Norma Jean Danner

September 11, 1934 ‒ July 29, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Norma Jean Danner, also known as “Jackie” Danner, went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 29, 2019, at Marion General Hospital following complications from a recent surgery.

On September 11, 1934, Norma was born at home on Bennett St., in Marion, Ohio, one of six children of the late Elva Franklin and Ruth Elizabeth (Somerlot) Jackson.  She grew up in Martel and Bucyrus, and she started working at a young age at many of the local theatres.

One fateful day while working as a cashier at Big Bear, Norma met a young farmer, Richard E. Danner, who was delivering eggs from the family farm.  He quickly knew Norma was the one. Not wasting any time, Richard told Norma the first rain during harvest season they would elope to be married.  A man of his word, when the rain came, they got married in Indiana on October 5, 1953.  Together they shared over sixty three wonderful years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on November 18, 2016.

A loving homemaker, Norma took pride in caring for her husband and children.  Once her children were in school, she returned to work as a cook for the Ridgedale School Systems.  She worked her way up to serving as the head cook for both the high school and junior high.  She loved working there until her official retirement in the mid 1980’s.

A woman of faith, Norma formerly was a fifty plus year member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed helping as a greeter, Sunday School assistant, Junior Choir mother, and with preparing countless meals.

Having a green thumb, Norma loved tending to her beautiful flower garden every year.  She also enjoyed her rock garden and watching all of the birds that would visit.

Norma lived for her family.  They always knew dinner would be ready at 5 pm, and no one ever left her house hungry.  She beamed with pride for her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Together they enjoyed their annual summer vacations to Lake Erie and fishing trips to Michigan and Canada for Richard.

Norma had a huge heart, and cared deeply about all of the people of the world.  Her concerns were always for others, and she always helped however she could.

She will be dearly missed by her two children: Deborah (Mark) Goings of Columbus, and Richard “Rick” Danner Jr. of Marion; two grandchildren: Jacob and Aaron Goings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Norma was preceded in death by all five siblings: Kathryn Jackson, Bruce (Fern) Jackson, Margaret (Leroy) Pinyerd, James “Jim” (Myrtle) Jackson, and Robert “Bob” (Verona) Jackson.

Services honoring Norma Jean’s life were observed privately at Caledonia Cemetery, with Pastor Brett Cornelius officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 219 E. Church St., Marion, OH 43302, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to have been chosen to serve Norma’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Rick & Debbie – so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a good women with a heart of gold and will be missed by many. I enjoyed working with her at Penney’s and would visit with her when running around town. You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Debbie and Rick, I ‘m so sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. We were very good friends until I left the area 32 years ago. We worked together in many ways at Emanuel and we shared many life stories. Please accept my sincere condolences and know I will hold you in my prayers.

  • So sorry to hear to hear of my Aunt Jackie’s passing. We had many great conversations in the last few years. Heartfelt prayers being sent to you and Debbie as you go through this difficult time.

  • Deb and Rick, I am speechless. Lost my mom in March and now Aunt Jackie. My heart is so broken for you. I know the pain of losing your mom. I always loved your parents and thought so much of them. Aunt Jackie always stayed in touch with my mom and I’m sure they’re having a beautiful reunion. I know we lost touch but I love you both and want you to know that I’m so sorry and so sad. Prayers for you all.

    • Thank You Jody. It was painful and will continue to be as I know you are aware. I appreciate your support. And same to Jeff and the rest of the family. Your Dad was just out to see us a few weeks ago before this happened.

  • Rick and Debbie, I’m so sorry about Aunt Jackie.
    I had no idea this happened. Dad said he visited her just a couple weeks ago. God bless you guys and I pray the Lord comforts you.

    • Thank You Jeff for your kind words. Yes We sat and talked to your Dad for a while. It was good to see him.

  • Dear Rick and Family:

    So very sorry to read about this. Your Mom was a fun woman and was witty, too. It has to hurt and I wish I could wave a wand and the hurt disappear, but such is life. Here’s hoping you, too have loving memories to help ease the pain and bring smiles to your faces in the days to come. “To everything there is a season”…thinking of you in your time of loss. Prayers.

  • Rick,

    I am so, so sorry to hear you lost your Mom, I know she meant the world to you. I’m thinking of you and sending a big hug! Hang in there and cherish your memories. She was a great Mom to you, and you were a wonderful son to her! XOXO

  • Rick and Debbie, So sorry for your loss. It came as such a shock. We are keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick & Debbie, so sorry to hear of the loss of your
    Mom. They were great neighbors. We have been away from there over 35 yrs. We now live in Las Vegas. Rodney called & let me know today. Our thoughts & prayers are with you both.🙏🙏