Norma Lee McMullen Sczepanski passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at the age of 96. She was born April 7th, 1925 to Howard D. and Harriet I. McMullen. After graduating from Midland High School she started working at A.S. Arbury and Sons Insurance where she eventually became Office Manager. She married George A. Bruner, who was in dry cleaning, was an Exalted Ruler of the Midland Elks Club and a 3rd degree Mason. Norma Lee volunteered in several departments at the Midland Hospital. She was invited by Michigan State University to teach insurance classes for 2 weeks, 4 times a year under their Continuing Education Program which she enjoyed very much. Her husband, George, was offered a position as a Traveling Salesman by a large dry cleaning chemical company in the Farmington area and he accepted. She really enjoyed working for Ned and Steve Arbury and was sad to leave after 16 years. After moving to Farmington, she accepted a position as an Administrative Assistant to the Divisional Manager of Scott Paper Company.
After 21 years of marriage, she filed for divorce and moved back to Midland and was offered an Administrative Assistant position with Dow Chemical. She met and married Floyd Sczepanski who was a Refrigeration Specialist at Dow. They were married two years. She worked a total of 19 years at Dow and retired at the age of 60. Norma Lee bought a home on Wixom Lake in Gladwin County and moved there. Being an avid golfer, she joined the Gladwin Country Club, was on a league and played golf with a friend several days a week. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi. She joined the Mid-Michigan Health-Gladwin Auxiliary and eventually became Treasurer and President. While with the Auxiliary, Norma Lee was Chairman of their annual state wide Doe Day Golf Tournament that was held at the Gladwin Country Club for 10 years. Norma Lee also chaired their Annual Style Show and 40 Table Flea Market for ten years. She was named Gladwin County Senior Citizen of the Year. Norma Lee was a Trustee on the Billings Township Board in Gladwin County and also served on the Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gladwin Board, the Gladwin United Way Board, the Gladwin Red Cross Board, the Mid-Michigan Health Corporate Board, the Mid-Michigan Visiting Nurse Association Board, and the Mid-Michigan-Midland Hospice Board.
She moved back to midland and volunteered at the Trailside Senior Center under the Senior Prescription Assistance Program where she was named Volunteer of the Month. Norma Lee really enjoyed the many family parties hosted by her sister, Norita, and the wonderful luncheons she shared with a special group of her coworkers from Dow. She always had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She had very special memories of the many winters she and her dear companion, Harold, spent in Tucson, AZ and subsequently in Florida. She loved dining out and the many get togethers with a special group of friends. Then along came Covid-19 and the quarantine and, like everyone else, she was forced to give up her many activities. Fortunately she was blessed with a long and happy life. She was predeceased by her parents, Howard D. and Harriet I. McMullen Sr.; siblings, Norita Nowak, Howard D. (Rita) McMullen Jr., Joan Reynolds and Pauline (Tony) Ballerini.
She enjoyed good friends, dancing, golfing, bowling, traveling, reading, and most of all her family. She is survived by her brother, James (Joyce) McMullen; 20 wonderful nieces and nephews; and very dear companion, Harold Wilbur Havens of Hope.
At Norma Lee’s request, she will be cremated and her wish is that her family and friends reflect on the wonderful memories shared together. Donations are suggested to the Midland Food Pantry. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Miller Funeral Home. Personal messages of condolence may be offered to the family at www.wilson-miller.com.
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