Norma Jean Gale
1936 - 2021
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Norma Jean Gale

Norma Jean, "Jean or Jeanne" as many knew her, Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother journeyed home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2021. Born January 7, 1936 to Charles L. and Kathryn R. (Hershner) Brown, both deceased. She graduated from Leesville School Rural Jefferson Township in 1953. On June 21, 1952 she married the love of her life, Robert M. Gale, now deceased. She was preceded in death by son, Robert M. Gale Jr., brothers Gaylord F. and Ronald L. Brown. Jean is survived by daughter, Jennifer (Gale) Chapman Martinez of Phoenix, AZ, sons Michael S. (Karen) Gale of Kokomo, IN, Randall L. (Marlene) of Herford, AZ, and David M. (Theresa Garaux) Gale of Columbus, OH.

In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren: Katy (Tracy) Chapman Bowman of Caledonia, OH, Jason Chapman of Galion, OH, Sarah (Daniel Correal) of Westfield, IN, Eric (Cecelia) Gale of San Antonio, TX, Alexander (Taylor) Gale of Fairborn, OH, Andrew Gale of Tucson, AZ, Robert (Lily) Gale of Santa Clarita, CA, John Gale of Oklahoma City, OK, and David S. Gale of Galion, OH. In addition, she is survived by four great grandchildren: Collin, Kaiden, Joey, and Warren.

Jean worked many clerical and bookkeeping jobs during her career. She worked at the Strathberry, North Electric and Galion Farm Services. In Arizona she loved selling Indian Jewelry, managing the office at New Chance Industries, and working at Stanley Tool Company in Phoenix. She was active with Galion Business and Professional Women, (BPW). She loved spending time with her family, old classmates, and friends, as well as listening and dancing to music at the VFW she enjoyed attending. She volunteered her time in the office of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, and volunteered at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottdale. She participated in Guys and Dolls Organization and help run the Bingo Program there for many years.

Memorial contribution can be made to Hospice of the Valley of Phoenix, AZ.

Graveside Service will be held Monday, June 21, 2021 @ Fairview Cemetery, Galion, Ohio. Celebration of life to follow. Place and time to be announced. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 6 to Apr. 11, 2021.
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April 10, 2021
Jean, was such a great Woman and a Fantastic neighbor and Friend these past 35 years. She helped so many neighbors over the years, watching their children, when needed, driving neighbor a Veteran to the V.A. for Dr. appointments. , support and help running the VFW bingo. Jean was always there to help any that needed. She will be missed by so many that she has touched all these years....

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