Rev. Norman W.
Age 88, Reverend Norman W. Lascher peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Born and raised in Beechview, PA, by Phillip and Bess Lascher: “Stormin Norman” enjoyed playing baseball with his brother Don and was known as the jokester of the neighborhood. Norm graduated from South Hills High School then enlisted into the US NAVY at 19. He then served for 4 years traveling the world (13 countries) on the USS Tom Green County Naval Ship where he always boasted “that was the best 4-year trip Uncle Sam could give me!”. He truly loved his country and felt it was an honor to serve during the Korean War.
Returning home from duty, he met his “million-dollar baby” at the Five-in-Dime store in Beechview. He retold this story often to his family, never changing the details. 63 years later, that simple chance of fate produced a fruitful, faithful, fun, and loving marriage.
A devoted husband to Patricia (McGinley) Lascher since May 9th 1959, they settled down and created a family in Baldwin, PA. Over the course of their marriage, Norman became the proud father to Lynda (Mike) Bakalon and the late Kathy Ann (Joseph) Kittiko. He loved being a family man and spoiling his little girls every Saturday night with dinner and shopping.
In 1968 the Spirit of God called upon Norman and he decided to become a servant of the Lord. Shortly after, he enrolled in bible college and eventually attained the title of “Pastor Lascher” at Glassport Assembly of God. He faithfully served the community of Glassport, PA for 20 years becoming a mentor, friend, and lifelong father figure to countless families. Retiring from Glassport in 1998, he became the lead pastor at Scott Kane Nursing Facility for over a decade where he would bring the love of God to the sick and elderly. He truly loved the ministry and serving the Lord. Pastor Lascher guided the next generation to carry the Word of God and sowed good seeds in those he influenced.
Although he was constantly on the go, Norm always made the effort to be the best “Pappy” to his 3 grandchildren Patti (Tim) Brodrick, Katie Jo Kittiko (Bradley Buchheit), and Michael Aaron Roman. There was never a lack of laughter, love or jokes when their Pap was around. Every basketball, volleyball, musical or concert, Norm was always their #1 fan, cheering his grandkids on.
Upon the later years in life, Norman was able to enjoy his 2 “gorgeous” great-granddaughters: Paige and Quinn Brodrick. They loved their Zaydee and the nicknames he created for each of them. He felt blessed to see his legacy grow and be apart of it.
He was the admired father-in-law to Joseph Kittiko, Jr., Edward Roman, and Mike Bakalon who loved him as their own father; instilling core family values and being a mentor to each of them.
Norman was the brother of Betty Jean Mervis, Marcia (Tony) Garland, and the late Donald P. (Theresa) Lascher. The four siblings had a deep love for each other and would reminisce constantly about the good old times growing up.
He will be deeply missed by his family, relatives, including many nieces and nephews, devoted friends, neighbors, and caretakers from The Residence of Whitehall … “His presence simply filled the room!”
Norman truly touched everyone he met. He was one of a kind, a rare gem and will never be forgotten.
If able, please come to celebrate Norman at burial service with full military honors, THURSDAY, January 26, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. 1158 Morgan Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers you can donate in Norman’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude’s Children Research. https://www.alz.org or https://www.stjude.org
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Alzheimer's Association, Pittsburgh Office
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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