Norma D Garard

August 9, 1934 - August 9, 2019
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Norma Garard of Venice, FL passed away on August 9, 2019 at her residence in Venice.  Norma was born in Sutter, IL on August 9, 1934 her life ending exactly 85 years after her birth date.  She was the daughter of Martin J. Humke and Leota Dowdall Humke.  Norma’s parents were farmers and she attended grade school at a one room school for all eight grades.

Norma went to High School in Warsaw, IL where she met her future husband Jim Garard.  She went on to Western Illinois University where she earned her Associate Degree and her elementary school Teachers Certificate.  She taught elementary education in Warsaw, IL and Maryland Heights, MO schools.  She married Jim Garard June 5th, 1955 and the family lived in Willard, OH and Crawfordsville, IN.  They retired to Nokomis, FL in 1993 where they lived until moving to Venice in 2016.

She continued her teaching career and also raised three daughters, Kathy Nine of Nokomis, FL, Judy Rowland (David) of North Redington Beach, FL, and Karen Hilt (John), Eustis, FL.  Her family includes six grand-children, Wendy (Birl) Noe, Mandy (Shawn) Blaich, Eric Nine, Kelsey Hilt, Cory (Samantha) Hilt, and Brack (Jaci) Rowland, six great-grand-children, and one great-great-grand-child.

Norma enjoyed playing golf and bridge.  But her main interest was her family and spending time with them and encouraging their activities and accomplishments.  She was a member of Venice Presbyterian Church.  Her activities included support of Venice Theatre, Tampa Bay Symphony, Venice Symphony and the Venice Concert Band.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her daughter, Karen Hilt.  A Memorial Service will be held at Venice Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 17th at 2:00 pm.  The family requests that any memorials be made to Venice Presbyterian Church or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm

Venice Presbyterian Church


111 Firenze Avenue E., , Venice, FL, 34285

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Born: August 9, 1934
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Darlene (Beeler) Padgett posted on 8/15/19

Jim and Family: So sorry to hear of Norma's passing. You have my deepest sympathy.


Patricia Harris posted on 8/13/19

Thinking of you and your family, Jim. David and Pat Harris


Nancy Coyle posted on 8/13/19

Dear Kathy Nine, This is Nancy Coyle, Hank's wife, wanting to offer sincere condolences with the loss of your Mother. There's never a good time in life to say goodbye to your Mother. I know it isn't easy. Just wanted you to know there are people in Crawfordsville remembering her and you this morning. Sending love and peace to you.


Dr Charles J. Garard posted on 8/12/19

Dear Brother: Again, please accept my condolences regarding your loving wife Norma. I have sent a sympathy card, but I will mention again my fond memories of being with Norma in the evenings in Willard Ohio, usually joking about what was on TV. My love goes with you during this trying time. Sincerely, Chukk Garard


Sally Pierce posted on 8/12/19

Such a gracious lady . Have great memories of me helping with meals at race time. When they moved to Florida I would come visit and we had the best time shopping and talking. She was always sweet to me. I’ll miss her.