Norma Jean Rager, 93

Norma Jean Rager, 93, of rural Roann, died at 1:40 a.m., Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 31, 1927, in South Bend, to Floyd and Josephine "Jo" (Shipley) Fruitt.

Norma was a 1946 graduate of Laketon High School. She married Todd S. Rager at the Peabody Chapel in North Manchester, on Feb. 23, 1947; he died April 3, 2016.

She worked at Mr. Dave's Restaurant and retired from Peabody Retirement Community, both in North Manchester. Norma was a former member of the Jolly Janes Home Ec Club for more than 50 years. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and gardening.
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. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Leon Fruitt, Eldon Fruitt, and Ron Fruitt, sister, Joan Franklin, and great-grandson, Chase Tennant.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester.

Preferred memorial is Parkview Hospice.

The memorial guest book for Norma may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Sep 29