Vigil held for murdered Shaker Heights make-up artist

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - Sharon Anderson-Norfus was a legend in the local beauty industry. Women from all across the Cleveland area tell stories of how the popular make-up artist made them beautiful at the MAC counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood.

Some of them will be among the mourners at a vigil to be held in her memory Friday night. Norfus' body was discovered Saturday afternoon at her apartment in Shaker Heights.  Police said the 60-year-old had been strangled.

Her friends in the beauty industry call Norfus "a matriarch," saying she touched as many lives as she touched faces.

"She would take you through it step by step," Robbin Jackson said. "She was really maternal with this make-up thing."

When she wasn't selling MAC cosmetics, she was behind the scenes making up the faces of performers in local theaters. Her friends remember a happy, outgoing woman, but one who often kept to herself.

The vigil was held at 8 p.m. in the lobby of Oliver House, 3715 Warrensville Center Rd., Shaker Heights.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with information that may help them solve the murder to call 216-491-1220. This is the first homicide in Shaker Heights since 2006.

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