Hanni Martha Pilz Norris
  • 95 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 12, 1920
  • Place of birth:
    Zschorlau, Saxony, Germany
  • Date of passing: Feb 15, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Escondido, California, United States
"Her children rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28

This memorial website was created in memory of our Mother, Hanni Pilz Norris, 95, born on March 12, 1920 and passed away on February 15, 2016 (one month shy of her 96th birthday).

Along with her family, she emmigrated to the United States through Ellis Island, arriving in Los Angeles, CA the day before her 10th birthday. (March 1930). Along with her siblings, she was enrolled in Custer Avenue School where they began studying in English. One memory she shared recently was of singing Christmas carols in the corridors of the school--Fa La La La La.

In 1935 the family moved to the Bay Area where, in 1938, she graduated as one of the Valedictorians at Oakland Technical High School.  Her HS Year book shows Life C.S.F., Gold T, 3rd year Privileged Student, Honor Roll Social Studies, Secretary Chemistry Club, German Club, International Club.

In about 1940 Hanni and her brother "Hal" temporarily took over operation of the family grocery store while their parents made a trip to visit family back in Germany.

She and Neil Norris were married in the Methodist Church in Oakland in December 1943.  Following the birth of their first daughter, they moved to Valley Center, CA where her parents had purchased a grocery store.  The store carried groceries and hardware, was equipped with 3 gas pumps out front, an ice house in the rear, a butcher counter, mail boxes and a lending library.  Neil started and operated Norris Feed and Supply from a quonset building next door with Hanni as his bookkeeper.  Together they raised five daughters: Ruth Norris Abbott, Katherine Norris Jones (Duane), Mary Lou Norris, Judy Norris Harmon (Randall), and Virginia Norris Schlect (Les).

With family members, she was a founding member of Grace Trinity Church in Valley Center and maintained a life-long interest in that organization through its restructuring to Valley Baptist Church of Valley Center.  In later years she joined Grace Lutheran Church in Escondido.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter E. Pilz (in 1953) and Martha A. Pilz (in 1985); and by her sister Helene S. Pilz (in 2013). Her brother H. Helmut Pilz (Marianne) survives her.
She was also predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Neil Norris. She is survived by her five daughters; by a grandson, David Jones (Kristin) and a granddaughter, Deborah Jones Dunlevy (Nate) and five great grandchildren of whom she was very proud. 

Her favorite hymn:  Oh That Will Be Glory For Me.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ruth Abbott on 12th March 2017

"Fleur Elise! Nice song...Today it should be Happy Birthday to You..#97. Wow!! Hard to believe another entire 12 months have passed and it's spring time again. The wild Lilac is blooming right now--very intense color this year. Beautiful. I know you are enjoying it.
Last weekend Mary Lou and I were at the Oceanside Harbor condo with Kathy...and, of course, we thought a great deal about happy times shared there as a family. Today my grands and greats from AZ will arrive and we have TWO units at Oceanside Pier. Looking forward to the beach time with them as well.
Last year as my girlies were checking in for their spring break in Oceanside Mary Lou and I were leaving on our road trip. Amazingly it turned out to be almost 7,000 miles and reached coast to coast. Such a wonderful healing time. We saw spring in Oklahoma and in the Ozarks and in the Smokey Mountains. You would have LOVED all the blooming trees.. and spring has come early there this year so the Red Bud trees and Daffodils are already blooming.
We also got to spend time with Jan & Mike Brown...and I had find days snuggling with Brantley. He's already has his first birthday!!! ...and is anticipating the arrival of a baby sister in July who is to be named for me. I'm so honored.
We're all doing well...taking care of one another as you would want. Love and miss you...and Daddy, too... but grateful you are together."

This tribute was added by Ruth Abbott on 12th March 2016

"Good morning, Mom. Happy 96th Birthday. Know you are celebrating today...not only your birthday, but a family reunion. Now that Hal has joined you, the whole family is together again. We are going to attend a celebraton of his life next month.  I'm looking at the photo from your 95th birthday and trying to believe it was taken only 12 months ago.  What a LOT of life has happened since. You were so happy that Hal was able to come to your house that day with Herb and Marianne... and all your girls were there.
Last night Mary Lou and i checked into the condo at the O'side Harbor where our family spent your 89th birthday. There are many wonderful memories of family dinners and of walks on the beach, and my favorite photo of you--in the bright pink teeshirt holding a Bird of Paradise--was taken on that day.
Yesterday morning I noticed that my roses are returning from their hybernation with a plethora of buds. There will again be wonderful bouquets to share and I'll remember how much you enjoyed their colors and fragrance. At this season our French lilac is blooming, and your beautiful Camelias... but I'm sure heaven has gardens for you to enjoy that exceed even wildest imagination.  Not only that, but you are no longer limited in what you can you can enjoy the beauty. And you can hear...the birds songs (not just the raucus crows) as well as joining in to walk (probably even skip!) without difficulty.  
We're doing well...taking care of one another. It goes without saying that we miss a thousand ways...but confident that you are now healthy and happy. Sending you my love~  Ruthi"

This tribute was added by Marge Thomas on 25th February 2016

"Ruthi, I'm sorry to hear about the home-going of your Mom.  I know it is a  celebration - because she is enjoying the gifts and home promised by our wonderful Lord.  She is with Helene.  Your Mom always send me cards which I have kept.  Love, Marge Thomas Aylor"

This tribute was added by Patty Davis on 20th February 2016

"I send my deepest sympathy to you, Ruth, and all of the family, as well. Your family has such a wonderful and deep faith in our Lord, and I know He will provide much comfort in these difficult days. Love, Patty Davis"

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Lucas on 17th February 2016

"To the family,
   Though I don't know you personally, please accept my deepest condolences. When I have lost loved ones I have found great comfort in knowing that there is a hope for the future. God provides us with the promise at Acts 24:15-" there is going to be a resurrection." Yes God is capable of restoring life back to those who have past away in death. The bible tells us this will happen soon.
  We can have faith that this will happen because " with God all things are possible.". ( Matthew 19:26)
  Please visit for more or feel free to email me with any questions."

This tribute was added by Ruth Abbott on 17th February 2016

"Unser tief empfundenes Beileid, übermitteln ganz herzlich
Annelie & Christian"

This tribute was added by Peggy Chrisman on 16th February 2016

"My thoughts and prayers are with all the family."

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