Norman Lodal

January 4, 1927 - June 24, 2012
Norman Lodal

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Hendersonville, NC

Norman Lodal, resident of Hendersonville for the past 24 years, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 following a brief illness. Norman Lodal, P.E., was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and spent the majority of his chemical engineering career with Kraft Foods Research & Development.

Norm is survived by Shirley Nelson Lodal, his wife of 64 years, 3 of his 4 children: Claire Ellen Wilson predeceased him, Beth Ann Lodal, Peter Nelson Lodal, and John Norman Lodal; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the ìFriends of the Libraryî in Henderson County, 301 N. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739 would be most appreciated.

Family services are to be scheduled at a later date.

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Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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  • June 28, 2012
    Art & Judith Kuntz says:
    Shirley, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Norm's now in the Heavenly Choir, Tenor Section!

  • June 29, 2012
    Lowell Kohlrust says:
    Shirley and family, i worked at R&D with Norm from from 1956 to 1963 whyen I transferred to Kraft Headquarters in Chicago. We also played together on the R&D softball team. We had some great times together; he was a great mentor to a young engineer and a great friend. I know you will miss him alot. Jan and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Grace and peace, Lowell Kohlrust

  • June 29, 2012
    Larry Montalto says:
    Dear Lodal Family, I worked with Norm at Kraft back in the late 70's and early 80's, I was on the softball team and Norm took a team photo of us and was kind enough to give me a team photo, it hangs in my office today, he was a true gentleman, I will say a prayer for him, respectfully, Larry Montalto

  • June 30, 2012
    Peter Liakakos says:
    Had the good fortune of working with Norm, during the years 1953-1956, as a co-op student from Northwestern U. His nature, tollerance and professional performance were exemplary. My sincerest condolences. Pete Liakakos

  • July 02, 2012
    Lee Asavavatana and family says:
    As much as we all aware of life cycle that will reach the end one day, it is always brings along sorrow and sadness when that day arrived. Peterís email reached me and the same feeling I had when my mother passed away hit me again. Tui and I were out of town when we received Peterís email, it was num for a few days before I gather my thought on Norm whom I met 37 years ago when I joined Stange Co. Norm opened his warm arms to welcome me right away and our relationship grew rapidly to became family friend and not long after, Norm considered us as part of his family and he always included us in many family gathering as much as possible throughout the years. Norm left Stange Co. to Kraft R&D and thanks to Norm, not too long thereafter he suggested to George Bosy to interview me for an opening in Engineering Development lab. I was accepted and my career with Kraft R&D commence in 1980. Throughout my initial 8 years with the Engineering Development, working mostly with the Edible Oil scientists, Norm always available for me to consult in all areas and provided me with valuable coaching when I needed. The greatest memories we most appreciated and will never forget were on two occasions; when I married my wife (Tui) in Chicago, Norm and Shirley were representing my parents, and when our daughter, Pana arrived, they were so care and generous from the time of Tui pregnancy, guided her to the best doctor and just about all other preparations, and became Pana American grandparents ever since. Norm, as well as George Bosy and many good friends at R&D and Operations supported my decision to accept Kraft International assignment in Asia Pacific, which required our family relocation to Melbourne, Australia in 1988. The distance and my 23 years expatriate assignment with Kraft in Asia made is difficult to meet as frequent as we like. However, with the availability of internet, we managed to keep in touch occasionally. Pana, Tui and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Shirley and every lodalís members for the lost of Norm. We also felt the lost as well. Norm kindness, sincere, care and guidance will always be in our heart and mind for ever. With our deepest condolences, Lee, Tui and Pana