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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  • July 02, 2012
    Pana Asavavatana and Family says:
    Norm Lodal was my "Grampa Lodal" or as I described him to my friends, "My caucasian grandfather." Unfortunately I don't have many memories of Grampa Lodal except the occasional letter, email, or the one time we visited when I was in college. However, one thing that I identified most to his name was the constant message my parents gave to me through stories of him: "Pana, Grampa Lodal is the reason why our family has come this far." Had Norm Lodal not aided my father to acquire the opportunity to start his career at Kraft, he probably would not have had one of the longest expat careers in the history of Kraft. Our family left Illinois when I was five, and my father remained an expat for about 20 years. This one opportunity Norm helped to provide my father, has led my family to a multitude of opportunities thereafter. Words cannot describe my gratitude and I know he is one of the reasons I had the chance to become the person I am today. It's true, I don't have many memories of Grampa Lodal except the occasional letter, email, or the one time we visited when I was in college...I remember he gave great hugs. I remember that even though I mostly knew him in pictures, emails and letters, our family owes a heck of a lot to this man. He was my caucasian grampa, and even though we didn't share the same skin, hair color, or blood, he was and always will be family. We will miss you Gramps.