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Mother Loistein Norvell

April 27, 1946 - April 30, 2024

Mother Loistein Norvell Obituary

Loistein was a woman of deep faith, enduring love, and an unwavering commitment to her family and community. Born on April 27, 1946, in Lake View, AK to the parents of Laura Willis and Earl Jordan. Loistein grew up in a close-knit family, surrounded by the warmth and support of her parents and siblings. Although her journey was marked by the loss of her parents and many of her siblings, three sisters: Pearline Brown, Ruth Burgess and Ollie Mae Coleman, and four brothers, Alvin Peterson, Lee Oliver Coleman, Bobby Willis, Eric Thomas, and through this, she remained strong and resilient, finding comfort and strength in her faith. Loistein’s life was a testament to the power of family, the strength of community, and the importance of service to others. Her story is not only a reflection of a rich and fulfilling life but also, an inspiration to those who knew her and loved her. Through her roles as a devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, and faithful church member, Loistein touched countless lives, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for generations. This is her story…. Education and Early Faith Loistein, affectionately known as “Lois,” began her education journey at C. V. White Elementary School, where she developed a love for learning and formed lasting friendships. Her teachers and classmates appreciated her inquisitive nature and kind spirit. After completing elementary school, she continued her studies at C.V. White High School, where she excelled academically and was active in various extracurricular activities. Lois’s time in high school laid the foundation for her lifelong commitment to community involvement and service. While at C.V. White High School, Lois was known for her dedication and leadership. She was admired by her peers for her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Beyond academics, Lois’s involvement in school clubs and church activities helped her build a strong sense of community, preparing her for roles she would later embrace in life. As a faithful attendee of Lake View Church of God in Christ in Lake View, AK, Lois found guidance and spiritual support, further enriching her educational experience. A New Beginning in Chicago In 1964, Lois relocated to Chicago, Illinois, seeking new opportunities and a fresh start. Soon after arriving, she joined the congregation at Mt. Eagle M. B. Church where she was welcomed by the community and found spiritual guidance under the leadership of the late Reverend C.J. Rogers. It was during this time, that Lois reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Forrest Norvell Sr., and the two rekindled their bond. Their reunion grew into a deep and lasting love, leading them to marry on June 19, 1965. As they began their life together, Lois joined Forrest at the Helping Hand M. B. Church, where they both served under the guidance of the late Reverend Jospeh Kelly and Reverend J.D. Kelly. Their marriage was built on faith, love, and commitment, and they were soon blessed with three children: Rhonda, Forrest Jr., and Tameka. Lois and Forrest’s life together in Chicago was filled with cherished moments and a growing family. As they raised their children, they also dedicated themselves to their church community, participating in various ministries and church activities. The love they shared and the family they built became the cornerstone of Lois’s journey in Chicago, shaping the legacy she would leave behind.

