Norma Sullivan Ditz



Norma Sullivan Ditz, 99, of Fredericksburg passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen Sullivan (George Fish) and J. Michael Sullivan; three step-children, Ann Flugge (Perry), Edward Ditz lll (Martha) and Robert Ditz (Linda); sister Marcella McGuire; granddaughter Elizabeth Fish; four step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Edmund R. Sullivan Jr. and Edward L. Ditz Jr.

Norma was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, one of five children. She attended business school in Chicago where she met her first husband while she worked as an executive secretary at Carson Pirie Scott and Company. They married in 1940, her husband enlisted in the Army and they began their series of moves and travels that lasted the duration of their marriage. Their residences included Sendai, Japan, Sonthofen and Heidelberg, Germany, and several places throughout the United States.

Widowed unexpectedly at age 44 with a 13 and 10 year old, Norma brushed up on her secretarial skills and returned to work at St. Anthony’s School in Falls Church, Marymount University in Arlington and NBC offices in Washington, D.C. Norma married again in 1969, inheriting three step-children. Together she and her husband raised five teenagers. They were married for 47 years, spending their final years in Fredericksburg.

Norma’s favorite hobbies were playing bridge and walking two miles daily, which she began at age 50. A devout Catholic, she was a member of the secular Franciscans, the Legion of Mary and a founder and president of the Magdalene’s, a grief support group, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 19 at St. Mary Catholic Church. A short reception will follow. A private burial service will take place in Northern Virginia after the reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loisann’s Hope House, 902 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 or to Birthright, 2006 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 202, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.