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Passing Of Dr. Norma B. Menghetti – Helped Restore Carousel

Thank you to Bob Sisco for forwarding me Dr. Menghetti’s obituary.

Norma Bergstrom Menghetti, 87, of Newtown Square, a veterinarian who helped restore a historic   carousel, died of complications from cancer Friday, Aug. 19, at Wellington Terrace in West Chester.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Menghetti became involved with the restoration of carved wooden animals on a vintage carousel on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. She assisted Floyd L. Moreland in patching and painting the 18 stationary and 35 moving horses, two camels, a lion, and tiger – as well as two chariots and the 15 center-casing paintings. On weekends for a number of years, she operated the ride. The carousel, built in 1910, celebrated its 100th birthday last year.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Larry, and two grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

A funeral service was held today (Aug. 23rd) at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill. Burial followed in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACEE110501001, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

Floyd Moreland e-mailed me his thoughts after I forwarded him a link to Dr. Menghetti’s obituary, and I repeat them here with his permission: “Norma was a dear friend for decades and put her heart and soul into the renovation, upkeep, and operation of the carousel at Casino Pier. My heart was broken when I discovered she was dying. While in hospice during her final days, carousel music and videos were playing in her room. Even at the end, that ambience managed to elicit an occasional smile from her, even as she put smiles on the faces of thousands and thousands of people on the Seaside Heights boardwalk for many, many years.”

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  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Norma through Floyd Moreland. She would make the trip from PA to operate the carousel. She was a sweet and gentle soul who touched many people.


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