SYRACUSE – Norma Jean Schumm, 88, Syracuse, passed away at 1 a.m. July 12, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor, Syracuse.
She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Willshire, Ohio, to David F. and Florene M. Dudgeon Carr.
On June 2, 1946, in Willshire, Ohio, she married Henry L. “ Hank” Schumm who preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 2005.
She grew up in Willshire and graduated in 1943 from Willshire High School. She moved to Syracuse in 1969 from Willshire, formerly worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne, managed the Willshire Bureau of Motor Vehicles, managed the Tasty Freeze in Willshire, and worked at Three Flags Drive Inn, Syracuse.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Willshire and attended Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse. She was a 68-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Bethlehem Chapter #25 in Willshire, where she and her husband served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron multiple times. In 1967 she was appointed by the State of Ohio as Deputy Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
Family was the center of Norma’s world and she spent much of her time taking care of family members. After moving to Syracuse her home was bursting at the seams with weekend visitors. Sunday dinners of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and jello were the family’s favorites. She also enjoyed playing euchre and was a member of the bunko club in Syracuse. Norma and Henry were loyal Chicago Cub fans and general sports enthusiasts.
She was the loving mother and grandmother of two daughters, Toby (and spouse Jerry) Oswald, Melbourne Beach, Fla., and Tammy Schumm. Burlington, Ky.; two sons, Greg (and spouse Mary) Schumm, St. Mary’s, Ohio, and Kip (and spouse Pam) Schumm, Syracuse; six grandchildren: Jeremy (and spouse Michelle) Schumm, Jason (and spouse Kate) Schumm, Joel (and spouse Cassie) Schumm, Amanda (and Joe King) Oswald Grundel, Katrina (and spouse Chris) Berg, and Kristin (and fiancé Matt Stetz) Schumm; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Carl “Jack” Carr.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, with Pastor Brad Cox, Wawasee Lakeside Chapel, officiating. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.
Calling will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 9135 N. Meridian St. B-4, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or Syracuse Park Department, 1013 N. Long Dr., Syracuse, IN 46567.
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