April 1936 – November 7, 2017
Norma Angela Charles 81, passed away on November 7, 2017 at her home in Rupert, Idaho.
She was born in Rupert on April 18, 1936 to Joseph and Angela (Steneck) Zampedri. She graduated from Rupert High School in 1954 and worked as a teller for Idaho 1st National bank. She married Walter Charles On September 12, 1959 at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church. They lived on their farm south of Rupert for the past 58 years where they raised their 5 children. Norma was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Catholic Women’s Society, The Guadalupanas, Tops, Rupert Rifle and Pistol Club and Rupert Trail Machine Club. Walt and her were founding members of the Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue as well as Hunter Safety instructors. Norma loved the outdoors and that’s where you would find her- gardening, camping, back packing, and even hunting with her family. She loved helping in the community and at church where she could infuse her energy to get things done behind the scenes. But her greatest joy was being around her family especially her grandkids. She is survived by her husband Walter; her children Teresa (Tony) Meatte of Meridian, Tim (Valentine Kennedy) Charles of Caldwell, Tom (Marie) Charles of Moscow, Trudy Charles of Meridian, and Troy (Karren) Charles of Jerome; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters Alma Hammond of Rupert and Sister Tresa (Velia) Zampedri of Maryknoll, NY; 1 brother Duane (Audrey) Zampedri of Santa Clara, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents, and 4 brothers Gene, Jake, Jack and Floyd Zampedri.
In lieu of flowers the family would like any donations to be made to the St. Nicholas Catholic School.
A Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Nicholas with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.