In Loving

Noreen Ann Mercure

May 20, 1935 – December 1, 2022

Noreen Mercure joined God’s angels on Thursday, December 1, 2022, following a two-year struggle with ALS.   She was born May 20, 1935, in Garden City, Michigan, and met the love of her life, Jerry Mercure,  as a teenager there.   She’ll forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, a friendly neighbor, and a quilter extraordinaire.

Noreen, also known as Grandma Noni, maintained a vast network of friends and relatives from Michigan to Kentucky to Colorado and Florida.  She loved her friends and she was known for a competitive streak that served her well through her love for tennis, Mah jong, cards, puzzles and not to mention “winning” at Sequence.

She had a beautiful voice and she passed on her love of music to her children and grandchildren and that musical talent lives on through them.

She is predeceased by her husband and high school sweetheart, Edmund “Jerry” Mercure; her oldest daughter, Dana Pettit (Ralph); her parents, Tony and Catherine Steffes; and her brother, Richard Steffes. She is survived by her four other children, Jerry Mercure Jr. (Lavonne);  Lisa Mercure; Lynne Jordan (Danny); and Kim Tiller (Butch), and six grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Bette Ciesielski, of Gainesville, FL, and a brother, Daniel Steffes (Gloria) of Lakeland, Ml.

The Mercure family is especially thankful for the care and guidance received by James River Hospice and her dedicated daily caregivers, Stephanie, Jocelyn, Jennifer, Teresa, Kathy, Shaunte, Gail, Austin, Anita, Melissa, and Sue. We appreciate the love and respect that you gave to Mom.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at  Affinity Funeral Service,  2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA  23294.  (804) 477-3136. A short visitation will follow.

Celebration of Life


Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel


Saturday, December 10, 2022


4:00 PM

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  1. Sue Rogers Tagmyer December 2, 2022 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    The Rogers Girls Loved Noreen! She was such a fun loving great friend to our Mom & we soooo enjoyed being with her & Jerry!
    My Mom use to call Noreen” this is my special young Girlfriend!” When I was with Noreen I wanted to Hug her all the time. Gosh I loved her fun loving positive spirit and her humility. She sure Loved her wonderful family. Hugs to all of you. I am soo sorry & know that we will pray for your healing and peace. Bless her Heart! Bless all of your hearts.

  2. Jennifer Kelsey-Backus December 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I felt, and still feel, so privileged to have been one of the caregivers for Noreen. So many special memories from sharing our love of tennis, watching and helping her skillfully finish one of her beautiful quilts, to trying my best to beat her at Sequence and sometimes laboring over finding that most important jigsaw puzzle piece. I would listen to stories that touched my heart about raising her beautiful family and meeting the love of her life, Jerry. I loved each visit I had with her because I always came away feeling uplifted. Her warm smile, funny sense of humor and positive spirit also touched my heart in ways that I will always remember and treasure.

  3. Jo and Bill Barron December 6, 2022 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Words cannot contain all that could be said about this very special lady. Almost 20 years my mom’s junior (Jean Rogers), they were the dearest of friends. Noreen’s now deceased husband was very close to our dad Jim Rogers, as well. They were household names to us 7 daughters and whenever we all got together, there was love, laughter and music. Noreen cast a light of sunshine wherever she went (as did her hubby). And it flowed into and through their children. We were the beneficiaries of all of that. My husband Bill, also. He enjoyed the Mercures as much as we all did. Now to you remaining 4 children, thank you for sharing your parents with the Rogers’ family. We are better people for it. Much love to you all and we are praying for each of you as you transition into life without your precious mama. God gave you many years with her though and we thank Him for that and for all the great memories we had with her. God bless you all.

  4. Karin December 8, 2022 at 9:36 am - Reply

    As a young teen, I spent many, many days and nights with the Mercure family. Mrs M was the center, the glue of the family.
    She was always welcoming and kind to me. She had a gorgeous smile and infectious laugh (that I still see and hear in her daughters).
    I ate many meals with the family, one of my favorites was weekend morning brunch, with warm pecan syrup for waffles. SO fancy!
    I absolutely cherish how she made me feel like a little piece of her family. Thank you with all my heart Mrs M.

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