Norma Stoyenoff

Norma Jeanne (Davis) Stoyenoff

March 26, 1932 August 19, 2020

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Obituary for Norma Jeanne (Davis) Stoyenoff

Norma Jeanne (Davis) Stoyenoff, age 88, of Belleville, Michigan, died Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at the Crystal Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care facility where she had very recently become a resident due to vascular dementia. She loved animals, especially cats, baking, staying home, books, and writing.

Norma was born March 26, 1932, in Wyandotte, Michigan, to parents Leo and Genevieve (Budrysky) Davis. While growing up in the Romulus, Michigan area, she enjoyed her pony, Tag-A-Long; her cat, Sandy; numerous other pets; her playhouse; doing ballet; reading; and writing stories. In late elementary school, she wrote mystery stories in installments, handing them out to her friends chapter by chapter. She had her first piece of published writing (a poem) run in the local newspaper when she was a teenager. She attended boarding school at St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Michigan, and later graduated high school from St. Patrick Catholic school in Wyandotte, with high honors in 1949.

She married Fred Stoyenoff of Dearborn, Michigan, on February 7, 1953, in New Boston, Michigan. In addition to being a homemaker who especially enjoyed regularly producing a wide variety of baked goods and breads, she was also a freelance writer. Beginning her adult writing career with a piece in Woman’s Day magazine, she went on to write many nature quizzes and articles for national children’s magazines, as well as regularly designing adult crossword puzzles. She also wrote fiction extensively for various women’s magazines and had many other non-fiction articles and short stories published in a wide variety of national magazines and some newspapers. She then decided to focus on romance novels because they were fun to write and there was always a happy ending. Her first book, Summer of Fear, was published in 1987 by Avalon Books in their Mystery Romance series. This was followed by four other titles published by Avalon Books, and two additional books which she self-published, the last of these appearing in 2017. She was a member of Romance Writers of America and the Published Authors’ Special Interest Chapter.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Stoyenoff (Ann Arbor, MI); her brother, John “Jack” Davis (Linda LaFrance) (Surfside Beach, SC); her nephew, John Davis (Wolverine Lake, MI); and her great-nieces and great-nephews, Savannah, Marley, Stanley, and Delaney. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Belleville, Michigan. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Belleville.

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    Hillside Cemetery
    46785 Denton Road
    Belleville, Michigan
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Liz Marsh

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Jennifer! She was the sweetest, kindest lady and I remember her love of her cats! You have had an awful month. Please know you continue to my in my thoughts and I am sending you a virtual hug!
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