Norleen Edwards

Norleen E. Edwards (Ohlinger)

Thursday, May 31st, 1928 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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Norleen Ohlinger Edwards, 91, of New Holland, formerly of Terre Hill, died Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Garden Spot Village. Her husband, John M. “Jack” Edwards, survives. They were married for over 70 years.

Born in Mohnton, she was the daughter of the late Wayne E. and Lillian M. (Hartman) Ohlinger.

She was a member of The Community Church of Garden Spot Village and a former member of Evangelical United Methodist Church, New Holland. She enjoyed sewing and needle work and family gatherings.

Norleen worked as an office manager and secretary at Terre Hill Manufacturing Company. She ended this work to raise her children. After they were grown, she attended Penn State Berks Campus where she took courses in Real Estate. She was employed by Slaugh-Fagan, Ephrata.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons: John W. married to Sara (Gundel) Edwards, Lancaster and Richard A. married to Margaret “Peg” (Mohler) Edwards, Narvon, three grandchildren: Katie married to Matthew Deets, Samuel Edwards and Brian married to Lindsay (Meeks) Edwards and six great-grandchildren: Allison, Lucas, Emily, Jacob, Grey and Geneva.

Her service will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Garden Spot Village Chapel, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557 with Chaplain Chet Yoder officiating. Friends will be received at the chapel on Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. in Terre Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, address above. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Garden Spot Village Chapel
    433 S. Kinzer Ave.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 10:30am
    Garden Spot Village Chapel
    433 S. Kinzer Ave.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chester Yoder
  • Interment

    Terre Hill Cemetery
    105 W. Main St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will be Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.


Donations are being accepted for: Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.


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Francie Boggs

Posted at 07:49pm
Aunt Norleen was my sweet great aunt. I spent the first 5 years of my life living a little over a block away. Her home was always open. One of my early memories was of her registering participants for the Terre Hill Halloween parade at a card table on her front porch.
Another was of her and Uncle Jack going out dancing with their polka club. She was so happy about it and was showing off her sassy dancing dress, twirling like a young girl!
Just before our wedding, I got my dress back from the person who altered it for me. It didn't fit well at all. Aunt Norleen had taken some tailoring classes and tried to save it. She was so disappointed she couldn't improve it. I appreciated her trying. She made me feel good even though we both knew it was a mess. I can't remember exactly what she said but whatever it was carried me through.
In the late 90's, Lorin and I brought our young family to the Christmas eve party at Jack and Norleen's. Soon after our arrival, LeAnn, our oldest daughter, showed signs of a virus. Aunt Norleen put her in her own bed and told me not to worry about it. Our daughter Amy sang a solo she learned in school. Aunt Norleen remembered it for the next 20 years! By the end of the night, Emily, our youngest, was also sick. I was apologizing and Aunt Norleen set me straight. She told me everyone was always welcome at her house. She meant it. She set an example of love and hospitality, of finding joy in life and especially in her family.

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