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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
Fax: (540) 862-5723
Norman Aberle

Norman Aberle

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Norman Charles Aberle, 71, of Clifton Forge, Virginia died May 4, 2020 at Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital following a long illness. He was born in Los Angeles, California to William D. and Evelyn M. Aberle. A life-long artist, Norm started taking formal instruction in oil painting at the age of six. He graduated from Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT. His first large mural still hangs in GHS central staircase. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He lived in Hartford, CT, Westerly, RI, and Key West, FL before moving to Clifton Forge. He enjoyed living in the mountains, but he loved the sea and sailing.
He was employed in graphic design; illustration; book design; owned a garden design and property maintenance business in Key West and was curator of the group of museums of the Key West Art and History Society. Creating murals, exhibit designs and installations focusing on the interpretation of local art and history became a passion for Norman and it was reflected in his curation of shows at KWAHS from “Henry Flagler’s Railroad” to “Mario Sanchez”. Norman regularly exhibited at two galleries in Key West. His paintings are in collections in the US and Europe. In retirement, Norman moved to Virginia and taught painting and drawing classes at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts.
Norman was predeceased by his parents. He leaves four siblings, William M. (Delina) of Wilson, NC; Judith A. (Stephen) of Covington, VA; Bruce A. (Pamela) of Marion, MA; and Nancy D. (Ginger) of Zurich, Switzerland. He also leaves three nephews and three nieces. Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements. Due to the current conditions, there is no observance planned. The family suggests that contributions in Norman’s memory be made to the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, P.O. Box 406, Clifton Forge, VA 24426.
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David Smith

Posted at 12:27pm
I am sorry to hear of Norman's passing. Although we went out separate ways after high school, I remember our years at Glastonbury High School together fondly.

Ricki Aiello

Posted at 05:51pm
My sympathies at the loss of Norm. A gentle soul; a gifted artist. Ricki Aiello, Class of 1967, GHS.

Nancy Lukacs

Posted at 11:13am
I went through Jr. & Sr. High with Norm. He was very kind and very talented. My condolences to his family.

Donna Hulme

Posted at 08:36am
Hello, my name is Donna Hulme, many years ago when I did interior decoration, I would cross paths with gentle and kind Norman on renovations. I will never forget his supervision of a small group lovingly trimming some special Japanese grass with scissors. I visited him once at his home and had the pleasure of seeing his exquisite bonsai collection. Norman had that incredible attention to detail. When Hurricane Wilma came and destroyed so many of his gardens he turned to the arts and continue to create in meaningful ways. I'm sure he is heaven now, curating the clouds. My condolences.

Rob O'neal

Posted at 04:06pm
hello, my name is rob O'Neal and i've been a photographer at the key west citizen newspaper since 1996. i will always have fond and friendly memories of Norman when he worked at the Custom House in downtown Key West. He was always a joy and pleasure to be around and i'm saddened to hear of this. i know i have more in the archives, but here are a couple photos we made together for the paper. he was always a willing subject!..God Bless Ya, Norman!

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