Carol Cecilia Norton
Carol Cecilia Norton
  • May 13, 1925 - August 7, 2017
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Carol Cecelia Norton, 92, died at her home in Chicago on August 7, 2017 in the presence of her family; born in Cleveland, Ohio to Avery Byron and Cecilia Charpie; she endured the depression as a child in North Royalton, Ohio; earned her Modern Language Diploma with membership in the National Honor Society from Cleveland Heights High School in 1943; and studied at the New York School of Modern Photography; entrepreneurial for her time, with her dear friend Ruth Newman (nee Moritz) she co-founded Char-Mor Studios; Carol met her late husband Donald in the Cleveland Society of Professional Photographers and they were married in 1959; together, with Donald and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Betty), stewarded the Clifford Norton Studio, established 1907 by Clifford Norton, expanding from Van Aken to Shaker Heights, then Beachwood and finally Lyndhurst serving clients across northeastern Ohio until their retirement in 1994 to live in Chicago with their daughters' families.

Beloved wife of the late Donald A. Norton. Mother of Lisa, Johanna (Thomas) Sawyer, and Clifford (Audrey). Grandmother of Rebecca (Eric) Targe, Esther (Fitzgerald) Okoli, Johanna Sawyer, Hannah Sawyer, and Rae Norton. Sister of the late Alan (the late Betty) Charpie. Sister-in-law of the late Jane Rampe and the late Elizabeth Greve. Aunt of John (Elinore) Rampe, Elizabeth (Harlan) Edmonds, Martha Whitbeck and Laura Rampe.

Visitation 9-11 AM Monday, August 14, at The Moody Church 1635 North LaSalle Drive, Chicago, Il, followed by the funeral service at 11 AM. Interment to follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20963 Hoff Road, Elwood Illinois. Arrangements by Drake and Son Funeral Home. 773-561-6874. Everlasting Memorial available at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that offerings be made to benefit people with disabilities via one of two local organizations. Donations to the 139 Disability Ministry would go directly to the benefit of persons with disabilities. Donations to Joni And Friends would fund scholarships for those who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend disability camp.

To give to 139 Disability Ministry
Make Check Payable to:The Moody Church
Memo: In Memory of Carol Norton

To give to Joni And Friends Urban Camps
Make Check Payable to: Joni And Friends
Memo: Carol Norton - Chicago Urban Camp