Karin Marta Norton

Karin Marta Norton, a long time resident of Topeka Kansas, died early Monday morning, August 5th, 2019, at Midland Hospice House of Topeka.  She gracefully and peacefully passed after an aggressive battle with Lung Cancer.   Karin was predeceased by her loving husband, Donald Norton, who passed on September 22, 2011. 

Karin Marta Norton was born Karin Marta Golz, on August 29th, 1940 in Stuttgart Germany to Erika and Erwin Golz. After completing High School, Karin went on to complete trade school to become a Hairdresser. She moved to the United States in 1961 and took up residence in Topeka Kansas, where she  continued her occupation as a hairdresser with passion and pride for over 50 years.  Many of Karin’s customers followed her through the years to wherever her profession took her, because of her detailed, caring, and friendly report she established with each and every customer. 

On December 14th, 1965,  Karin Golz married Donald D. Norton.  Karin and Donald shared the love of dancing, and participated in many events throughout the years enjoying this passion together.  Together they were two of the  organizers of the Topeka German American Club in 1982.  They loved dressing up in traditional German ware at the annual Oktoberfest and Fasching held by the GACT.  Additionally, they both enjoyed dressing up for costume parties, and in fact won many costume contests with their creative and festive costumes.  Karin was an amazing cook, and especially enjoyed cooking traditional German dishes from her birth country of Germany. 

Karin was predeceased by her loving mother and father, Erika and Erwin Golz, as well as her husband, Donald Norton.  Karin will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Erika Bell of Phoenix, AZ, her granddaughter Devon Bell, of Phoenix AZ, her stepchildren, Vikki Royer and Scott Abbott, both of Topeka Kansas, her Aunt Hilde of Stuttgart Germany, as well as many friends and customers.  She will also be remembered by her family by marriage, Madelyn and Gayla (neices), and their children. 

Karin’s wishes were to be cremated with no formal service. 

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  1. i have knowing Karin since 1961. She was my good friend. I got to know her mom and dad, I went to Germany to vised them . Her mom and dad vised my parents in Schweinfurt Germany. I miss calling Karin and going to the casino with her. we had all this years good times.

  2. I met Karin the first day that she and Don moved into the house next door to me in Sioux City, Iowa. Think it was in 1970 or 71. Her mother was there at the time. We became good friends and have remained so even though we were separated by both of us moving to different states. Karin was a wonderful person and I was blessed to call her “my friend”. I will miss her! Monica (Swartz ) Scism

  3. Dear Erika: Lucky , were those of us who “called her our friend”!! If only, from the beauty shop. My heart goes out to the GIRLS that worked with her, the last several years. She could “light up a room”. Keep “remembering” your fun times together. Sorry for your sad heart. Karen Lietz.

  4. I followed Karin when she moved to several salons. She took care of my hair for many years. I will miss her friendly banter and her expertise. My condolences.

  5. I am so sorry for the lost of your mother and grandmother. We enjoyed our evening at the dances where we got to know your mother. What a sweet lady. Friends of your sweet mother. Adell and Harold sage

  6. Dear Erika,
    My deepest sympathy to you at the loss of your Mother. You may not know that Karin and my mother worked together at Pelletier’s for several years. Mom was very fond of Karin. When Dean & I were married in 1962, Karin came to our home and fixed my hair for the ceremony! She was a very kind and talented person. I am so sorry she suffered at the last.
    Lovingly, Betty Sloop Edson

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