Norma A. Strong Sage - Friday, August 18, 2017

Ticonderoga. Norma Ann Strong Sage of Ticonderoga, passed away very peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2017, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease Born in Ticonderoga,she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Ruby Strong. Norma's parents owned the Corner Market in Ticonderoga for many years, where Norma was the Manager for over 20 years, during that time. Norma was a lifelong resident of Ticonderoga and was a graduate of Ticonderoga High School. She married Gordon Sage on February 27, 1971 in Granville, NY, with a reception that followed at The Chateau. They spent their honeymoon in Woodstock, Vermont at the Woodstock Inn, which was a favorite place for them to visit for years to come. Norma began dancing at the age of four with the Keaton twins. She dedicated over 50 years to the art of dance, where most summers she would travel to New York City for the annual "Dance Convention". Her dance students were her life, where at the peak of her career, she had over 200 active students enrolled in Acrobat, Jazz, Modern Dance, Ballet and Tap. Norma formed the dance troupe "Magic Shooz", who performed yearly for the Art Potter Scholarship Dinner Show. Norma and Gordon loved traveling. They would spend three weeks most winters in Florida visiting their "Black Point Road friends", whom they met during their 46 summers at their Camp Camelot on Black Point Road. In October of 2001, Norma took her first plane trip and they went to Paris, France, where they spent a week and also a week in London, England, where they stayed with their friends, Dick and Terry Sambrook. Norma was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gordon G. Sage. She is also survived by her nephew, Larry Lyon of Austin, Texas; and many dear friends. She was pre-deceased by her fiance', Richard Moore in 1970. She was also pre-deceased by her brother, Robert Strong. Relatives and friends may call Friday, August 25, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at at the First United Methodist Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev Scott Tyler, Pastor, will officiate. Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum in the Valley View Cemetery of Ticonderoga. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga. To offer online condolences, please visit Donations in Norma's memory may be made to High Peaks Hospice, P.O. Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Gordie,  So sorry to hear of Norma's passing. I have many fond memories of that lovely lady, the ballet lessons in the basement and the trip to NYC. She encouraged me to always "shoot for the stars".  You are in our prayers

Gordie,  I am so very sorry to have heard of Norma's passing.  I remember all of the fun times I had in dancing class and I could still hear Norma saying,...Toe, Heel, Point, Kick..  I also remember her slogan:  "A dancing child is a happy child".   My sincere sympathy to you and all of her friends.  I am sorry as I could not make it to the wake or service, but I no longer live in Ticonderoga.  Take Care and God Bless You.  ~Bonnie ~ 

Miss Norma will be missed by all. She started out as my daughter Kristines Dance teacher then Tiffanys dance teacher. My girls asked me if I could dance with them so I did. So what started out as a teacher student relationship, very quickly moved to a friendship and after my mom died She became a second mom to me as well as an adopted grandmother to my girls. "Remember a dancing child is a happy child."  I will miss her very much.

So sorry to hear of Norma's passing.  I know she had a long road with an awful illness.  Right up to the time she no longer could come to church, she would look for me to still talk with her; or she would give me a wave.  She was a wonderful and talented person who will be missed by many.  She had my daughters and my granddaughters in her dancing classes as well I was always ready to help out with something when needed.  You are in our thoughts and in our Prayers.  Much Sympathy and Our Best to You.  I have made a donation to Friends Comforting Friends in Norma's memory.  Kathy and Joe Liddell

Norma taught me to tap dance, and was responsible for helping me to exercise, and take care of myself. Loved those head kicks that we did to warm up. One year, she picked me to go to NYC, to attend professional dancing lessons. She was such an inspiration to me and many others, as we practiced in her basement, and had the annual dance recital, at Ti High. I will miss Norma, and her beautiful smile, and graciousness. I am very sorry Gordie for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

I have many fond memories dancing in Norma's basement as a child...accompanied by Art Potter. God rest her soul..

We are so sorry for your loss Gordon,you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Gordon, I was sorry to learn of Norma's passing, but what a wonderful job you did with her care.  I will never forget all the years of dance lessions, Magic Shooz or Dance Conventions.  I enjoyed all of it, particularly the exposure to Broadway shows.  I thank you both for exposing us to all of this at a young age.  God bless Norma and you at this time.