Born in Strawn, Texas on March 27, 1914 and baptized Mary Domeneca, she was the oldest of seven children of Italian immigrants Secondo and Margeretti (Coletti) Picolotti. The family moved to Springfield where the Picolotti children’s mother died of tuberculosis when Norine was 12. Their father, a coal miner, was unable to care for his youngsters. He placed them in the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, visiting them every weekend. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ staffed the Children’s Home and substituted for the mother they missed. When Norine decided to join the Adorers, her youngest sister Amelia followed her and took the name Sister Mary Vita.
Although Sister Norine did domestic service early in her ministry, she is best remembered for her years at Catholic Children’s Home as house parent particularly for the older boys. She spent a total of 32 years in that position (1943-1965; 1969-1972; and 1975-1982).
Sister Norine also spent two years (1966-1968) in East St. Louis, planning, setting up and getting the license for Maria Day Care Center. She moved to Taylorville to begin a third career visiting and caring for the elderly in their homes in 1983. Finally, she moved to Ruma in 1999 to begin living ministry in later life.
Her parents Secondo and Margeretti, brothers Richard and Peter, and sisters Ernestine, Rose, Minnie, and Sister Mary Vita preceded her in death. Many nieces and nephews survive her.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held July 3 at the Ruma Center, with Father Clyde Grogan presiding. Burial followed in the community cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, ASC Ruma Center, 2 Pioneer Lane, Red Bud, IL 62278.