Monday, October 7, 2013

Norma Jean Geoppner Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Norma Jean Geoppner Gardner, 87, of 160 Seneca Street passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 28, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio the daughter of the late John A. and Isabel J. (Guthrie) Geiss. On February 2, 1949 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Wellsville, she married William John Geoppner Jr. who predeceased her on January 4, 1999. On October 18, 2000 she married Robert G. Gardner who predeceased her on February 16, 2005.

Norma was a 1944 Graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Rider College in Trenton, NJ. She and Bill raised their family at 281 N. Main Street and she also resided at 153 W. State Street in Wellsville before moving to the Highland Health Care Center. She began her career at the First Trust Union Bank in Wellsville in 1964 and retired in 1984 as the Assistant Vice President for Student Loans and the Consumer Credit Department. She was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for over 30 years and St. John's Episcopal Church.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel (Rita) Geoppner of Wellsville and William (Sally) Geoppner of Angelica, four grandsons, Alex, Jason, Jeremy and Christopher Geoppner and one granddaughter, Anne Campbell, seven great grandchildren, three stepsons, Robert, Steve and Donald Gardner, three stepdaughters, Sherry Andrews, Sandy Macrone and Mary Ruch, and a devoted friend, Gail Wolcott of Scio. She was predeceased by a stepson. Brian Gardner on August 30, 2008.

A private graveside ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery is being planned for a later date and there will be on prior visitation. Memorial donations in Norma's memory are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. RIP Miss Norma Jean. Thank You so much for all the things you talked me through! You will be greatly missed!

  2. Norma: We go back a long way. You were like a 2nd mother to me. For some reason you always seemed to understand me. Sleep in peace. Pat

  3. Norma, Thanks for always having my back. You were such a big part of our family. I will miss you.


  4. Kim & Pam
    You will be missed Norma. Our thoughts go out to Norma's children, family & close friends.

  5. I only became aquainted with Norma recently at Highland Nursing Care. I spoke with her last Thursday. She asked how I was & I asked the same of her. I commented how pretty the drapes were in her room and was glad to see she had a room that was just for her. It must have given her some peace and happiness to have it. She held onto her dignity right to the end. I was surprised and sorry to learn of her passing. I would liked to have gotten to know her better. I extend my sympathies to all those who were close to her. May she be free now of all her sufferings and be at peace.

    My mother Marian is at Hyland that is how I first met Norma.