Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.(Written by Bill Tonnis)
This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Norb Trapp.
Norb is widely known and widely admired here. And that’s because he has generously given so much of his time and energy. Norb was hired in 1995 after a career at the Government Accountability Office. Our Business Manager at the time, Diane Williams, says then VAC President Mike Wurzelbacher told her that she might as well hire Norb “because he’s up here all the time volunteering anyway!” Diane says, “I never regretted my decision. Norb always gave 110%. He went the extra mile by coming in on Saturdays for funerals and weddings when there were games to rope off parking.”
Norb is a fixture at the 7:30 Mass on Sunday mornings where he serves as an usher. He does the accounting and reporting for the school cafeteria. He oversees dismissal car pool each afternoon making sure parents keep it moving and that our children are safe. Norb is also a member of Parish Council and is active in St. Vincent de Paul where he serves as Treasurer. He often is involved in the pick-up and delivery of donated goods.
Norb and his late, beloved wife Judy had one son Michael. Michael and his wife Monica along with their 3 daughters Bella, Lilly and Maddie are also parishioners. Norb is often seen supporting his granddaughters at soccer games, gymnastic meets, etc.
Pastoral Associate for Facilities, Dave Feldman, says that Norb is a “rock star” in the school. “Kids have grown accustomed to his unique personality in the lunchroom each day. Little he does surprises them.” Principal Terry Chapman says the students love Norb and have loved him for years. This note from a current 4th grader sums it up:
You are the best janitor anyone could ever ask for! I love all your light blue shirts and all of your famous sayings. You are always the highlight of my day. Lilly and Bella are so lucky to have you as their grandpa. Thank you so much for everything you do for me and all my other classmates.
Love, Camryn L
Mr. Chapman remembers a funny incident when Norb’s son Michael was in the first grade here. “Michael told Patti Schoborg his dad couldn't come to the “Meet the Teacher” event because he was in prison. He was in prison......doing an audit.”
The humor of that anecdote is reminiscent of Norb’s good-humor which he shares frequently...along with sharing his good heart. I can attest to that. One day while making a Communion visit to a disabled parishioner, I found the man on the floor after he had slipped from his chair. The man was unhurt, but unable to get up and I was unable to lift him. So I called the Parish Office for help. Nick Feldman and Norb soon arrived, but before Nick and I could say a word, Norb had the man in a bear-hug and gently hoisted him into his chair safe and sound. Norb didn’t make a big deal about it. That’s just the way he is.
Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Norb Trapp for his many years of good-humored, good-hearted dedication to the parish!