On April 29, 1979, Reverend Forrest Norvell Sr., was called to lead the congregation at St. Rest M. B. Church. Lois became an active member, supporting her husband’s ministry with dedication and grace. She served diligently, participating in various church programs, and providing a steady presence to those in need. Her role as the pastor’s wife involved a range of responsibility, from organizing church events to offering counsel and support to church members. In December 1998, Lady Lois Norvell and former Moderator Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Miller established the “Pastors and Ministers Wives” on the Sunlight District. This group aimed to bring together women with a common bond, fostering unity and love among them. Lady Norvell was named the President. Throughout her tenure, she led and mentored numerous pastor’s wives, empowering many First Ladies on their journey, preparing ministers’ wives for their roles, and encouraging associate ministers’ wives to support their husbands. During this period, she was lovingly referred to as “Lady Par Excellence.” However, the unexpected loss of her husband on Sunday, October 24, 2004, brought a profound change to Lady Norvell’s life. Despite the sorrow of losing her beloved partner of 39 years, Lady Norvell found strength in her faith, knowing that God was watching over her. She continued to serve at St. Rest M. B. Church under the leadership of Reverend Terrance Keys, maintaining her commitment to the church and community. She later became fondly known as Mother Norvell. From 2013 to 2018, Mother Norvell continued her spiritual journey at The Word Works Church of Chicago, Illinois where she joined the congregation under the leadership of Bishop Jeff Davis. Her faith remained strong as she contributed to the work of the ministry. In 2019, she joined The New St. Matthew M. B. Church of Chicago, Illinois led by Episcopal Vicar Daniel X. Smith, where her dedication to her faith was even more profound. At New St. Matthew Church, Mother Norvell became a valued and active member of the Mothers Board. She was known for her warmth, wisdom, and compassionate spirit, often providing guidance and encouragement to those in need. Family and Legacy She was a guiding light for many, offering prayers, advice, and a listening ear to those who sought her counsel. Mother Norvell’s’ commitment to her faith and her role as a mother of Zion demonstrated her enduring dedication to her spiritual family. It underscored her legacy as a woman of great strength, deep compassion, and steadfast faith. She continued to be a pillar of her church community until she was called from labor to reward on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 8:44 AM. Surrounded by her family at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois. Mother Norvell leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memories and continue her legacy. She is survived by her three children: Rhonda (Pastor Terrance) Keys of Oak Park, Illinois, Forrest Jr. (Special daughter, Latavia) Norvell of Chicago, Illinois and Tameka Norvell of Montgomery, Illinois. Her children were a source of great joy and pride, each contributing to her life in unique ways. Mother Norvell was also blessed with eight grandchildren, who filled her life with laughter and love: Tiffany (Terrence) Smith of Dolton, Illinois; Nakia Norvell of Fayetteville, Georgia, Randell Lillard of Chicago, Illinois, Takyra (Carsie IV) Barnes of South Holland, Illinois, Tamia Thomas of Montgomery Illinois, Terrance Keys II of Oak Park, Illinois, Antione, and Trinity Thomas both of Montgomery, Illinois. Each grandchild held a special place in her heart, and she took great pleasure in watching them grow and thrive. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mother Norvell was the proud great-grandmother of ten greatgrandchildren, Terrence Jr., Ethan, Elaina, Tristian, Legend, Tailynn, Noel, Nyree, Carsie V, and Navada. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of little Carter Zion. One brother, Willie Weaver of Lake View, AK who shared a close bond with her, and a large extended family that includes a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren. These family members and loved ones were deeply connected to Mother Norvell, drawing on her wisdom, guidance, and unwavering love. Mother Norvell’s extended family, friends and New St. Matthew Church community will miss her dearly, but her enduring spirit and legacy will continue to inspire them for the years to come

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Loistein was a woman of deep faith, enduring love, and an unwavering commitment to her family and community. Born on April 27, 1946, in Lake View, AK to the parents of Laura Willis and Earl Jordan. Loistein grew up in a close-knit family, surrounded by the warmth and support of her parents and siblings. Although her journey was marked by the loss of her parents and many of her siblings, three sisters: Pearline Brown, Ruth Burgess and Ollie Mae Coleman, and four brothers, Alvin Peterson, Lee Oliver Coleman, Bobby Willis, Eric Thomas, and through this, she remained strong and resilient, finding comfort and strength in her faith. Loistein’s life was a testament to the power of family, the strength of community, and the importance of service to others. Her story is not only a reflection of a rich and fulfilling life but also, an inspiration to those who knew her and loved her. Through her roles as a devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, and faithful church member, Loistein touched countless lives, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for generations. This is her story…. Education and Early Faith Loistein, affectionately known as “Lois,” began her education journey at C. V. White Elementary School, where she developed a love for learning and formed lasting friendships. Her teachers and classmates appreciated her inquisitive nature and kind spirit. After completing elementary school, she continued her studies at C.V. White High School, where she excelled academically and was active in various extracurricular activities. Lois’s time in high school laid the foundation for her lifelong commitment to community involvement and service. While at C.V. White High School, Lois was known for her dedication and leadership. She was admired by her peers for her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Beyond academics, Lois’s involvement in school clubs and church activities helped her build a strong sense of community, preparing her for roles she would later embrace in life. As a faithful attendee of Lake View Church of God in Christ in Lake View, AK, Lois found guidance and spiritual support, further enriching her educational experience. A New Beginning in Chicago In 1964, Lois relocated to Chicago, Illinois, seeking new opportunities and a fresh start. Soon after arriving, she joined the congregation at Mt. Eagle M. B. Church where she was welcomed by the community and found spiritual guidance under the leadership of the late Reverend C.J. Rogers. It was during this time, that Lois reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Forrest Norvell Sr., and the two rekindled their bond. Their reunion grew into a deep and lasting love, leading them to marry on June 19, 1965. As they began their life together, Lois joined Forrest at the Helping Hand M. B. Church, where they both served under the guidance of the late Reverend Jospeh Kelly and Reverend J.D. Kelly. Their marriage was built on faith, love, and commitment, and they were soon blessed with three children: Rhonda, Forrest Jr., and Tameka. Lois and Forrest’s life together in Chicago was filled with cherished moments and a growing family. As they raised their children, they also dedicated themselves to their church community, participating in various ministries and church activities. The love they shared and the family they built became the cornerstone of Lois’s journey in Chicago, shaping the legacy she would leave behind.

