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Feb. 8, 1933 – March 24, 2014

Norma C. Pericozzi, a ceramics shop owner and ceramics instructor, died unexpectedly March 24 in her Clarence home. She was 81.

Born Norma Pilarski in Buffalo, she attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and worked at Curtiss-Wright, where she met her husband, Joseph. They were wed in 1953.

A mother of nine, after she raised her family, her interest in ceramics was inspired by a sister-in-law. Beginning in her basement as a hobby, she and her husband established a shop, Sergio Ceramics on Harlem Road in Snyder, in the late 1970s, and later moved to Main Street in Clarence.

Known as Mr. and Mrs. P., they also taught ceramics to hundreds of Clarence elementary school students in after-school programs. She continued teaching youngsters until January.

Her husband died in 2009.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph, John, Matt and Sergio; five daughters, Denise Fohl, Terri Locher, Annette Ryerson, Paula Knutson and Monica Mercer; a sister, Mary Ann Grzebielucha; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.