Norma Jean Rager, 93, of rural Roann, died at 1:40 a.m., Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at her home. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in South Bend, to Floyd and Josephine “Jo” (Shipley) Fruitt.
She married Todd S. Rager at the Peabody Chapel in North Manchester Feb. 23, 1947; he died April 3, 2016.
She is survived by seven children, John Rager of Roann, Rick (Cheryl) Rager of Bremen; Larry (Sonya) Rager of Silver Lake; Tom (Janis) Rager of Peru; Donna Fowerbaugh of North Manchester; Tammy Carter and Jeff (Natalie) Rager, both of Roann; 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Dan (Debbie) Fruitt of North Manchester; Carol Sue Richards of Noblesville; Janet Michael of Warrenville, Ill.; Janene (Tony) Batta of Lafayette; Sharon (Jim) Dunnick of Columbia City; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fruitt of West Lafayette; and Adeline Fruitt of Florida.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel is in charge of arrangements.