On April 29, 1979, Reverend Forrest Norvell Sr., was called to lead the congregation at St. Rest M. B. Church. Lois became an active member, supporting her husband’s ministry with dedication and grace. She served diligently, participating in various church programs, and providing a steady presence to those in need. Her role as the pastor’s wife involved a range of responsibility, from organizing church events to offering counsel and support to church members. In December 1998, Lady Lois Norvell and former Moderator Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Miller established the “Pastors and Ministers Wives” on the Sunlight District. This group aimed to bring together women with a common bond, fostering unity and love among them. Lady Norvell was named the President. Throughout her tenure, she led and mentored numerous pastor’s wives, empowering many First Ladies on their journey, preparing ministers’ wives for their roles, and encouraging associate ministers’ wives to support their husbands. During this period, she was lovingly referred to as “Lady Par Excellence.” However, the unexpected loss of her husband on Sunday, October 24, 2004, brought a profound change to Lady Norvell’s life. Despite the sorrow of losing her beloved partner of 39 years, Lady Norvell found strength in her faith, knowing that God was watching over her. She continued to serve at St. Rest M. B. Church under the leadership of Reverend Terrance Keys, maintaining her commitment to the church and community. She later became fondly known as Mother Norvell. From 2013 to 2018, Mother Norvell continued her spiritual journey at The Word Works Church of Chicago, Illinois where she joined the congregation under the leadership of Bishop Jeff Davis. Her faith remained strong as she contributed to the work of the ministry. In 2019, she joined The New St. Matthew M. B. Church of Chicago, Illinois led by Episcopal Vicar Daniel X. Smith, where her dedication to her faith was even more profound. At New St. Matthew Church, Mother Norvell became a valued and active member of the Mothers Board. She was known for her warmth, wisdom, and compassionate spirit, often providing guidance and encouragement to those in need. Family and Legacy She was a guiding light for many, offering prayers, advice, and a listening ear to those who sought her counsel. Mother Norvell’s’ commitment to her faith and her role as a mother of Zion demonstrated her enduring dedication to her spiritual family. It underscored her legacy as a woman of great strength, deep compassion, and steadfast faith. She continued to be a pillar of her church community until she was called from labor to reward on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 8:44 AM. Surrounded by her family at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois. Mother Norvell leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memories and continue her legacy. She is survived by her three children: Rhonda (Pastor Terrance) Keys of Oak Park, Illinois, Forrest Jr. (Special daughter, Latavia) Norvell of Chicago, Illinois and Tameka Norvell of Montgomery, Illinois. Her children were a source of great joy and pride, each contributing to her life in unique ways. Mother Norvell was also blessed with eight grandchildren, who filled her life with laughter and love: Tiffany (Terrence) Smith of Dolton, Illinois; Nakia Norvell of Fayetteville, Georgia, Randell Lillard of Chicago, Illinois, Takyra (Carsie IV) Barnes of South Holland, Illinois, Tamia Thomas of Montgomery Illinois, Terrance Keys II of Oak Park, Illinois, Antione, and Trinity Thomas both of Montgomery, Illinois. Each grandchild held a special place in her heart, and she took great pleasure in watching them grow and thrive. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mother Norvell was the proud great-grandmother of ten greatgrandchildren, Terrence Jr., Ethan, Elaina, Tristian, Legend, Tailynn, Noel, Nyree, Carsie V, and Navada. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of little Carter Zion. One brother, Willie Weaver of Lake View, AK who shared a close bond with her, and a large extended family that includes a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren. These family members and loved ones were deeply connected to Mother Norvell, drawing on her wisdom, guidance, and unwavering love. Mother Norvell’s extended family, friends and New St. Matthew Church community will miss her dearly, but her enduring spirit and legacy will continue to inspire them for the years to come

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Mother Loistein Norvell hosted by D.L. Perkins and Sons LLC.

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