Norma Samuelsen Oldham
Long time Redding resident and former Redding Elementary Schools teacher, Norma Oldham
passed away on Monday March 28, 2016 at the age of 87. She was at home with her family at
her time of passing.
Norma was born to Anna and Peder Samuelsen on September 4, 1928 in Palo Alto, California
and was a first generation American since her father was born in Denmark and her mother was
born in Norway. The couple met at a Danish Lodge dance in San Francisco in 1924 and were
married in 1926.
Norma attended bay area schools and graduated from Oakland High School in 1946. She
graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor's Degree in Art in 1950 and her
General Elementary Teaching Credential in 1951. She also married Bert Oldham, her college
sweetheart in 1951. Bert was teaching at Galt High School at the time and Norma taught
second grade at Short Elementary School in San Rafael from 1952 to 1954 and the couple had
planned to remain in the Bay Area, but Bert was offered a job as Supervisor of Art for the
Primary Grades in Redding and they moved to the North State in 1954. Norma taught second
grade at Magnolia Elementary School from 1954 to 1962 when she retired to raise her two
children, Dina and Mark. Bert was hired at Shasta College as an Art Instructor in 1955 and they
decided to make Redding their permanent home and Bert built a house which they shared for
47 years prior to his death in 2006. When Bert retired in 1986, the couple became interested in
miniatures and traveled all over the United States doing exhibitions. They were both named
Fellows of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans in 1992.
Norma had a lifelong interest in Art and had several one man shows and joint shows with Bert.
While in college, she did cartoons for the campus publications and later did cartoons for the
California Teachers Association and other educational publications in the United States.
Norma and Bert shared a love of travel and visited every state but Hawaii. They also enjoyed
hiking in the Sierras and vacationing in the Lake Tahoe region every year.
Norma is survived by her children, Dina Stuart and Mark Oldham, daughter-in-law
Sheila Oldham and 5 grandchildren Charleene Jasperse, Joshua and Jason Stuart, Michael Sanger
and Sara Duron. She is also survived by her brother Peder Samuelsen, Jr., 4 nieces, 2
nephews and 4 first cousins.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bert Oldham Scholarship Fund at Shasta College
Art Dept., 11555 Old Oregon Trail, P.O. Box 396006, Redding, CA. 960496006
Memorial services will be private.