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Norman J. Singleton

Monday, January 25, 2010

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Norman J. Singleton, 99, Carmel, and a former Linton resident, passed away Jan. 1, 2010, the day of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Blessed Mother was an inspiration to Norman and guided his life.

Born July 29, 1910 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late John M. and Elizabeth T. (Schele) Singleton and brother of Art and Phil (now deceased).

Norman was a loving husband, devoted father, and selfless caretaker whose grace and faith sustained his family. He married Virginia E. Shultz of Fort Wayne in 1938. They moved from Fort Wayne to Linton in 1952 when Norman was assigned to help open the new General Electric plant as plant accountant. He and Virginia raised their four children, David, Jay, Jim and Beth, in Linton and were active in the community. Norman helped organize the Linton Knights of Columbus Council and was a member for 50 years. He was president of the Linton Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Housing Authority. He was proud of being treasurer of the Linton Swimming Pool Corporation, to build the Linton swimming pool to help keep children safe. He also served as treasurer of the School Building Corporation. In 1969, the Civitan Club honored Norman as "Mr. Citizen of Linton." While at GE he received the company's Gerald L. Phillippe Award for distinguished public service.

Virginia passed away in 1983 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Linton. Norman later moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and married his college friend Mary Hoover Gilbert, who also preceded him in death. From Arizona, Norman moved to Carmel, Ind., to be near his children Beth and Jim who lived in the area.

A 1933 business graduate of Butler University, Norman was the first in his family to complete college. He worked for General Electric for 40 years starting as a messenger boy while a student at Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne. He retired in 1975 as manager of finance from the Linton plant where he worked for 23 years.

In retirement, Norman stayed very active until his health deteriorated. He loved elder hostel trips and traveling. He volunteered for a community development project in Jamaica where he helped teachers and students develop accounting and business skills.

Throughout his life, Norman was an active member of the church. In Linton, he was a beloved teacher and leader at St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he and Virginia raised their children. When he moved to Carmel he became a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, and he also attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. In addition to participating in Bible discussion groups for the last several years, he led the rosary at a Carmel nursing home.

Norman is survived by his children David N. Singleton, Indianapolis; John J. (Carol Arnold) Singleton, Houston, Texas; James F. (Judy Hinshaw) Singleton, Indianapolis; Elizabeth A. Singleton (Steve Nelson), Arcadia; brother Art Singleton; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and his long-time friend Patricia Strasburger, Carmel.

He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Judy Stevens Singleton.

A memorial gathering and service will be Jan. 30 at St. Peter's Catholic Church from 1-3 p.m. with the service at 3 p.m. He will be buried with his wife Virginia at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church.