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Norma Brewer

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. — This part is true: 83-year-old Norma Rae Flicker Brewer of Fairfield, Connecticut passed away in January after suffering a stroke. Norma was a beloved mother, grandmother, and big fan of practical jokes. That’s where this gets tricky. Norma wrote her own obituary; it starts out as a great piece of fiction, with nothing other than her name and hometown being true.

“Norma Rae Flicker Brewer, a resident of Fairfield, passed away while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  She never realized her life goal of reaching the summit, but made it to the  base camp.  Her daughter, Donna, her dog, Mia, and her cats came along at the last minute.  There is suspicion that Mrs. Brewer died from hypothermia, after Mia ate Mrs. Brewer’s warm winter boots and socks.”

Lesko Polke Funeral Home confirmed Brewer as the author, saying Norma herself submitted it. The rest of the obituary is traditionally eloquent and non-fiction.

“People who don’t know my mother are bemused,” Brewer’s daughter, Donna, told the Connecticut Post. “People who know my mother are laughing and saying, `Yeah, that’s Norma.”’

Talk about getting the last laugh!


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