Norma June Kyler, 86, Clermont, Fla., formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Parkview Randallia, Fort Wayne, where she had been a resident for the past week.
She was born June 1, 1931 in Whitley County, Indiana, a daughter of the late Esta G. and Opal (Lancaster) Arnold. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley, where she graduated from South Whitley High School in 1949.
On May 6, 1950 she was united in marriage to Lynn Eugene Kyler. They made their home in rural Columbia City. In 1998, the couple moved to Clermont, Fla.
In addition to being a full-time homemaker raising their four children, she worked for the former Parker’s Restaurant, Columbia City, and various dress shops in Fort Wayne.
Growing up during the depression era, she developed a strong work ethic by caring for her siblings after school and during the summers. She is fondly remembered by her children as the “clean bee.” Encouraged by her parents to develop musical talents, she played the saxophone in high school and was an accomplished pianist and organist, playing for her church.
She was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran and Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City and a current member of Woodlands Lutheran Church in Florida. She enjoyed being outside working in her flower garden and landscaping around the house.
She is survived by her husband, Lynn; four children: Melanie Pressler, Columbia City; Patrick (Barbara) Kyler, Columbia City; Timothy (Xiaowei) Kyler, Columbia City; and Melinda (Ronald) Puckett, Larwill; 10 grandchildren,17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother: Edward (Edna) Arnold; and a sister: Doris J. Hurd, both of South Whitley.
Additionally, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Betty Lou Jackson and Connie Lee Snyder; and two brothers: James and Charles “Larry” Arnold.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City at a later date.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City.