Norman Edward Klenow

East Tawas
July 18, 1941 - August 10, 2019


Norm's family will welcome friends for visitation on Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 PM. A scripture service will be prayed at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM
His family will also welcome friends at Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday morning for visitation from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral mass.

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church ~ East Tawas


A funeral mass will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church with Reverend Charles Donajkowski officiating

Obituary Notice

Norman Edward Klenow, of East Tawas, passed away on Saturday evening, August 10, 2019 at the Tawas St. Joseph Hospital, age 78 years. Norm was born on July 18, 1941 in East Tawas to the late Edward A. and Grace C. (Merschel) Klenow. After his schooling, he served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged after 3 years of service. Norm married the former Barbara Hester on February 8, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Tawas. He owned and operated the former Clark Gas Station for a few years, then later after selling the gas station, he worked for many years as the store manager. Norm also owned and operated the Woodland RV in Tawas City. In 2004, Norm decided to step away from the working life and enjoy his retirement years. He enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing and watching Michigan football. Norm was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Tawas Elks, East Tawas Parks Board, East Tawas City Council and the East Tawas Fire Department for over 51 years. He was a passionate supporter of his family. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren was unyielding. Norms love for the community he lived in and served did not waiver until he took his last breath. He is survived by his wife Barbara Klenow; 2 sons, David (Kelley) Klenow of Leland, NC, Dennis (Pam) Klenow of Clarkston, MI; brother Chuck (Kay) Klenow of East Tawas, MI; 9 grandchildren, Tyler, Brooke, Nolan, Drew, Adam, Jack, Eric, Jenna, Amanda; 4 great-grandchildren, Noel, Jamarree, Xzavior and Devanghn. Norm is also survived by 2 sisters, Ruth (Edgar) Peterson of Manistee, MI, Carol (Jay) Davey of Lakeland, FL; sister-in-law Pat Klenow of Norway, MI and 12 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Doug Klenow, step-father Harry Pelton, brother Tim Klenow, sister Lynn Cholger, father-in-law Earl Hester and mother-in-law Nettie Hester. Norm's family will welcome friends for a time of visitation on Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. A scripture service will be prayed by Reverend Tyler Bischoff on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas with Reverend Charles Donajkowski officiating. His family will welcome friends at the church on Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the mass. With respect for the many years of dedication to the fire service, Norman will be escorted to the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery for burial by East Tawas and Tawas City Fire apparatus. Full military honors will take place at the cemetery along with the fireman's last call and tolling of the fire bell. Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to make a donation in Norman's name to either the American Heart Association or the Holy Family Catholic School. An online guest registry is available at


Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to make a donation in Norman's name to either the American Heart Association or the Holy Family Catholic School.


St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery ~ East Tawas


Dear Barb & family,
Our hearts go out to you.
May God give you peace.
Norm is surely in heaven!
Prayers & sympathy,
— Marsha & Mike Herrick
Oh so sorry to hear this . prayers for all the family may you rest in the arms of the lord . have a reunion with all your classmates there.
— janet coyer
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Hold close the wonderful memories you have to help you through this time. God’s blessings🙏🏻
— Jodi Farrand
We’re so sorry to hear this and we are sending Barb and family our thoughts and prayers. Norm was a wonderful man and loved by many. He will be dearly missed.
— Greg and Tina Michalski
We were so sorry to hear about one of our cherished ETFD members has passed. Norm was an huge part of the ETFD family for a very long time. He’ll truly be missed. To Barb, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Love you both.
— Jacquie and Bob Marx
Norm’s rapport, public service and smile are just a few of the things that come to me right now.
His role model as a husband, father, brother and citizen is what is so missing in today’s world.
The class of ‘59, TAHS has lost another class person.
God Bless Norm and has his arms around Barb.
— Ed Nagy
Barb my prayers are with you and your family...he will be missed.....
— Carol Bohmier
So sorry for your loss. Barb and family, we are holding you close in prayer.
— Curtis and Vicky Kobs
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all, Rest In Peace good friend great neighbor, God’s Blessings to you all.
— Bob and Sandy Oesterling
Barb and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May you receive comfort, peace and strength from our Heavenly Father. And may you all be filled with wonderful memories of your husband, father and grandfather, Norm. Thoughts and prayers. ❤️
— George and Janet Fishel
Barb and family so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you. RIP Norm you will be greatly missed by all.
— June Scott
Barb I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Norm will surely be missed !
— Cathy Klemish
Dear Barb, I was very sorry to hear of Norm's passing. Many hugs and prayers.
— Tamara Austin
Barb and family, we are so sorry hearing of Norm’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. May all the wonderful memories help you all get through the days ahead. Sincerely Dee and Dave Schirmer
— Dee and Dave Schirmer
my deepest heartfelt condolences to Barb and the entire family...he always took time out to mentor me during my days working for him at Clark Gas Station, he always called me 'Super Frank'...R.I.P. Norm
— Frank Mahon
Our prayers are with you Barb and your family. Tom and Marilynn Thompson.
— Tom Thompson
Barb and Family no words express our sympathy and sorrow at your loss of Norm. Wonderful husband, father, grandfather and servant to His Lord and the community. He'll be missed by many.
— Dave and Marcia Lesinski
Our deepest sympathy to the family. It was a wonderful person and the community has lost a great person. RIP
— Lee and Sally Krueger
May God wrap you both in his heavenly arms, until you again meet. Barb, words fail, but know love never dies. it just changes form. Bless you and your family.

