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“My prayers go out to the family. I got to know Norma at Oak Hill Elementary when she was a substitute teacher. She was a grand lady and I always...Read More »
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“We are so sorry for your loss. She was quite a lady! ”
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“It was with great sadness that I read of Norman's death. I taught with her many years ago at T Ball and Southward Schools. She was a sweet soul,...Read More »
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“Joan and family, my sincere condolences at the passing of your Mother. May the love of family and friends surround you in the coming days. ”
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Norma Childress (nee Evans), age 89, of Crown Point, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017. She is survived by her children Lynn Childress, Steve (Alexandra) Childress, Alan (Sherry) Childress, Joan (Matt) Klein, and Michael (Margaret) Childress; grandchildren Chandra (Dave) Pallikan, Scott Klein, Michael Klein, Helyn Gulley, Byron Gulley, Charlie Childress, Lena Childress; and very special great granddaughter Kristen Pallikan.
Norma was the sixth of nine children born to Roy and Ruth Evans (nee Springer), in Brazil, Indiana. She graduated from Ball State University, where she met her husband Roger Childress, and embarked on a long career as a teacher. First, she taught elementary school in Kendallville, Hebron, and Howe, Indiana. After moving to Crown Point, she taught physical education at South Ward and Timothy Ball schools. In her later years, she was a substitute teacher in the Lowell school system.
Norma will be remembered as a generous mother, proud grandmother, and affectionate great grandmother. Her generosity extended to her church, Cedar Lake United Methodist, and to various charities that she supported. She was an active member of Indian Trail Grange and enjoyed spending time with her friends at breakfast meetings at Harry O's and Range Line soup suppers.
Friends may greet the family on Friday, November 17, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the funeral service to follow visitation at 7:00 p.m., at Burdan Funeral Home, 12901 Wicker Avenue, Cedar Lake, Indiana. The burial will be on Saturday, November 18, in Brazil, Indiana. The family gives a special thank you to Norma's caregivers at St. Anthony Village and the special angels at William J. Riley residence. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory to Hospice of the Calumet area or St. Anthony Village.