Norma Jean Rismiller

May 16, 1932August 5, 2018
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Norma Jean Rismiller age 86, of Versailles passed away at 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at her residence. Norma Jean was born May 16, 1932, in Newport to the late Henry John & Frances Theresa (Garman) Vagedes. In addition to her parents, Norma Jean was also preceded in death by her husband, Glen Rismiller on April 22, 2011; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Rismiller; siblings, Leonard “Len” & Rita Vagedes, Mary Vagedes, Clarence “Dick” & Mildred Vagedes, Clara Vagedes, Helen & Melvin Monnier, Justine “Stina” & Norbert Couchot, Norbert Vagedes, Edward & Marie Vagedes, Louis “Lou” & Evelyn Vagedes, Joseph Linus “Liney” Vagedes, Homer John “Runt” Vagedes; and sisters-in-law, Cecilia Vagedes and Betty Vagedes. Norma Jean is survived by her children, Brenda & Nick Schwartz, Debbie & John Kettering, Jack Rismiller, Randy & Lily Ruan Rismiller and Lori & Chris Kreifels; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Paul “Pat” & Betty Vagedes and Carl “Spitz” & Frances Vagedes; sisters-in-law, Jean Vagedes and Reta Vagedes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Norma Jean was a homemaker and farmer. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of North Star. Her hobby was sewing, and over the years she donated hundreds of blankets to organizations which could make good use of them. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 10, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church 13495 Greenville St. Mary’s Rd, (North Star) Versailles. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church of North Star or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018

Norma Jean Rismiller

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In the song of life, Norma Jean Rismiller was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Norma preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Norma believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Norma perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

      Norma was born on May 16, 1932 at Newport, Ohio at home in Newport, Ohio. Her parents were Henry John and Frances Theresa Vagedes. Norma was raised in on her parent's 80 acre farm in Newport. As a young child, Norma was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Norma rarely called attention to herself, but when she did speak out and was always happiest when surrounded by family.

      Early on in her family relationships, Norma showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with Some would say more, but most say she had thirteen brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters include: Leonard, Mary, Clarence, Clara, Helen, Justine, Norbert, Edward, Louis, Joseph, Homer, Paul, Carl,. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      As she was growing up, Norma developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Norma liked concrete things. Growing up, Norma took part in the neighborhood baseball games. In her spare time she liked to play with all the farm animals and walk in the woods on the farm. Norma's memorable achievements included. However, to Norma, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in her school years, Norma showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Norma with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She graduated from Russia high school in She quit school after her junior year to get married and move out of this school. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Those who didn’t know Norma well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Norma was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Norma’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. Later in life, she became friends with neighbor Edna Grilliot, Martha Rismiller , Chuck and Mary along with many others.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Norma had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On July 22, 1950, Norma exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Glen Leroy Rismiller at the They ran off to a Lutheran church in Union City, Indiana of Union City, Indiana.

      Norma was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Norma was blessed with Five, Brenda Sue, Deborah Kay, Jack Leroy, Randy Paul and Lora Ann. They were also blessed with Eleven, Adam, Mindy, Pamela, Matthew, Andrew, Jeremy, Justine, Bethany, Daniel, Morgan and Emily.

      Norma found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was farming and homemaker. She was employed for her entire life as a farmer. She was forced to stop milking the cows because of her brain surgery. Norma tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Norma enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cooking and working. Norma was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Throughout her life, Norma was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Norma was an active member of the St Paul Lutheran Church. She had a tendency to bring peace to her relationships by avoiding disagreements.

      Norma’s faith was important to her. She was a member of St. Paul for 67 years. During that time, she was an active supporting member. Norma's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

      Because she loved the world around her, Norma enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Norma put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Favorite vacations included Alaska and Germany.

      Norma was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Norma’s favorites was Norma loved all the baby animals from the wild one like raccoons and rabbits to all the farm babies. They were best friends for She would take care of them till they moved on. Her family was rounded out by her love of cats and dogs that were on the farm.

      When Norma’s retirement finally arrived in After her brain surgery. Life changed for her. She could no longer milk the cows that she missed dearly. Probably in 1989., she was well prepared. She stayed home and watched the farm from Windows car an house. In retirement, she found new pleasure in sewing. She sewed a lot for her grandkids and then helped them with their sewing projects. After the grandkids no longer needed her sewing for them she made blankets and gave them away to veterans and hospitals for children. Even in retirement, Norma continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.

      Norma passed away on August 5, 2018 at She was found in bed on Sunday morning at her home. We believe it was cardiac attack. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, two brothers and several sister in laws. Services were held at St Paul Lutheran Church by North Star. Norma was laid to rest in St Paul Lutheran Church's cemetery close to North Star, Ohio next to her husband.

      Norma was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Norma always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Norma was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Norma Jean Rismiller.