Sherry Mirasola
— Sherry Mirasola
So sorry for your loss. He was truly one of a kind. Prayers to you all
— Randy & Eileen Brewer
sorry to hear this and I am sending Barb and family our thoughts and prayers
— paul wayco
So sorry to hear about Norm. My thoughts and prayers go out to Barb and the family
— Nancy (Birkenbach) Wilson-Brabb
Barb and family, our thoughts and prayers be with you all. It has been to our extreme benefit to have known Norm and to witness his love and service to everyone. We were fortunate to sit next to you both at Mass each Sunday and witness Norm's love of God, you and all of the community of Holy Family Church.
— Tom and Karen Arnold
As I look back to this past July, are our class reunion, and my conservation with Norm, I remember how great he looked, and we made a promise to be sure to meet again in 5 years. I remember Norm as a quite and genital man, and considered him as a friend, who will now be sorely missed. Both my wife, Natalia, and I offer our prayers to you at this time of your great loss. Rest in peace, Norm.
— Neil and Natalia Morrison
Sending our condolences to you Barb and family. We are thankful for all Norm did in serving our community, church, and school. Sending you all our love and prayers.
— Jim & Michelle Bacarella
We are so sorry to hear about your loss our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow.
— Melody Call and The Call Family
We express or sympathy to the family. Norm was a beloved part of our community. May he rest in peace.
— John and Laura Miknyocki
I did not know Norm, but as a fellow firefighter and community servant, Godspeed Norm.
Thank you for all of your service.
— Bryan - HFD
Barb and Family,

Mike & I are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your strength and comfort in the coming days. Norm will be dearly missed.
— Mike & Debbie Welsch
Barb and family, We are so saddened to learn of Norm's passing. You guys have always been wonderful and helpful, especially when needed by me and my family. Remember all the wonderful things Norm has done and the bright light he left in this world with all of his kindness and sincerity. Rest assured is is watching over you.
— Marsha and Rich Hummel
I am a longtime supporter of firefighters and I want to say to Norm's family and friends that I'm sorry that he died. Thanks for your service, Sir!
— David Tate, III
My thoughts and prayers go out to Norm's family, friends, and his Brothers at the East Tawas Fire Department. I had the privilege of working with Norm in the fire service. What a great man.

Thank you for your kind words, dedication, professionalism.
— Michael Taylor (Retired Firefighter)
Prayers goin out for Barb an family. Sorry for your loss. God is with you during this time. Praying for co.fort, strength, an guidence.
— Eileen Castonguay-Kindell
Thoughts and Prayers for Norm's family. Norm was a treasure to the entire Tawas Community and to everyone who knew him. May God grant him eternal rest and may we always remember his service to our country and his community.
— Tom Macmurray
Barb and family, we are so sorry to hear about Norm's passing. He was just such a wonderful human being and Fred and I both loved to chat with you and Norm when we were got the chance. Prayers and hugs to you and your whole family.
— Fred and Kim Landon
We are truly sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. He will surely be missed by all. May God rape his arms around you Barb and your Family with Love and Blessings🙏❤️🙏
— Ralph and Sharon Zimmermann
Barb and family, My prayers are with you. I will miss his smiling face when going to church.
— Edith Blust
Thoughts and prayer go out to you and your family Barb.
Gods Blessings to all.
— Hope Shawhan (Lila and Kenny WOJAHN’s sister)
There are not enough words to express what a great loss to family....friends and community....Prayers and love to the family
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
Barb and family...I am sad to hear of Norm's passing. He always was so kind and greeted me with a big smile as he did to so many. Norm will be missed! God bless you all...and sincere condolences!
— Deana McKenzie
Our prayers for all the family and friends with this sudden loss of this wonderful man. May you feel some peace with God's tender love in the days and weeks ahead.
— Peter and Trisha Ward
Condolences, thoughts and prayer from the Moore family, may God bless all of the family and friends in these hard times. On behalf of James Twp. Fire Department, thank you for the many years of service to your community!

Shaun K. Moore (Firefighter-James Twp. F.D.)
— Shaun K. Moore
I'm sorry to hear about Norms passing my prayers go out to Barb and her family . God's blessing to you all
— Charles Bubnes
Barb, Dave and Denny. We are saddened by the loss of a great family man and community servant. We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with your entire family. He will be sorely missed by the entire Tawas community.
— Dick Look
Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. I know the Holy Spirit will guide you through this difficult time. We are so blessed to have our Faith.
— Linda Hicks
"Rest easy, sleep well my Brother,
Know the line has held, your job is done,
Rest easy, sleep well,
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held,
Peace, peace, and farewell..."
— EMS LT Peter “Doc” Wight (retired)
Barb, a family friend sent me this notice. I remember Norm from the family reunions back when Aunt Grace was still alive. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. - Caryn Bilinski (Pageau) Margret Speck granddaughter
— Caryn Bilinski
It was a privilege to know Norm and witness his love, kindness and dedication to his family and community. He was a true example of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and first responder.
— Karen Blair

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