Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Norbert S. Lenzmeier

Norbert S. Lenzmeier, age 93, formerly River View Drive, Shelby, died Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Ontario Commons (formerly The Gables) in Ontario.

He was born August 23, 1915 in Shakopee, Minnesota the son of the late Hubert and Kathrine (Erkens) Lenzmeier. He was a 1933 graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Norbert served in the Field Artillery in the U. S. Army in World War II. He and his wife, Helen, owned and operated Lenzmeier’s Store for Men in Shelby from 1954-1964 and in Mansfield from 1964-1999. Norbert was the first merchant in Shelby to introduce Sidewalk Sales and the Shoppers Charge Card and had been the Vice President of the Merchants Association at the former Mansfield Square Shopping Center. In addition to the store, they were also an agent for the Ohio State Lottery for 25 years, retiring in 1999.

He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Shelby Knights of Columbus Council #1968 and Fr. Clement Falter Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in Mansfield, Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post #326, Mansfield Moose Lodge, Mansfield AmVets, and the Pandora Dance Club in Mansfield.

Norbert’s life was marked by a truly deep and abiding love for his late wife, Helen, and his family, with a special warmth of spirit, integrity and sincere purpose.

Norbert is survived by his daughter and Son-in-law, Judith E. and Gary R. Stroup of Mansfield; a daughter-in-law, Diana Lenzmeier of Westerville; 2 grandchildren, Karen Fickeisen and her fiancé, Rick Newbanks of Westerville and Amy and Derick Ruff of Westerville; a great grandson, Austin Fickeisen; a sister-in-law, Gloria Lind of Margate, Florida; His feline companion, Chessie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his dear wife, Helen V. (Kulander) Lenzmeier, his son, Jeffrey Lenzmeier, a son-in-law, James D. Williams, his step mother, Anna (Betz) Lenzmeier, a half brother, Arnold Lenzmeier, 4 sisters, Cordelia Chapman, Helen Huber, Esther Roeder, and Eleanor Feany.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:45 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church, on West Street, in Shelby with Father Nick Cunningham and Father Christopher Bazar officiating. Entombment will be in Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Cemetery with military honors. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary School in Shelby, Med Central Hospice, or Mid Ohio Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 3842, Mansfield, Ohio 44907
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  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Norbert Lenzmeier
    Your_Name: TLC Home Health of Ohio, Inc.


    To the family of Norbert;
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness, You are in our deepest sympathy. God Bless….
    Family_of: Norbert Lenzmier
    Your_Name: Homer and Nancy Baldridge

    Date: 08-09-30


    Judith and family, We pray God comfort you in this time of loss. No matter how long our lovedones are with us we wish it could be for a little while longer. Nancy

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