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Honoring Norma Jean Gerst, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s retired Board Member


St. Louis, MO – March 27, 2019 – With a heavy heart, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announces the passing of longtime G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM champion, Norma Jean Gerst. She died on March 19, 2019 at the age of 84. 

As early as 1979, Norma Jean was making a difference in the lives of eastern Missouri Girl Scouts, empowering young women to not only dream big but to boldly take action. Initially a Girl Scout troop leader for her four daughters, Norma Jean eventually went on to embrace a number of leadership roles within the organization including serving on Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s board of directors. Norma Jean was recognized for her philanthropic spirit with eight Girl Scout awards including the Thanks Badge and the Thanks Badge II – an award honoring a recipient who provided exemplary service resulting in a measurable impact benefitting the Girl Scout Movement.

“Dedicated to building a brighter future for her daughters and community, Norma Jean was a passionate advocate for Girl Scouting in our region,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO at Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “This remarkable woman was a visionary, she was never afraid to try something off the beaten path and was instrumental in spearheading a number of significant Girl Scout events in St. Louis County. Her contributions to our eastern Missouri Girl Scouts will never be forgotten.”

A visitation was held on Sunday, March 24 at Collier’s Funeral Home. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri extends its condolences to her husband, Joseph, and her five children, Diane, Pamela, Patricia, Joseph and Karen and the rest of Norma Jean’s family.