Norma Evelyn (Hall) Roelke

Born: Mon., Apr. 1, 1918
Died: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 20, 2013
Location: N. William St. Location

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Wed., Feb. 20, 2013
Location: N. William St. Location

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Norma Evelyn (Hall) Roelke

April 1, 1918 – February 15, 2013

Norma Evelyn (Hall) Roelke passed away at The Pointe, Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle, February 15, 2013. Born in Indianapolis, IN, on April 1, 1918, to Della and Paul B. Hall. Norma grew up with younger brother and sister, Robert Hall, Westminster, CO; and Betty Stevens, Indianapolis, IN. She attended Indiana University where she was member of the Beta Sigma Omicron Sorority and obtained a teaching certificate, becoming an educator throughout her life. After briefly teaching in Bloomington, IN, she married the late Paul L. Roelke in 1938. She then began her most important role of caring for and teaching her five children: Patricia Davis, Ormond Beach, FL; Donald Roelke (Marilyn), Mesa, AR; Kathryn Anderson, South Bend, IN; Virginia Gibbs, Bedford, IN; and Norman Roelke (Liesa), Fort Wayne, IN.

During the years Norma also was active in Methodist Church, teaching children’s Sunday, becoming Director of Children’s Sunday School at Central United Methodist Church. She also served as charter member and treasurer of the board for WSBT’s Sunday School of the Air. As an active member of the United Methodist Women she held many offices including local and district president. She was the Program Resource Secretary for the UMW at Grace Methodist Church and a delegate to two UMW’s Women’s Assemblies in Houston, TX and Cincinnati, OH.

Other activities included president of the Lincoln School PTA, Eastern Star chaplain, Cub Scouts den mother, director of many vacation Bible Schools, teacher of Vacation Bible School classes for teachers for the South Bend Council of Churches, president of Kiwaniane (Kiwanis Auxiliary) and president of St. Joseph County Engineer’s Auxiliary.

Throughout her life she served, taught and cared for all in her family and those she met. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kevin Anderson, Kelly Anderson (Aric); Elizabeth (Gibbs) Richardson (Jason); Catherine (Gibbs) Reeves (Alex); Stephanie (Roelke) Ausperger (Brian); Richard Roelke; and Stacey Roelke. Her five great- grandchildren include Olivia, Cooper, and Sophie Richardson, and Ajani and Dasan Anderson. Funeral services will be held 12 noon Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., with Rev. Lauren Hall officiating. Entombment will be held at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 3012 Twyckenham Dr., South Bend, IN 46614 or Hamilton Grove Communities, 31869 Chicago Trail, New Carlisle, IN 46552. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Norma's memory to the following organizations:

Grace United Methodist Church
3012 S. Twykenham Dr., South Bend, IN, 46614

Hamilton Grove Communities
31869 Chicago Trail, New Carlisle, IN 46552

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Jeanette (Chase) Frick
   Posted Mon February 18, 2013
I will greatly miss my Aunt Norma. She was a great lady and special Aunt. We sat together at Grace Church and also visited with her at Hamilton Grove taking my Aunt Helen (Roelke) Buss. I remember well all of the Roelke family traditions and gatherings the family had over the years, as well as, the special times at The Bluffs of Sebring (FL) with my parents Neil & Dorothy (Roelke) Chase. Her five children are a tribute to the fine family of Paul & Norma. I cherish a voice mail phone message I still have from her of thanks--she was a gracious lady. God keep you in His care. Love, Jeanette (Chase) Frick

Roger & Mary Buss
   Posted Tue February 19, 2013
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are in Florida and will not be able to attend the service, but we are there is spirit.

Roger & Mary Buss

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Rough
   Posted Tue February 19, 2013
Dear Family:

Janet joins me in sending to you our thoughts and love on the death of Norma. What a lady! We have enjoyed many, many a happy time with Norma and Paul. Norma was an excellent leader and whatevere she did, she did well.

The last time we visited her she was in the library at Hamilton Point, sharp as ever. She was so proud of her family and the joy you brought into her life.

We have many fond memories to treasure. Our hearts and love to you all,

Janet and Tom Rough
Scottsdale, AZ

Dottie Jane Compton
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Dear Roelke Family,

Please accept my sincere sympathy at the passing of your Mother. She certainly lived a wonderful life. We kept close for many years and always exchanged Christmas letters. I am so grateful that we enjoyed many good times at Central Church in South Bend. Love and God Bless each of you. Dottie Jane Compton, (living with daughter & son-in-law, Linda & Paul Austin) Lafayette, IN

Linda and Paul Austin
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Dear Roelke Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mother made my growing up years in Central Church memorable as my Sunday School teacher. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda Compton Austin and Paul Austin, Lafayette, IN

Ted and Mary Jean Wasielewski
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Even though Norma lived next door to us on Fairfax for a short time, we so enjoyed her as a neighbor. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. It so hurts to lose a mother. But the Lord will be good to her and she will get the plush seat in heaven.