Norma Beversdorf-Rezits died at home on Saturday, May 9, of a brief illness related to a very fast progression of Alzheimer's. She was a wise woman of 95 years, and will be greatly missed by many.
Norma Beversdorf-Rezits has been a member of the Bloomington community for over 70 years. Born in San Antonio, Texas, she and her husband, S. Thomas Beversdorf, moved to Bloomington in 1949, when Tom joined the music faculty at Indiana University.
She is preceded in death by her parents, N.W. and Winnie Beeson, her third daughter, Sarah Katherine Beversdorf, her husband and father of her children, S. Thomas Beversdorf and her beloved second husband, Joseph Murray Rezits.
Norma is survived by her children, Anne Beversdorf, Paula Beversdorf Gabbard, Krin Gabbard, Tom Beversdorf, David Beversdorf and Shelley Beversdorf, by her grandchildren, William, Amelia and Catherine Beversdorf, and by Joseph's children, David and Daniel Rezits.
There will be a virtual funeral service at 4:00 PM on Wednesday via Zoom. For Wednesday's virtual funeral info, contact The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard at 812-333-4400. There will be login information and instructions added below as soon as it is available.
Norma was a classical pianist, receiving her degree in music from The University of Texas, Austin in 1940. She taught music to preschoolers and taught piano for many years, and later (1970's) earned a masters in Special Education from Indiana University, teaching for several years. Almost no one realized she was a poet-a brilliant one--her entire life, as she kept her work secret, stating that it could be seen after she died. A book of her selected poems will be available in June on Amazon at cost. She spent the last 14 years of her life at Meadowood and, briefly at Jill's House. She was deeply loved by all who knew her, and both loved and profoundly appreciated by her family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Thomas Beversdorf Memorial Scholarship Fund at Indiana University (Gifts can be made by calling 800-558-8311 or by mailing a check (made out to IU Foundation) to: IU Foundation, PO Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460), or to Pilot Dogs of Columbus, Ohio (614-221-6367)
ZOOM LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS
Zoom is an internet program that allows us to see and hear each other. Just follow the instructions below, and you will be able to see and hear Rabbi Besser deliver the service. There will be a few pictures of Mom at the beginning, and one by one, you’ll be able to see and hear those who will say a few words about Norma. You can even volunteer to say a few words yourself (by clicking on the “chat” icon visible when you move the cursor to the bottom of the screen). The tech person will see them and you’ll be called on as time permits.
The service will start at 4 pm EST on Wednesday (tomorrow). You can log in a few minutes ahead of time.
1. Copy this link and paste it in your browser
2. A message will ask you to download the ZOOM application. This will automatically download the Zoom program. Follow any steps it gives you. This should work either on your computer or your smart phone.
3. Then it will ask you for your name.
4. Enter your name and you will be in our ZOOM event. Be sure to click to enter the event if you see a blank screen or just a picture of you.
5. If you can, please keep your audio and video off. Only Rabbi Brian Besser and speakers will have audio/visual turned on, one at a time.
6. In case it asks you, these numbers might be requested:
Meeting ID: 818 9548 8839
7. If you would like to add your thoughts about Norma’s life, click on your Zoom “chat” icon which will be visible when you move your cursor to the bottom of your Zoom screen. Then then type your name in the chat. The tech person will see your name in the chat and Rabbi Besser will call your name in the order entered and as time permits.
There may be glitches, and we are so sorry that we will be unable to help folks who have trouble getting in. I wish we could offer more, but we are in a very strange new world, and we just have to accept this. We will do the best we can.
Reassuringly, very recently, a friend who’d never used Zoom, tested it by just clicking the link before the set time of a planned meeting. Zoom downloaded and told him his meeting hadn’t started yet. You may want to try this so it doesn’t feel so odd. Then when the real service is scheduled you’ll be “in” instead of getting a “meeting not started” note.
Please make yourself comfortable and join us in celebrating Mom’s life. We thank you so much for being part of her life and look forward to sharing memories and celebrations of our wonderful experiences with her over many years.
Much love from the entire Beversdorf/Rezits/Gabbard family.