Norma Bergstrom Menghetti, 87, of Newtown Square, a veterinarian who helped restore a historic carousel, died of complications from cancer Friday, Aug. 19, at Wellington Terrace in West Chester.

Dr. Menghetti grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and in Spinnerstown, Bucks County.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the Teachers' College of Columbia University. Since she had experience caring for horses and working on farms in Bucks County, her professors at Columbia encouraged her to become a veterinarian, her daughter, Linda Dempsey, said.

In 1949, she was one of four women who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dempsey said. That year, she married Laurence A. Menghetti.

After their marriage, they built a home and veterinary office on his family's dairy farm in Newtown Square.

In the 1960s, Dr. Menghetti gave up her practice to raise two children. In addition to tending horses and cows, she bred show collies and rabbits.

In her free time, she collected antique dolls and toys, especially miniature carousels. She had loved carousels since childhood and became an advocate for their preservation, her daughter said.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Menghetti became involved with the restoration of carved wooden animals on a vintage carousel on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. She assisted Floyd L. Moreland in patching and painting the 18 stationary and 35 moving horses, two camels, a lion, and tiger - as well as two chariots and the 15 center-casing paintings. On weekends for a number of years, she operated the ride. The carousel, built in 1910, continues to operate.

As a carousel historian, she published articles on the history of carousels and was writing an article when she died, her daughter said.

Dr. Menghetti enjoyed hiking, skiing and canoeing.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Larry, and two grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACEE110501001, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.