Norma Jean Patrick-Fettig

Norma Jean Patrick-Fettig, 82, of Seymour passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, surrounded by her three children and a few nephews and grandchildren.

Born June 10, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Gertrude Winkler-Patrick, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her three children, Rick Fettig, Charles Fettig and Barbara Jo Fettig-Stout; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Kurt and Dan.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Gale, James, Charles, Robert and Brad.

She graduated from Shields Junior High School and afterward Norma obtained a secretary’s job at the state house. After being encouraged to enter the political arena by Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, she refused the opportunity to become Seymour’s postmaster and instead settled into the position of the branch manager of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She she worked with her brother Bob Patrick there throughout the 1960s in the east end of the Vehslage building.

Other jobs and titles Norma held include ones at Texas Eastern, as court reporter for Judge Frank Guthrie, a justice of peace judge, with the U.S. census bureau, as a professional gambler, and, last but not least, her third-shift job at Walmart Supercenter, stocking cosmetics. She loved her job there. She enjoyed playing cards with ‘the girls’ on Friday evenings and was an avid bingo player and worker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion Post. She also enjoyed trips to riverboat casinos.

Per her request, cremation was chosen.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Seymour and family and friends are invited to share their stories of Norma.

Rather than flowers or gifts, any donations will be received by the family and used to help pay final expenses. At around 3 p.m., her son Charles will call a single game of bingo in his mother’s honor.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.