Norma R. Metzger
88, July 22, 1924 - November 2, 2012
On November 2, 2012, Norma Ruth (Bengel) Metzger , 88, of Unionville, departed this life at Grandview Health and Rehabilitation Center in Martinsville, Indiana. She was born July 22, 1924, to Ernst Rudolf Bengel and Ida Mae Zimmer in Clark County, Indiana. On October 30, 1943, she married Jesse G. Metzger, who was then serving in the Army Air Corps. She had four children, Michael Bengel Metzger, of Bloomington, William Frederick Metzger III, of Carmel, Indiana, Deborah Marie (Metzger) Prickett, of Brownsburg, and Mark Douglass Metzger, of Indianapolis. She also had 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
In her youth, Norma was a gifted amateur musician, playing the piano, marimba, and alto clarinet. Later in life, she became a passionate horsewoman, both riding and raising Arabian horses, and gardener. She also avidly practiced crochet and cross-stitch. After her child-rearing duties were complete, she resumed playing her beloved piano. For most of her married life she was a homemaker, but when no one could be found to drive a bus for special needs children in Warren Township, where she and Jesse lived until retiring to the North Shore of Lake Lemon, she volunteered to do so, a post she retained for approximately 30 years until retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Walter Bengel, and one sister, Dorothy (Bengel) Everett.
Her husband of 69 years, Jesse, survives her, as do all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Costin Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mick Aldridge officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. She will be interred in the family plot at Henryville, Indiana, at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
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