Norma Jean Pottenger, 85

Norma Jean Pottenger, 85, formerly of Wabash, went home to be with the Lord at 5:25 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2016, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. 

She was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Wabash, to Charles and Goldie (Hiatt) Durham.

Norma was a 1949 graduate of Wabash High School.  She married Everett R. Pottenger in Angola, on June 18, 1955; he died June 21, 1975. 

Norma was a secretary at Wabash Magnetics, Wabash City Schools, and Custom Cartons in Wabash retiring in 1993.  She was a long-time member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing cards. 

Norma lived at Peabody Retirement Community since 2008, going from Wabash where she lived most of her life. 

She is survived by two daughters, Eileen (Stephan) Gross of Peru, and Ann (Greg) Livengood of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Nichole (Chad) Gardner of Glen Rose, Texas, Angela Gross, Joseph (Rhonda) Gross, and Stephanie Gross, all of Peru; Sara Livengood and Shannon Livengood, both of Fort Wayne; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlin and Jacob Gardner of Glen Rose, and Jaylin Morris and  Joshua Hall, both of Peru.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Rex Durham.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Sue Babovec officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 12:30 - 2 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

The memorial guest book for Norma may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Jun 07