Name: Norman John Rice
Born: November 11, 1936
Died: August 2, 2018 (81)
SMC Member: August 22, 2017 (1)
Norman was student council president, in the marching band and part of the football and hockey teams at St. Mary’s Academy, Assumption High School and Assumption College. In 1961, he graduated from Detroit College of Law with a juris doctor degree and received his commission into the U.S. Air Force as a JAG officer. In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Clementine Hinsperger, and with 56 years together they have had countless adventures.
Norman served as a JAG officer 26 years, retiring as a colonel with dozens of citations and services awards. The adventures of Clementine and Norman included living In Japan and Asia (during the Vietnam War) and all over the United States, including Utah, Virginia, Texas and finally settling in Michigan. During those years, they had three children whom they raised in Grosse Pointe.
He was happiest being with his children and five grandchildren. Always up for an adventure, and with a little coaxing from Clementine, Norman lived life to the fullest (at 80 years old they went ziplining), even during his last years battling cancer. Norman stayed close to his Catholic roots his entire life, serving on church boards, as a Eucharistic minister and greeter at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus more than 25 years, the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and Witenagemote, which he joined in 1978. Norman was known for being kind and respectful toward others; as a gentle soul who enjoyed helping others and for his wit and sense of humor.
Norman is survived by his loving wife, Clementine Rice; children, Valerie Fitzsimons, Ann-Margaret Roth (David) and Norman John Rice III (Margaret Ann) and grandchildren, Patrick Fitzsimons, Norman Rice IV, Maria Roth, Mary Catherine Fitzsimons and Maggie Rice.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins 11:30 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul Educational Trust, call (313) 885-3430, or The Lake House at milakehouse.org