ROWS, Norah - Carrying her family's love with her, Norah passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at St. Joseph's Hospice in London. Beloved wife of Donald Rows for 49 years. Loving mother of Erin Rows (Jarrod Osterback) of Middlesex Centre and David Rows of Athens, Georgia. Survived by dear sister Mary Ann Fries of London and predeceased by parents Harold R. Newell and Mary W. Flesher, brother Robert W. Newell and infant brother Robert K. Newell.
“Noni” will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Jamieson, Naomi and Ben Osterback and Jack and Harrison Rows.
Fondly remembered by her in-laws, Audrey Newell, Vernon Rows (Brenda), Marg and Bob Rouse as well as many nieces and nephews along with a large circle of friends and neighbours.
Raised in Watford Ontario, Norah attended Watford District High School and subsequently the University of Western Ontario and Althouse College. Norah had a fulfilling career teaching at Medway High School where she made lifelong friends and impacted many students’ lives as a coach, teacher and guidance counselor. It was in these early days at Medway where she met her future husband, Don. In 1973, they purchased and renovated a farm in Lobo which they made into a loving and happy home for their family. Sometime around 1998, Norah finally adjusted to farm life.
Norah enjoyed numerous creative hobbies that included miniatures, gardening, painting, cooking and antique collecting. There was rarely a Saturday garage sale that she could drive past. Despite always having a project on the go, her biggest priority and enjoyment came from spending time with her family.
A celebration of Norah’s life will be held at a later date, time and location to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, London ON. If desired, memorial donations (payable directly) to the Thames Valley District School Board’s Caring Fund (www.tvdsb.ca/donate) or LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program (www.lhsf.ca) would be appreciated by the family.
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December 7, 2021, 12:00 pm
Norah was a lovely woman. She was at Medway when I started, and was so caring and welcoming. What a gem. I was really sorry to hear of her passing. She will be sorely missed.
December 7, 2021, 1:47 pm
I am so thankful to both Don and Norah for the kindness they extended to me when I arrived to teach in the Medway Science Department. I associate so many wonderful times with the both of you and my heart aches to hear this sad news. Norah was an amazing teacher, guidance counsellor, athletic director, reunion chair, leader, friend and valued member of the Medway community. My deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace. Maureen
Alan & Marion Wood
December 12, 2021, 1:24 pm
The Rows family- prayers of peace and strength as we reflect on the memories of such a beautiful and caring person. Please accept our condolences. Marion, Alan and girls.
December 10, 2021, 9:25 am
Dear Don, Erin, David and family - I was profoundly sorry to read of Norah’s passing. She was truly a lovely , kind and welcoming woman. I had the true pleasure of being warmly included in the warmth and beauty of her and Don’s home on many occasions and witnessed the love and admiration she had for her family and the love her family had for her.
I know Norah will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.
December 10, 2021, 9:35 am
I wanted to write and let Don, Erin and Dave know that I’m thinking of them—and to say what a marvellous impact Norah had on my high school career. Thoughtful, frank, and fun—she really did embody the type of educator I hoped I would encounter when I went to high school. Forever grateful for her contribution to my life—a sentiment I’m sure would be echoed by countless others.
And to Don—Mr Rows—despite me never being a chemistry student of any great esteem, I want you to know that the hours I spent in your classes were some of my happiest in high school. I don’t have a mind for chemistry, but I am a curious guy, and your passion and infectious curiosity is what kept me engaged in your classes. About once a year I pull out my last yearbook to admire our Cinema Society Club photo. Still makes me grin from ear to ear.
All my very best!
Ron & Judy (McGhee) Sherritt
December 10, 2021, 3:16 pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of Norah. Like so many others are saying, Norah was an amazing teacher, mentor and truly wonderful human being. She impacted so many young lives as a teacher and I have tremendous respect for her. My condolences go out to Mr. Rows and his family at this time.
God Speed Norah.
Rita and Brad Moor
December 12, 2021, 5:42 pm
Dear Don and family,
We wish to extend our condolences to you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Peace be with you.
Glenn and Sharleen Phillips
December 12, 2021, 7:23 pm
We were introduced to Norah when our children attended Medway High. Great teacher, coach and she was sincerely interested in the activities of the students and of their concerns. As parents Norah was very approachable. Later after retirement she again offered her help at the Ilderton Agricultural Society. We had fun times at our volunteer positions. Will miss her smiles and her great attitude.
December 9, 2021, 4:23 pm
To Erin, Jarod and family,
So very sorry to learn of the passing of Norah. Always enjoyed meeting her and reminiscing. Wishing you peace and comfort at this sad time and in the days ahead. Always treasure your beautiful memories. From Barb Fleet
December 10, 2021, 10:09 pm
My sincere condolences to Mr. Rose and family. Mrs. Rose had a way of making every kid feel special. She had a big impact in my life as my guidance counsellor by introducing me to the Au Pair program in Paris when I was reluctant to head straight to university. I feel blessed to have known her.
