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Nora Notzon

September 12, 1933 — March 17, 2022


September 12, 1933 - March 17, 2022

The adored Nora Lee Haynes Notzon, 88, entered peacefully into eternal rest at her home on Thursday, March 17, 2022, surrounded by the love and prayers of her loving family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and servant of God.

Mrs. Notzon was born to James Haynes, Sr. and Maria Luisa Ostos Haynes on September 12, 1933, in Laredo, Texas. She graduated from Our Lady of The Lake High School and Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelor of Music in 1957. She sang in the school’s choral group and played in the school’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

Throughout her life she was a pillar of the Laredo community and was active in civic, charitable, and social clubs. An accomplished pianist, harpist, organist, violinist and singer, she played the organ every Sunday for 19 years at the Laredo Air Force Base Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and for nearly 20 years she played piano for the Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimist Noon clubs. She also taught music at every elementary school in the Laredo Independent School District for 37 years, where she touched and inspired countless lives. Mrs. Notzon was a charter member and first President of the Jaycee-ettes. She was also a member of the Tuesday Music and Literature Club, Cotillion Club, Texas Music Educators and Philharmonic Orchestra Society.

Mrs. Notzon was a woman of profound faith and was active in her church. She served on the board of St. Patrick's Church and was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Oblature of the Congregation of St. John and a “Cursillista”.

She also served The Society of Martha Washington and was honored to portray the role of our Founding First President’s Wife, Martha Dandridge Washington, in 1993 at the society’s celebrations.

Mrs. Notzon served as a Trustee of the Haynes Mineral Trust. She and her siblings were instrumental in the realization of the James and Maria Luisa Haynes Health and Wellness Center as a tribute to their parents and the James Haynes Industrial Park on Loop 20 and Highway 59. She also found time to pursue the management of her own property business.

Despite her many other accomplishments and interests, the crowning glory of her life was her family. Mrs. Notzon married the love of her life, Honorable Judge Marcel Carroll Notzon, II, in 1961. Together, they set a shining example to their six children and seventeen grandchildren of religious devotion, loyalty, hard-work, and respect for others. She instilled in each of them a profound love for God, steadfast faith, love of family and friends, spirit of gratitude and an unwavering positive mindset always seeing the best in life and in others. She cultivated their love for learning, reading, music, dance, sports, travel, adventure, laughter, celebrations, community and helping others. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Mrs. Notzon had also recently learned the thrilling news that she was soon to become a great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her adored husband, The Honorable Judge Marcel Carroll Notzon, II; parents, former City Secretary, James Haynes Sr. and mother, Maria Luisa Ostos Haynes; brothers, Richard E. “Dicky” Haynes, Robert G. “Bobby” Haynes, James “Jimmy” Haynes, Jr., and Bernard Notzon.

Left to continue her legacy and cherish her memory are her beloved children,  Marcel C. (Yvonne) Notzon, III, James Aloysius Notzon, Christopher Alexander (Judith) Notzon, Vincent Anthony (Adriana) Notzon, John Dominique (Lindsay) Notzon, and Nora Lee Notzon (Kerim) Derhalli; daughters in-law, Judge Monica Zapata Notzon and Sarah Collins Comstock; and seventeen grandchildren, Christina (Sal), Ashley, Natali, Carolyn , Anna Claudia, Christopher, John Dominique, Vincent, Catherine, Joseph, Charlotte, Shelby, Jack, Gabriela, Viviane, Victoria, and Emelie. She is also survived by her beloved in-laws, Anna Ochoa Haynes, Rosa Imelda Haynes, Martha Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. Aloys J. Notzon, III, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Notzon, and Frances M. Kuntz, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will be receiving condolences on Sunday evening, March 20, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m. officiated by Deacon Joe Longoria.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday morning, March 21, 2022, departing at 9:45 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel to St. Patrick Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. celebrated by Msgr. James Harris. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Marcel C. Notzon, III, James A. Notzon, Christopher A. Notzon, Vincent A. Notzon, John D. Notzon, Kerim R. Derhalli, and Sal Jafar, II.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Beto Magnon, Dennis Nixon, Tony Sanchez, Jr., Jerome Jordan, Jon Nixon, Carlos Benavides, IV, John Oppenheimer, Carol Summers, Tad Brittingham, Federico Longoria, Richard Morales, Fernando Laurel, Beto Gutierrez, Dicky E. Haynes, II, Christopher Haynes, Robert A. Haynes, Christopher Notzon, Jr., John Dominique Notzon, Vincent Notzon, Jr., Joseph Notzon, Jack Notzon, Aloys J. Notzon, III, Martin Notzon, Marino De Leon, Richard Dulaney Schutz, and Antonio Lara.

The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to: Dr. Carlos Hornedo, Dr. Dario Narro, and Serenity Hospice Care for the care and attention they provided during their time of need. The family would like to especially thank her long-time care providers who worked with endless devotion and compassion to ensure that each of her needs were met: Antonio Lara, Maria de Jesus Lara, David A. Medrano, and Javier Villalobos. The family's heartfelt love and appreciation go to Msgr. James Harris for his spiritual guidance during their mother's last days.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laredo, 1901 Corpus Christi St., Laredo, Texas 78043 and/or The Congregation of St John of Laredo, 505 Century Dr. S., Laredo, Texas 78046.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Road, Laredo, Texas 78041; Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, March 20, 2022

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services

1410 Jacaman Rd, Laredo, TX 78041

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services

1410 Jacaman Rd, Laredo, TX 78041

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Funeral Mass

Monday, March 21, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Patrick Catholic Church

555 E Del Mar Blvd, Laredo, TX 78041

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

3200 N Meadow Ave, Laredo, TX 78040

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