CityShabbona, Formerly of Aurora
Date Of BirthFeb-24-1943
Date of deathMar-10-2017
A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow visitation with interment on Wednesday, March 15 at River Hills Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Visitation will be at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
River Hills Cemetery, Batavia, IL
Norman “Pete” Maier, age 74, of Shabbona, IL, passed away at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, on Friday evening, March 10, 2017. Norm was born on February 24, 1943, in Aurora, IL, to proud parents Earl and Mable (Bornemann) Maier. He grew up in Sugar Grove and attended local schools, including a one room schoolhouse on Bliss Rd. Norm graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1962. Norm made a name for himself on the hardwood as guard. Following his graduation, Norm continued to work on the family farm, faithfully tending the livestock alongside his eleven siblings. It was there that his ironclad work ethic was born and he would take that with him when he started his thirty year career at Burgess Norton as a punch press operator. He retired in 1997 and was immensely proud of his retirement certificate and ceremonial clock. Norm met an angel disguised as a car hop at the A&W in Aurora on Hill Ave. Her name Shirlee McCrimmon and Norm really never had a chance. They were united in marriage on June 26, 1965. They began their new life together in Aurora and celebrated their one year anniversary holding their first child, a daughter named Dawn, who was born only weeks before. They were blessed with two more children, Richard in 1967, and Bryan in 1970 made the family complete. In June of 1976, tragedy struck when leukemia took away his soul mate, best friend and mother to his children. They continued to live in Aurora to watch his children grow and the memories multiply. Fate blessed him again when he met and married MeDora Ann Cash in 1981. They would have six years of wedded bliss until her passing in 1986. In 1992, he moved to Somonauk, though recently he made Shabbona his home. Norm was a member of the Eagles Club in Aurora and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Batavia. Norm had a generous spirit and would give the shirt off his back to those in need, which was ironic because he was always cold and wore several. Norm’s standard answer to most any inquiry was, “huh?”, even though he heard exactly what you said. When you called him on in, he’d share a smirk and laugh letting you in on the joke. During many summers, Norm went by “coach”, leading his kids baseball and softball teams while passing on tips and wisdom. Bowling ruled the home as both Norm and Shirlee were known to make the circuits through several bowling leagues, at Parkside in Aurora, Bowling Green in West Chicago, as well as St. Charles Bowl. His spirit still remains in the aura of yesteryear as the crash of ten pins echo through the memories of his family and friends. He leaves his three children: Dawn (Jeff) Barry, Richard (Brandy) Maier and Bryan (Karol) Maier; Seven grandchildren: Holly (Kregg) Soltow, Tyler Maier, Jacob Maier, Andrew Maier, Payton Barry, Taylor and Cody Santelli; two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mason Soltow; five siblings: Marilyn Spurgin, Marcella Thomas, Glenn “Jake” Maier, Betty (Robert) McKean and Margaret Hedden; many nieces, nephews and a community of friends. He now joins his parents, Earl and Mable Maier; his wives Shirlee and Ann; three brothers: Robert, Earl Jr. and Melvin Maier; two sisters: Charlotte Maier and Rosemary Padlovich who preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Norm’s name. Checks may be made to the “Norman Maier Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.