Jo Anne Trudgen
December 11, 2021, 10:25 am
Norah was an amazing, caring Lady! She treated all the students as if they were her own kids! We will never forget her! Rest in Peace!
December 11, 2021, 4:00 pm
Please accept my condolences.
Sadie and Arnold Oldewening
December 11, 2021, 5:50 pm
So saddened by your great loss.
Praying God will give you strength and peace to carry on.
Wendy Van Vliet (Powell)
December 14, 2021, 8:25 am
Norah was truly a mentor in my life at Medway High School. Every time I reflect on my younger days at school she always was the first to come to mind and put a smile on my face. She kept an eye on me and gave me a push to help me make decisions.
Not too long ago we crossed paths again, as I play golf with Mary Ann at Highland and it was great surprise to know that she remembered me as much as I remembered her.
My deepest condolences to the whole family. She will truly be missed but be in our hearts forever.
December 14, 2021, 8:53 am
I was so saddened to hear the news of the passing of Norah. She was my guidance counsellor at Medway and she had such a positive impact on my life. I still remember and reflect on some conversations we had about motivation on a daily basis.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Roger & Tracy Dyer
December 13, 2021, 7:37 pm
We are so sorry to hear of Norah’s passing.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.We will be thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Roger & Tracy & Family.
December 8, 2021, 6:36 pm
Norah was my best friend at Watford High and bridesmaid at my wedding.I have the best memories of her. She gave me the confidence I lacked.Love her forever.My condolences ,Don and family....Marilyn
Deb and Rob Andrews & family
December 9, 2021, 8:26 am
Don and family
We want to send our condolences to all of you in the loss of such a beautiful person, loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and colleague.
Norah has been taken way too soon, but she has surely left her mark on many peoples lives over the years as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and friend.
Norah always had time to listen - no matter where or when you met and she was always interested to hear about what was going in your life now.
She was so proud of her family and loved giving updates on your accomplishments and the addition of her beautiful grandkids. She will be truly missed.
RIP - Norah.💌
Deb and Rob Andrews & family.
December 10, 2021, 10:16 am
Don and family
We are all very sorry to hear about Norah. She will be greatly missed.
Allan, Ann, Brian and Susan Grigg
December 10, 2021, 11:36 am
What fantastic memories I have of “Mrs. Rows”., early memories of parties hosted at our house as well as the homes of other Medway teachers and while I was a student at Medway.
I am really truly sorry for your loss.
J. Dariq Wolsey
December 15, 2021, 8:39 am
I feel for your loss. I have very fond memories of Nora, who I mainly knew and called Mrs Rows, being a a childhood friend of David and staying at the family homestead. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know her and the whole family. And I know that she will be deeply missed. For me, my memories with your family are marked by tragedy of the house fire and how you got through it! And the loss of your dog Bentley, if memory still serves me. It gives me joy and a warm smile to remember her and your family; gone but not forgotten.My heart goes out to you at this time of grief!
J. Dariq Wolsey
December 10, 2021, 1:19 pm
I was so sorry to learn of Norah’s passing. She was one of my favourite colleagues at Medway during the 70’s and 80’s. Always fun to be around. An admired teacher and coach to so many. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
December 13, 2021, 1:36 pm
My heartfelt condolences to Don, Erin and David and the Rows/Newell family.
Norah (Miss Newell in those days) was my 9th grade geography teacher at Medway. While that was to be the only class I was to ever have with her as a teacher, we grew to have a great deal of respect for each other, particularly around women’s sports at Medway over the years.
Whenever I would meet her in later years, she would always greet me warmly and we would chat about almost anything (the country girl thing in both of us).
You were a very special lady Norah and you touched many many of your students over the years, including this one.
May you rest in peace.
Ross & Marie Columbus
December 8, 2021, 5:33 pm
We were saddened to hear of Norah’s passing. Our condolences to Don and the family.
Ross & Marie Columbus
Joan Loft and family
December 10, 2021, 8:52 am
So sorry to hear about Norah. I remember ALL the fun times that Lofty and I shared with Don and Norah…the MANY MANY Happy Hours, the parties, the dinners, etc.
Norah will be missed by everyone, especially her family. Please accept my condolences. It has been a very tough couple of years for all.
Norah, Don, and family are in my thoughts.
Terri (Panth) Burns
December 10, 2021, 9:11 am
My sincerest condolences to the Rows family. Mrs. Rows had a great influence on me during the periods of time that I was a student at Medway. She helped me to navigate through a significant battle with depression and gave me so much support. I always knew I could find a safe place with Mrs. Rows. As an adult and mother, I would often run into her at Sherwood Forest Mall and it was always so nice to catch up with her and to thank her for her kindness. My thoughts are with you all at this time.