Devout Lutheran Visited the Sick Each Sunday

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The Biblical admonition "be not slow to visit the sick" was one of the cornerstones of Norma Davis' commitment to her Christian faith.

As members of the visitation committee of the former First Lutheran Church of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Davis and her husband, Herbert, would spend Sunday afternoons after services visiting members of the congregation in hospitals, nursing homes or senior residences.

Norma B. Davis of Shaler, formerly of Millvale, died on Sunday, Jan. 8. 2012, at Concordia, Rebecca Residence, West Deer. She was 90.

"They never missed a Sunday," said Mrs. Davis' daughter, Karen Stauffer of Shaler. "And even though they were out for most of the afternoon, my mother would return to make dinner so we could have dinner together."

Stauffer said her mother's adherence to her faith was due to being raised in a devout Lutheran home and family that produced four Lutheran pastors with congregations in the United States and Canada.

"As kids, we were taught that God came first and everything else came after," Stauffer said. "We also believed that we were put here on Earth for a reason. My reason was to take care of my ailing mother in the years after my father died."

Mrs. Davis, one of 10 children of August and Clara Sallach, dropped out of grade school during the Depression to help her parents.

"My mother attended a beauty academy located in Etna and, prior to marrying Dad and raising a family, she also worked in a beauty shop in Etna," her daughter said. …