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Norma Jean Markel

1933 - 2021


Norma Jean Markel, 87 of Laurelville, formerly of Chillicothe passed from this life on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her residence following a brief illness.  She joins the love of her life, Dick, together again in Heaven.


Jean was born July 28, 1933 in Kingston, Ohio, the youngest of 5 children born to Darl and Bessie (Wiley) Miller.  She was united in marriage to Richard L. “Dick” Markel on April 24, 1953. Dick preceded her in death March 7, 2020.

Surviving is her daughter, Melody (Todd) Young, Laurelville; her grandson, William (Kassie) Young, serving our country in Italy; her granddaughter, Brandy (Scott) Young, Gilbert, AZ; her special bonus grandchildren, Nikki, Dillon and Ridge Young; her great-grandchildren, Elliott and Eastynn Young and Braden Sams; numerous nieces and nephews; a special brother-in-law, Shirley Stant, and her First Wesleyan Church food committee family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Mindy Markel in April, 1996 and her siblings, Esther Pickelsimer, Florence Andrick, Helen Stant and Dale Miller.

Jean was a retired employee of U.S. Shoe and had worked at the Old Canal Stop with Dick for many years, where she loved meeting and connecting with friends every morning.  She was an active member of the First Wesleyan Church for many years and helped start the Bereavement Food Committee in the early 1980’s.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Adena Hospice, especially Jody and Kelly.

To keep everyone safe, the family has chosen not to hold any services at this time.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Adena Hospice.  The Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.


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Gloria Stevens

April 26, 2021 2:41 PM

Love and prayers for the family.  Jean was a great friend.  From the time she moved in next door to Bruce & I, it was like we had know Jean & Dick forever.  After they went to live with Mel & Todd, I went to visit when I could.  thank you Mel for that.   God puts people in your life for a reason, and I am so glad that He put them in mine.   Will miss her dearly.

Mike Smith

April 17, 2021 4:02 PM

Love and prayers to the family. Jean was a honey and a great friend over many years. While she and Dick will be missed in this life, heaven will be eternal for all who profess Christ as their Savior. See you soon to my precious friends- The Markels.

Rita Hardesty

April 17, 2021 3:40 PM

Deepest sympathy to the family. I always enjoyed time spent with Dick and Jean at school functions for Bill. They were a great couple.

Debbie Markel Gillum

April 17, 2021 11:54 AM

She was a loving and giving person , so sorry for your loss   Debbie Markel Gillum

Stacey Green

April 16, 2021 7:08 PM

I am so sad & sorry to hear/see about Jean's passing.I have known her,Sick  & their family since I was a baby.They were great friends of my grandma Green that also was a member the same church.Them & their family would  come to grandma's   house to go swimming in her pool.They all were very nice people. I would  also see Jean & Sick in @ kroger when I was working . Thoughts & prayers to the family.😢💔

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