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Norma L. Schmeltz

Born: Tue., Sep. 1, 1931
Died: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 13, 2017
Location: Hanley and Sons Funeral Home - Walkerton

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
Location: Hanley and Sons Funeral Home - Walkerton

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Norma L. Schmeltz, 86 of Walkerton passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Millers Merry Manor, Walkerton.

She was born on September 1, 1931 in Tipton, IN to the late William A. and Marie E. (Rivers) Newhouse.  Norma moved to Walkerton in 1942 coming from Crawfordsville, IN.  She was a Graduate of Walkerton High School Class of 1949.

On October 31, 1954 in Walkerton she married Ralph L. Schmeltz who preceded her in death on August 16, 2010.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Beth A. Rhodes and a nephew, Bob Rhodes.

Norma is survived by a daughter, Lisa A. (Ronald) Rose of Granger, IN; two sons, Roger L. (Margie) Schmeltz of South Bend and Randy J. (Beth) Schmeltz of Walkerton; seven grandchildren, Dan (Amy) Schmeltz, Roy (Tawny) Dowdy, Yvonne Schmeltz, Audrey Rose, Eliza Rose, Camille Rose and Anna Schmeltz, two great grandchildren, Austin Dowdy and Phin Seldin and nieces & nephews, Bill (Nancy) Rhodes, Jeannie (Randy) Lister, Mary (Bob) Reisdorf, Peri Treber and Kathy Rhodes wife of Bob Rhodes.

She retired from Modern Door Company in Walkerton after many years of service as a Secretary. Norma previously worked at Bendix Corporation, South Bend,  and Plasteel in Walkerton. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 189, Walkerton and the Walkerton Historical Society.

Norma enjoyed watching sports, antiquing, flowers, gardening, collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and she was an avid animal lover.  She especially loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and her dog, Vinnie Cooper.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Walkerton Chapel” located 1216 Roosevelt Road, Walkerton, IN.  Funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Pet Refuge, 4626 Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements, services and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Schmeltz family.

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Brad Schmeltz
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Roger, Randy and Lisa,

I am so sorry for your loss. She always brought a smile to my face and fond memories.

I don't believe I ever met a finer person. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her.


Dawn Schmeltz
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Randy, Lisa, Roger, all the grandchildren and great grandchildren,

Norma was a wonderful soul and always treated me with kindness and consideration. I never heard a cross word from her. She will always be in my heart and memories.

I am so sorry she has left you and my heart cries for you all.

Dawn Schmeltz

Michael Cripe
   Posted Wed December 13, 2017
Roger, Randy and Lisa,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many good memories of your family growing up as a kid. Your Mom made the best Kool-Aid around on hot summer days.
Rest assured of my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Michael Cripe

Linda Mark Robb
   Posted Wed December 13, 2017
Roger, Randy, Lisa, and all of our aunts, uncles, cousins and family,

Mike and I are unable to travel to Walkerton at this time because I'm still recuperating from the accident we were in, but please know our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Norma has always been a favorite person in our lives, and there are many wonderful memories of her. We send our love.

Linda and Mike

Bill Doan
   Posted Mon December 18, 2017
Randy and Beth, sincere condolences to and the family. May she rest in peace.

   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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