Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Wanda L. (Norwood) (Zimnowski) Bridges

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 6th, at 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. in the Wrisley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steven Wilco officiating.

SOUTH DEERFIELD - Wanda L. (Norwood) (Zimnowski) Bridges, 91, of South Deerfield, died in Sunderland, November 27, 2014 after a brief struggle with brain cancer.


Born in Biddeford, Maine, February 28, 1923, Wanda was the second oldest of nine children, born to Martha Jo (Emmons) and Ralph C. Norwood. The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Wanda spent much of her youth residing at Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.
She graduated in 1942 from Hingham High School and, at one time worked as a ""Rosie the Riveter"" at Quincy Shipyard, Quincy, MA.


Wanda, known as ""Mrs. Ski,"" was an assistant librarian at Greenfield Middle School for 21 years, retiring in 1990. Always a grateful optimist, she was rarely without a smile and a kind word of encouragement. She was dedicated to her family and enjoyed sewing, the ocean, travel and the Red Sox.


She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Richard Bridges of South Deerfield; sisters Georgia Emerson and Lila Fay Achor, both of Boothbay Harbor, ME; daughters Carol Griss of Sunderland and Pamela Krause (husband Bill) of Henniker, N.H.; grandsons Phil Dickinson (wife Melissa) and Justin Dickinson (wife Sharon) of NC; three great-grandsons of NC; step-daughter Dayle Best (husband Gary) of South Deerfield; four step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. She was also ""Auntie Wanda"" to many, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward E. Zimnowski in 1960; stepson Rich Bridges; son-in-law J.D. Griss; five brothers, Bruce, Gail, Ralph II, Bobby and Dexter; one sister, Priscilla Reece and several nieces and nephews.


Calling hours will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. in the Wrisley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steven Wilco officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to friends of Boston Harbor Islands, Inc., 30 Shipyard Drive, # 202, Hingham , Mass. 02043 (www.fbhi.org) or to Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060 (www.vnaandhospice.org).


Expressions of Sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.