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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Richard Catholic Church
Tuesday July 27th, 2021

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Norma Jean Taylor

Norma Jean (Miller) Taylor, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 3, 2021 in Fort Myers, FL with her sons at her side. Norma Jean was born July 26, 1929 in Chicago, IL to George and Elizabeth (Higgins) Miller. After high school graduation in Osawatomie, Kansas she moved to Swanton, Ohio to work for the Swanton Enterprise.

She met Lewis W. Taylor in Swanton, and they were married on August 13, 1950 in St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Norma Jean was an active member of St. Richard’s Parish, and she enjoyed playing golf at Valleywood Country Club where she and Lew were members.

As Lew’s passion for community service and the fire department grew, Norma Jean embraced the challenge of being a volunteer fireman’s wife. She was a past president of the Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Association (NOVFA) Auxiliary.

Upon their retirement Norma Jean and Lew traveled, but always seemed to end up in Las Vegas where they participated in the Sam Boyd Groups golf tournaments. She enjoyed being a volunteer for the Jamie Farr Golf Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, too.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 49 years Lewis W. Taylor (1999), her second husband Robert Sevigny (2009), her parents George and Elizabeth Miller, her step mother Gladys Bodfish, her sisters June, Doris, Shirley, Otto, Joann, Patricia, and her brother, Charles (Bob).

She is survived by 4 sons – Terrence L. Taylor, Sr. (Lori) of Fort Wayne, IN, William D. Taylor (Paula Cressy) of Fort Myers, FL, and Robert D. Taylor (Lori) of Newburgh, IN, and her Swedish Rotary International Exchange son, Jonas Gransten. She is survived by 8 grandchildren (Elizabeth Janning, Jessica Taylor, TJ Taylor (Amber), Christopher Taylor (Allie), Adam Taylor, Mitchell Taylor (Lerrin), Amy Taylor, John Taylor (Kenli) and 5 great grandchildren (Nicholas, Nathan, Roy, Raven and Olivia).

There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton, Ohio, with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Interment will immediately follow at St. Richard's Cemetery.

Facial masks are required as some attending have very weak immune systems.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contribution can be made in Norma Jean’s memory to the American Cancer Society or to the Kidney Foundation Northwest Ohio.

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On behalf of my brothers (William, Robert and Jonas), we appreciate all the expressions of condolences, support, memories, cards, donations and joining us at the Celebration of Life events. We are most grateful for Weigel Funeral Home (especially Travis, Nancy, Kent and Bryan) for all their support, arrangements and making the Celebration of Life special. Thank you to Father Eric and St. Richard's Catholic Church for a beautiful Celebration of Life Burial Mass. Thank you, too, to Valleywood Golf Club for the delicious luncheon for family and friends. Mom is at eternal peace.

Terrence L. Taylor, Sr. Jul 28 2021 6:42 AM

Rodney and I always enjoyed the updates and great notes we would receive each year with your info for your tax returns! We also had some good laughs and great meals together when you would travel to Ohio.
You were unique and we enjoyed you very much! We will miss you very much! It was a pleasure to know you and be a part of your journey here on earth! May you rest in God's eternal care.

Rodney and Patti Pearson Jul 25 2021 4:04 PM

Norma Jean will be greatly missed by her fellow Southwest Florida Symphony Society members. She was always a joy to be with, friendly, ever helpful and a pure delight. Deepest condolences to all her family for their loss. Jean Nicholson SWFSS.

Jean Nicholson Jul 9 2021 5:02 PM

Bill, God bless your mother, you and your family. Your mother was blessed to have a son who was always dedicated and loving to her as you were. May she rest in peace with angels surrounding her. Love to You, Paula and your family.

Stephanie Tanzini Jul 8 2021 10:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Norma Taylor

Stephanie Tanzini Jul 8 2021 10:31 AM

Bob, Bill and Terry and families so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom.

Carl Farough Jul 7 2021 7:58 PM

Terry and family,. Prayers are with you

Howard and Barbara Cantwell Jul 7 2021 4:58 PM

I never had the pleasure of meeting Norma, but I worked with her son. If he is any indication of how Norma was she must have been a fantastic lady. You all have been lifted in orayer during this difficult time. May God bless each of you

Jim Ahl Jul 7 2021 4:16 PM

prayers for the family .

jacob manz Jul 7 2021 1:59 PM