Norma Jean Schumm, 88

Norma Jean Schumm, 88, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor in Syracuse.

She was born on Aug. 3, 1925, in Willshire, to David F. and Florene M. (Dudgeon) Carr.

She grew up in Willshire and graduated in 1943 from Willshire High School.

She was married on June 2, 1946, in Willshire, to Henry L. “Hank” Schumm, who preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 2005.

She moved to Syracuse in 1969 from Willshire, formerly worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne, Ind., managed the Willshire Bureau of Motor Vehicles, managed the Tasty Freeze in Willshire and worked at Three Flags Drive Inn in 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 Jell-O 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 Cubs fans and general sports enthusiasts.

She was the loving mother and grandmother of two daughters, Toby (Jerry) Oswald of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; and Tammy Schumm of Burlington, Ky.; two sons, Greg (Mary) Schumm of St. Marys; and Kip (Pam) Schumm of Syracuse, Ind.; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Michelle) Schumm; Jason (Kate) Schumm; Joel (Cassie) Schumm; Amanda (Joe King) Oswald Grundel; Katrina (Chris) Berg and Kristen (fiance Matt Stetz) Schumm; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Carl “Jack” Carr.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, Ind.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, the Rev. Brad Cox of the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel officiating.

Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorial bequests may be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 9135 N. Meridian St., B-4, Indianapolis, IN, 46260, or to the Syracuse Park Dept., 1013 N. Long Drive, Syracus, IN, 46567. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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