Norma J. Starkey

THOMPSON TWP. – Norma J. Starkey, age 95, of Thompson Township, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Dec. 3, 2021, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in Claridon Township.

Born on April 17, 1926, in Painesville, she was the daughter of the late Iva Grace (nee Behm) and Lewis Chaffe. She married William Starkey on July 1, 1950. She was a 1944 graduate of Thompson High School and attended college at Baldwin Wallace.

Norma was a lifelong Thompson resident and member of Thompson United Methodist Church, where she was the volunteer organist for more than 50 years, retiring on Dec. 24, 2016, at the age of 90.

She Enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and traveling. She was a loyal and devoted supporter of Ledgemont Schools, making scrubbies as a fundraiser for many years. She was also a former accounting clerk at Uniroyal, where she met Bill and was also a teller at Huntington Bank.

Most of all, Norma loved spending time with her family.

Following the loss of her husband, Bill, she continued to travel to Florida with her family. She always hated to see each family leave. She was also an advocate for her grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren’s activities, as she attended many sporting events, concerts, graduations and horse shows.

She also loved The Great Geauga County Fair. She was always on the go with a big smile on her face.

Norma is survived by her daughters, Laura Schwarz, of Painesville, Karen (Ted) Ogle, of Madison; sons, William (Roberta) R. Starkey, of Independence, Michael (Cheri Davies) R. Starkey, of Mentor; grandchildren, Andrea (Todd) Bush, Erik (Michelle) Siska, Michelle (Jay) Richmond, Michael (Monica Byram) Starkey II, Sarah (Matt) Bott, Rebecca (Jason) Bratton, Ashley (Brian Sferra) Warmington, Kelley (Timmy) Herman; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Eleanor Chaffe.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Starkey; sisters, Muriel A. Moseley, of Thompson, Iva June Olds, of Madison; brothers, Stuart Chaffe, of Cedarville, Ohio, Richard  B. Chaffe, of Painesville; brother-in-law, Charles Moseley; and sister-in-law Alberta Chaffe.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021, at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2021, at Thompson United Methodist Church, 6758 Madison Road, Thompson.

Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thompson United Methodist Church or the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Norma’s name.

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