Norma P. Linde, one of the owners of the Pumpernick N' Pastry Shoppe, a Buffalo bakery institution for more than 30 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. She was 76.
She grew up learning the bakery business from her father -- she frosted cookies in the family bakery at age 7 -- and in 1974 joined her husband, Marvin, in starting Pumpernick N' Pastry.
In a 2004 Buffalo News article about the decline in family-owned bakeries, Mrs. Linde said her business and others stay alive by making all their desserts by hand.
The Buffalo native graduated from Amherst High School.
In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Krull of Marilla, Suzanne of Edgewater, Fla., and Tammy of Wales; two sons, Marvin of Shelby, Mont., and Mark of Elma; a brother, Raymond Wierzbowski of Elma; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Cheektowaga, after prayers in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, West Seneca. Burial was in Marilla Cemetery.