NORMA JEAN CRIMI
August 30, 1931 – January 4, 2022
SOUTH BEND, IN- Norma Jean Crimi, 90, of South Bend, Indiana went to be with the Lord January 4, 2022. Born in Arkwright, NY to Benjamin and Helen Davis on August 30, 1931. Norma graduated from Fredonia High School in NY. She attended Zion Bible College in East Providence, Rhode Island where she met her husband, Leonard Crimi. After graduation they married on June 19, 1954, in Fredonia, NY. Norma and Leonard dedicated their lives to serving others for the Lord by assisting in church planting in Rhode Island and surrounding states. They helped with Street Children’s Ministries missions in NY, missions for the Indian reservation in Silver Creek, NY. They ministered God’s Word and lead praise and worship in many nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Uplifting the spirits of so many people who needed encouragement. Norma also worked as a Ward Secretary for Elkhart General Hospital, and worked in maintenance and custodial for 16 years for Elkhart Community Schools.
She was involved in many church groups, prayer, and loved reading and studying The Bible. Norma loved spending time in her garden and sharing all that she grew with anyone in need. She loved a good joke and always had a good one to share as well.
Norma had a great “gift of hospitality,” that brought a diverse group of people to her dinner table, that included family, friends and those in need of some love. Norma especially loved spending time with her family and friends.
Her favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:31…”They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not be faint.” Norma’s family that preceded her in death; her parents Benjamin and Helen Davis, husband Leonard Crimi, grandson Andrew Crimi, brother Paul & sister-in-law Dorothy Davis, brother Edward Davis, son Mark Crimi, and nephew Mike Davis. Norma is survived by, siblings: Shirley Huff of NY, Oliver (Irene) Davis of NY, daughters: Lenore Crimi of Elkhart, Carmela Crimi of South Bend, daughter-in-law Jackie Crimi of Elkhart, grandchildren Robert (Heather) Brockie, Anthony Elkins, Brandon Crimi, Auston Crimi; Great Grandchildren: Eli, Zek and Malachi Elkins: Close family friends, Tikkri, Christopher, Nicholas Knarr, Lauren Gonzales and their families.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care in lieu of flowers.
Funeral services for Norma will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday January 7, 2022, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family for 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Pastor Keith McFarren with Bethel United Methodist Church will preside. There will be no burial service, Norma will be laid to rest at Prairie Street Cemetery, 401 E. Hively Ave. Elkhart, IN.