and was immersed in the Luther League youth group.
Read more of Norma’s story in Saturday’s Spectator.