Norma Jean Browning

December 16, 1930 - July 15, 2021
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Norma Jean Browning, born 16 December, 1930, passed from this world to her reward in Heaven on 15 July, 2021. Hers was a lifetime dedicated to the service of others, paid with her unfailing self-sacrifice. She and her husband of 74 years together, John (deceased April, 2021), devoted their lives to one another, partne…

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Norma Jean Browning, born 16 December, 1930, passed from this world to her reward in Heaven on 15 July, 2021. Hers was a lifetime dedicated to the service of others, paid with her unfailing self-sacrifice. She and her husband of 74 years together, John (deceased April, 2021), devoted their lives to one another, partners together in the raising of their family, son John R. (New Philadelphia), daughters Mary Lojewski, (Twinsburg), and Jean Browning-Woods, (Big Bend, Washington), and son Paul (Raleigh, North Carolina, d. Aug., 2020). Her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were beloved and doted upon, especially little Emma. The daughter of Harold and Mary Schwartz Johnson of York Twp., Tuscarawas Co., her affection and care she equally shared with her brothers, her husband’s brothers and sister and their spouses, and their families. Many were the nights that either Johnson or Browning family gatherings rang with laughter, with Norma, always the teller of a good story, contributing a ready, dry wit.

Affectionately “Norm” to her groom, they were married in 1947, as soon as she graduated from New Philadelphia High School. She was able to accompany John to Austria shortly thereafter while he served in the U. S. Army, those days perhaps the source of her lifelong love of “The Sound of Music”. Returning to New Philadelphia, they raised their family, with Norma working a variety of jobs over many years in support of those efforts. Summers were a time for family camping and an annual trip to Tappan Lake. She avidly supported the New Philadelphia Marching Quaker Band and was active in the Order of the Eastern Star. Order in all things was important, and according to her daughters, lists – lots of lists covering lots of issues – contributed greatly to those organizational efforts. She was also a great baker (well-taught by another baker of some renown, her mother) and decorator of her creations, particularly well-known for her cut-out cookies. Another creation greatly appreciated by those lucky enough to partake were her banana boats.

A beautiful woman, her beauty was more than her visage. She met life’s challenges with unselfish commitment to the welfare of others, and all who knew her were in her thoughts and prayers, her inner beauty that always shown through. The love of doting brothers’ and that of her life-long friends, Peggy and Betty, who were as sisters to her, were blessings in life, and she delighted in the frequent visits and never-failing care of her sister-in-law, Judy. But she asked no greater reward here on earth than the love of her husband and partner of more than seven decades, John, and the love of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All who were graced by her love and friendship celebrate her time among us …

In keeping with Norma’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Cremation care is being handled though the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia.

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Born: December 16, 1930
Died: July 15, 2021

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Elaine Meyers posted on 7/24/21

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

 

Jean woods posted on 7/24/21

How do you thank a wonderful mother? No words. She loved being a mother. All she did was for her family. She raised many kids. I was blessed she was able to help me with my triplets for a bit..and papa too. We were blessed by them and will caring on our blessings because of them. Bless John and Norma.

 

Faith Hart posted on 7/22/21

So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of caring for Norma during her stay at Schoenbrunn Healthcare. What a special lady. She will be missed..

 

Juanita Rennicker posted on 7/21/21

Jean, Mary and Family So Sorry for Your Loss.

 

Keith & Deb Zimmerman posted on 7/20/21

We are so sorry for your loss! I was thinking about Norma while I mowed over near the house a week or so ago. I’m sure she missed John and they can now be together.

 

Sue (Huff) Cox posted on 7/20/21

JB, Mary and Jean, So very sorry your families are going through this difficult time again. It has probably been over a year ago when I had the chance to chat with your Mom and Dad at South Broadway. I have fond memories of times spent camping with your family and hanging out at your house. I can say I am one of the lucky ones that got to partake in the wonderful creation of Norma's banana boats, and such a delight they are!!! I will be keeping you all in prayer, and having a banana boat in the very near future. Sue (Huff) Cox

 

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