Norma Dean Heitz, age 92 of Madison, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Hickory Creek Heathcare Facility in Madison, Indiana. Born September 10, 1928 in Madison, Indiana, she was the fourth child of Charles “Dewey” and Jesse Mae (Buchanan) Holt and was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles “Bud” and William “Bill”, and two sisters, Anna Margaret and Doris Lee.
Norma was raised on a farm on Copeland Ridge in Jefferson County. She graduated from Central High School in 1946. After high school, she worked in Downtown Madison and married the love of her life, Bernard Heitz, on June 21, 1952. They had three sons and three daughters and Norma devoted her life to ensuring all her children excelled in their education and lives. Norma joined Bernard in the family business, Heitz Sign Company, and was an integral part of managing and growing the company.
Norma was a dedicated member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and was active in the women’s auxillary. She was also a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Democratic Party, and Historic Madison Docents.
After raising her children, Norma traveled the world with her devoted husband, Bernard. They loved flying Bernard’s Piper Comanche throughout the US as well as driving to their favorite casinos, cities, and national parks. Together, they enjoyed their lives to the fullest and challenged each other nearly every evening with a game of gin rummy.
Norma was a much admired and iconic woman of her favorite place, Madison. She was always impeccably dressed and mesmerized all with her wit and charm. With her many gifts of spirit, she spread her kindness and acceptance throughout her community. She was extraordinarily loved and respected by her family and friends.
Survivors include her children: Patrick Henry Heitz of Madison; Susan Culbreth and her husband, Alan, of Madison; Lynn Heitz McKay and her husband, Steve, of Madison; Connie Heitz and her husband, Patrick Pohlman of Kirkwood, MO; John Heitz and his wife, Lori of Madison; and Joseph Heitz and his wife, Julie of Crestwood, KY; twelve grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Meredith, Luke and his wife Belinda, Aimee and her husband Leonty, Matthew and his wife, Chelsea, Adam, John, Jack, Sam, William, Oliver, Ted and Lucy; four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; many loved nieces and nephews; and the David Paden Family of Plymouth, MI.
Due to COVID-19 a private family funeral mass will be conducted on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Burial will follow in the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church Steeple Fund or Girls, Inc., both in Madison, Indiana. Donations may be made below.
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