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Norma Jean Rigney

April 15, 1929 — February 26, 2024


Norma Jean Rigney, a cherished wife, devoted mother, and beloved grandmother, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2024, in Franklin, Indiana, at the age of 94. She was born on April 15, 1929, to Elmer and Orena Ladd, and her journey through life was marked by love, laughter, and boundless kindness.

After graduating from Ben Davis High School, Norma embarked on a fulfilling career as a bookkeeper for A&P grocery stores in Indianapolis. Her dedication and hard work earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and friends alike, and she retired from her position after many years of service.

In 1941, fate intervened when Norma met the love of her life, Lonnie Rigney, while riding the bus to work. Their love story unfolded beautifully, leading to 75 years of marriage filled with shared joys and cherished memories. Together, they were blessed with three children: Ronnie Rigney (Bridget), Donnie Rigney, and Bonnie Badagnani (Dave), who brought immeasurable joy into their lives.

Norma was a loving sister to Frank, Betty and baby brother Pete Ladd and grandmother to nine grandchildren: Lori Giesting, Donnie Rigney, Doug Rigney, Shane Kelly-Rigney, Angie Blaize, Carri Freije, Brittany Propp, Brianne Rigney and Brooke Rigney. Her legacy extended further with the blessing of fifteen great-grandchildren and fifteen great -great-grandchildren, each one a testament to the love and warmth she shared.

Retirement brought new adventures for Norma and Lonnie, as they enjoyed their country home and pontoon boat in Cataract Falls, Indiana. Their wanderlust led them to explore the open road in a camper, seeking out new experiences and creating lasting memories together. Eventually, they settled in the Rose Bay retirement community in Port Orange, Florida, where they embraced beach life and cherished moments spent with friends and family.

Among her many passions, Norma was a devoted Nascar fan, with a particular love for the Daytona 500. She cheered enthusiastically for Indiana's own Jeff Gordon, finding joy in the thrill of each race.

Norma Jean Rigney will be fondly remembered for her kindness, generosity, and unwavering love for her family. Her legacy of love and laughter will continue to live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

A celebration of Norma's life will be held at Flanner Buchanan-Floral Park on March 9, 2024, visitation from 11:00 am to 1 pm, service to follow at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the preferred Alzheimer's Association or Dementia Society of America in Norma's honor.

As we mourn her passing, let us also rejoice in the beautiful memories she leaves behind and find comfort in knowing that she has found eternal peace in the embrace of her loved ones who passed before her. Norma is reunited with the love of her life, her best friend and husband, Lonnie Rigney, and her beloved grandson, Douglas Rigney.

May she rest in peace, her spirit forever cherished and her memory forever treasured.




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