Norma Jean Winkleblack

November 2, 1926 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Norma Winkleblack Obituary

Norma Jean Winkleblack, 97, passed away Friday, January 12, 2024, at her home. Norma was born November 2, 1926, in Charleston to Harold and Virginia (Meyers) Snyder.  She married Robert Glen Winkleblack on June 20, 1947; the couple made their home in Charleston all their lives.

Norma began a long career at Eastern Illinois University in 1948 and served as Administrative Assistant to five EIU presidents before retiring in 1987.  Always a proponent of education, Norma was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in 1983 from Eastern Illinois University.  Even after retirement, Norma gave of herself to the EIU and Charleston community.  She was designated an “Honorary Archivist” in 1989 for spearheading the effort to establish Eastern’s archives.  She served as President and Board member of the Coles County Historical Society and worked many years organizing and cataloging collections at their Research Center.   Norma received a Founders Day Award in 1994 from the Coles County Genealogical Society for her work preserving history and artifacts relating to the county. She was a member of the KO Chapter of PEO.  Norma was also an active member of Enon Baptist Church and served in many roles, including historian, there.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Robert Glen; her parents; two brothers, Jim Snyder and Harold Snyder Jr.; two sisters Marcia Troy and Myrtle Bayes.  Left to cherish her memory are brother Joe Snyder and sister-in-law Jan (Jim) Synder; two sons, Robert W. Winkleblack and wife Carole and David M. Winkleblack and wife Laura; six grandchildren, Thais, Katie, David, and Claire Winkleblack, Nick and Ben Winkleblack; six greatgrandchildren, Julius and Simone Winkleblack, Theo and Eloise Winkleblack, Juniper Cravens and Rosalee Winkleblack.

We will remember Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings in Charleston or Iowa, vacations in Oregon and Borrego Springs, CA, trips to help out with remodeling projects or to witness a grandchild’s graduation or wedding. Time spent together was chief among Norma’s pleasures, and her family was the beneficiary of her energy, generosity, and steadfast love.

Adams Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  A memorial service will be held at Enon Baptist Church, rural Ashmore, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, with visitation at 12:00 p.m. and a reception in the church hall following the service. Inurnment will be in Enon Cemetery.

Memorials in Norma Winkleblack’s honor may be directed to the EIU Foundation, 860 E. Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920, designated for the Robert and Norma Winkleblack Scholarship.

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