Norman Richard Barsi passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 23, 2019, at the age of 93. Norm was born in San Francisco on December 19, 1925, to Dario and Avelia Barsi. He grew up in the City, but had many adventures out in the country near Glen Ellen with his Cousins. The family moved to San Carlos where Norm attended Sequoia High School. He graduated early so he could enlist in the Navy during World War II and he served our Country for the remainder of the war. Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Norm met Ann Denevi and they were married on February 1, 1948. It was a love story that would span more than seventy years.
They moved to Los Altos in 1950, where they raised their two sons. Norm worked for NASA at Moffett Field for more than fifty years, running tests on many of the space vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. He was an active member of Saint Nicholas Church and one of the founding parents of Saint Nicholas School. He was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and served several terms as the Club President. Norm enjoyed almost every sport. He was a very good bowler and a challenging golfer. He coached several baseball teams from little league through Babe Ruth and brought home a number of championships. He was a master mechanic and a solid craftsman. There was virtually nothing that he couldn’t build or fix. Ann and he traveled the world together visiting almost every continent and making new friends wherever they went. His happiest times were always with family and friends, particularly during the annual trip to Camp Mather. Norm is survived by his wife Ann, his sons Bruce (Suzanne) and Donald, his grandsons Christopher (Ashley) and Jonathan (Liana), and his great grandson Carter. Norm was a good man, a dedicated husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend to many. He will be dearly missed. A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Norm’s Life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 22nd, at Villa Siena, 1855 Miramonte Avenue, in Mountain View. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to Villa Siena at www.villa-siena.org.