Norma  Colwell

Norma J. Colwell

Monday, October 7th, 1929 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Norma Jane Colwell

Norma Jane Colwell, age 90, of Sidney, NE entered into eternal rest May 14, 2020. A Graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Monday from 9-11:00 A.M. to leave condolences for the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Norma’s name to the donor’s choice. You may view Norma’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos, and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Norma’s care and funeral arrangements.
Norma was born to Glen and Neva (Corwin) Colwell on October 7, 1929 in Chadron, NE. Norma’s parents divorced when she was 6 years of age. Norma attended Crawford school thru the 3rd grade then she remained at home until the age of 11 when she was taken to Beatrice, NE to the Regional Institution where she resided for 30 years. In 1970 she was moved to Norfolk, NE to a smaller Regional Center for 3 years. She moved again to Auburn, NE to another Regional Center for 3 years. In 1976 the movement of moving folks with intellectual developmental disabilities into community centers was prevalent so at this time Norma came to the Sidney program. Region I Office of Human Development (back then referred to as OMR). Norma was a laborer at Panhandle Products and Recycling and was a great worker! She could out work anybody else from assembling reels to cleaning floors.
Norma loved spending time socializing and would take all opportunities to do so with her friends, whether that be at the First United Methodist Church where she was a member for 33 years, traveling to visit Patty Welk and family, at the Congregate meals or out playing Bingo!
Norma is survived by her dear friends Scott, Patty and Robyn Welk, and family of Grand Island, NE as well as all the members of Office of Human Development. She will be remembered and missed dearly.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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  • Service

    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 11:30am
    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Graveside services at 11:30a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Corey Jenkins from The First United Methodist Church officiating.
    Pastor Corey Jenkins
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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Tom Hyde

Posted at 10:24pm
I have such fond memories of Norma, Birthday parties at the workshop and Christmas parties at the group home. I was blessed to know her. Rev. Tom Hyde

Lisa Bickford Posted at 08:55pm

Thank you, Tom.

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