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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:03AM

Norma Jean Wollitz

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Norma Jean Wollitz, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

She was born in 1931, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of John and Violet (nee Lovitz) Kish.

Norma married Robert A. “Bob” Wollitz on April 20, 1952. She graduated from The Rayen School and worked for General Fireproofing in Youngstown and Buttermaid Bakery in Boardman, Ohio, before raising her children. An accomplished seamstress, Norma won many blue ribbons at the Canfield Fair for her handmade Raggedy Ann dolls. She loved dogs and made a happy home for many pets.

Norma was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Poland, Ohio, and of the U.S. Air Force 19th Bomb Group Association, and enjoyed attending Air Force reunions with her husband.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Bob; son, Jack (Barb Woods) Wollitz of Poland, Ohio; daughters, Kathy (Gary) Sipe of Canfield, Ohio, and Jeannie (Bill) Tarka of Brecksville, Ohio; she was the proud grandmother of Betsy Wollitz, Ian Sipe and Jaclyn Sipe; and she leaves her sister, Joycelyn (Parke) Bloyer of Boardman. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Allen, who died in infancy.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, especially the nurses and aides who cared for Norma during her final years.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. Memorial donations may be made in Norma’s memory to Alzheimer’s research.

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