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Norma L. Hanke

Hanke, Norma L. (nee Goocey), resident of Union Township, May 20, 2020 at the age of 92. Devoted wife of the late Walter "Red" Hanke (2013). Loving mother of Bob (Marie) Hanke and Marilyn "Jill" (Terry) Dubbs. Preceded in death by her father, Chester Goocey; her mother, Martha Alice Hall Goocey and her daughter Martha "Jane" Ganyon. Sister of Mavis Benjamin, Dorothy Garrison, Lillian Gire & Eva Hildebrant. Grandmother of Matt, Jenn, Sarah, Christian and the late John and Becky Jane. Great-grandmother of Elizabeth, Uli & Misha. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati.

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Norma was such a great influence on me when my husband, Bob and I came to Pioneer Creek in Florida. She taught dulcimer lessons to me with great patience. She and Red showed Bob and I around the area and took us under their wing. And, I'll never forget her peanut butter pie. She invited us over for pie one night ( and I was not a lover of peanut butter! ) but to my surprise it was the best I ever had! Such wonderful memories of a special friend.

Cheryl Conkle May 23 2020 10:10 AM

As Aunt Norma's nephew, I was one of the lucky ones who got to visit her and Uncle Red. I got to play with the "wall of toys" she had in her basement. And I got to eat the delicious corn cut off the cob that she and Uncle Red were so famous for. I got to hike and play in the woods behind her house. I got to sit by a fire with her and Uncle Red and toast marshmallows. I got to hear her play the dulcimer and the organ and tell me stories of her and my Mom. I remember the family reunions where all the sisters families signed a paper plate and ate great food. I remember when I was a kid, Aunt Norma took my brother and me to the old Coney Island and she rode all the rides with us, including the roller coaster. I remember all the times I visited her in recent years and she always taught me a new game of cards. I remember her great smile, her love of her family, her friends and her Lord. Aunt Norma was a very special person. I feel blessed to have known her. And I look forward to seeing her again soon. Richard Gire

Richard Gire May 23 2020 9:11 AM

I have so many memories from Aunt Norma, I wouldn't know where to begin. The one memory I will always keep in my heart was how she and Uncle Red loved everyone. I feel so fortunate to have had them in my life. One of the memories that comes to my mind first was actually one of her own cherished memories that she told me about. She told me many stories because I have done family history research on the family for years: This is in her own words: "The school that I attended while living at Hazard had a May Day program each May. There was always a crowning of a king and queen, and the queen needed an attendant. I was lucky to be chosen. We were in a cart and were pulled around the school yard by a pony. There was a fancy hat that went with this outfit, but it didn't make it to Ohio!" She sounded so happy and excited when telling me this story and she had such a sparkle in her eyes when telling it, that it became a treasured story to me. She will be very missed.

Alfreda Potrafke May 23 2020 6:25 AM

Norma lit up every room she entered with her smile and twinkle in her eye. She was a godly woman with a love for people. She always had a kind word and a friendly hug. I will miss her stories and her games.. she had game for sure! She loved cards and I loved her. Rest In Peace Norma or, if you decide not to rest, Give um Heaven in Heaven! :heart: love Rita and Larry Brohman

Rita Brohman May 22 2020 11:08 PM