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Norma A. Gantner, 100, of Kansas City, formally Indianapolis, passed away Oct. 1, 2016.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, a daughter of the late John F. Gantner and Elaine Williams. In 1926, Norma along with her older sister Frances and little brother traveled by train to live with their Aunt Marie and Uncle Ed. She graduated Rushville High School in 1934.
Norma set off to New York to attend design school in 1947. She worked in the fashion industry as a First Designer for such Fashion Houses as Christian Dior, Adele Simpson, etc. She then went to work for McCall's Patterns, for 18 years, traveling all over the U.S and producing fashion shows, including 8 years with various Miss America's. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Indianapolis.
Left to cherish her memory are her nephew, H. Edward Straley of Kansas City and niece, Shirley Gantner of Southern California.
Preceding her in death were a sister Frances and brother John.
A Mass of Christian Burial and will be held 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Burial will follow at Rushville's Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Little Sisters of the Poor 2345 W. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN 46260; or St. John's College Campus Ministry 126 W. Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46225.
Published on October 4, 2016
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