Norma Fishburn

September 17, 1922 ‒ April 30, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: There is an old saying that goes ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ that is exactly what Norma Fishburn would do. Not only did she embody that phrase with her can-do attitude, but also by making fresh hand squeezed lemonade for her family.

Norma passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Signature Healthcare of Galion. She was 92.

She was born September 17, 1922 to parents Dwight & Adah (Miller) Moss in Genova, Ohio. She graduated from Massillon Washington High School and went on to Massillon Commercial Institute and studied as a legal secretary.

On August 7, 1943, she married Edward Fishburn and together they spent 60 wonderful years until he passed away in 2003.

Norma worked at J.C. Penny as an assistant manager in the children’s department, where she worked for over 25 years.

In her spare time, she took pleasure in going on walks and being outdoors. Sunday mornings she could be found teaching Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She helped with the church rummage sales and newsletters too. She also enjoyed playing piano and spending time with her family.

She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law Kristine and Michael Mast of Carol Stream, Illinois, Gayle Moore of Mansfield, Elaine and Ken Shea of Lexington and Allison and Brad Woodruff of Ontario; eleven grandchildren and their spouses Lisa and William Blake, Stephan and Carol Mast, Andy Mast, Jennifer and Todd Tomlinson, Kelly Moore, Michelle and Brian Zeiber, Brittany and Rodney Zellner, Kayla and Zac Rau, Hunter, Dakota and Christian Woodruff; two step grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law Donna and Campbell Titchener of Sun City Arizona.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son Russell Fishburn; a great grandchild Cassidy Rau; sisters Jane Emerson and Ruth Myers; and brothers Dan Moss, Wilbert Moss and Dwight Moss.

Friends may call Monday, May 4, 2015 from 4-6 pm in the Finefrock Chapel at the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 5 2015 at 11 am in the chapel of Mansfield First Evangelical  Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road, Mansfield. The Rev. Carl Schaefer will officiate the funeral. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

For contributions in her memory, make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church Preschool and bring or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Norma’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • My heart felt sympathies to all of Norma’s family.
    Norma was an inspiration in living a Christian life.
    I pray that each of you find the comfort needed in Christ and in one another to get through this difficult time.
    My condolences to all.

  • Elaine & Family…….mom &I are sending the deepest Sympathy to you & the family. We all loved Norma. She was a very special lady. She will be missed & God rest her soul. Thinking of you & sending Gods Strength & Comfort. GOD BLESS. Nancy Bailey & Jane Ness

  • My Heartfelt Sympathy to the four Fishburn girls and their families. The last time I talked with your mother, she was a sales clerk at J.C. Penny, in the Children’s Dept., on Park Avenue West, in Mansfield, OH.

    Kristine and I used to walk to Johnny Appleseed Junior High School together.
    When we were at Senior High and going to school on half-days, we did not have the same schedules. I was in the band and started school at 10 a.m. and Kristine was on a regular 10th grade shift and went to school around noon.

    Ken Rachel lived beside the Hunter’s on Wolfe Ave. and I married Ken Rachel.
    We still currently live in Mansfield, not to far from Wolfe Ave.

    I just could not let this opportunity go by without acknowledging the Obituary of Norma Fishburn in the Mansfield News Journal.

    I have not seen any of you since 1962, but often think of you.
    My father and your father, Ed, both sold insurance, but not for the same company.

    Again, expressing my Heartfelt Sympathy to all in your loss.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Normas family. We had the pleasure of knowing Norms and her daughter Elaine from the home.very special lady to us all. We will miss her dearly. Sorry for your loss.