Date of Death:  March 6, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Dan Lane officiating. She will be laid to rest in Lower Flatbush Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Norma Jean (Tackaberry) Arnett, 81, of Three Rivers, passed into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on Monday, March 6, 2023 at Birch Meadows Senior Living with her family by her side.

She was born April 30, 1941 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Loran and Beatrice (Riggs) Tackaberry. She graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1959.

On May 1, 1960, Norma married Lee Arnett. The couple shared nearly 56 years of marriage before his passing in December 2015. Through the years they enjoyed traveling to different places throughout the country. After their retirements they particularly enjoyed traveling to Punta Gorda, Florida for the winter in their motor home.

Norma worked for the Three Rivers Community School system for 28 years. She took a position as a bus driver for the school so that she could spend time with her children while they were out of school for summer breaks and holidays. She would later add to her duties the position of secretary in that department before moving up to Supervisor of transportation. She loved the roles she undertook and especially the children and her co-workers.

Norma was a kind and loving soul. Her smile and the twinkle in her eyes lit up the room. She had the patience and kindness of a saint. When her children were young, she was also a 4-H leader and an EMT for the Three Rivers ambulance service.

Throughout the years she had many hobbies and could tackle any task. Woodcrafting, flower gardening, crocheting, needle point, sewing, or working in the yard, just to name a few. She always stayed busy doing something. There was no time to sit idle.

She bowled for many years on the Monday night ladies bowling league and was an avid golfer all of her life. After retirement she could be spotted on the golf course several days a week.

Norma was a member of the Three Rivers Eagles #2303 acquiring Golden Eagle status. She was also a member of the Three Rivers Classic & Antique Restorers (C.A.R.) Club. Their 1973 Ford Mustang convertible being her favorite classic they owned.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her son, Robert “Bob” (Mindy) Arnett; daughter, Theresa “Teri” (Tom) Wilkins; grandchildren, Jessica Arnett (Ellery Doolen), Margaret (Kevin) Dick; Rachel (Ryan) Avery, Devin Wilkins, and Joshua (Sarah) Wilkins; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Geller. And many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee; brothers, Tommy, Maurice, and James “Jimmy” Tackaberry; sisters, Joan Tackaberry and Nancy Wilcox.

Additional Information

Donations in Norma’s memory may be directed to Centrica Care Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Oh Teri I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing last month! My heart goes out to you all and I’ll be praying for God’s comfort to your whole family! I’m sorry I didn’t notice this sooner! My last name has changed but I’m Brett’s mom (from the Pulver Road Gang ☺️) Anyway your mom sure was a beautiful lady! I know how you feel too because I lost my mom in October of last year. Much love to you! I miss chatting with you!!

  2. So very sorry to hear that Norma has passed on. I don’t think I’ve talked with her since I retired, she stopped by the going away party. I have known Norma since 1985 as a collegue in public school transportation and ultimately working with her at Three Rivers Schools. Norma was a great person and always stopped by to say hi when she had the time, she will be greatly missed by many people, Rest in peace, Norma.
    My thoughts and prayers for the
    family, please accept my condolences.

  3. Teri and family , I’m so to hear about your mom passing. She was always a sweet happy lady. Now she is reunited with your dad! My thoughts and prayers are with you all !!!

  4. I’m sorry to learn about Norma’s passing and pray your family will find peace knowing her pain and suffering is over. I didn’t know about her passing until after the service, or would have been there. Our “Tackaberry family” is now few and far between.

  5. So very sorry to hear the loss of your mom. Such a beautiful lady to be around, she would stop by my store often just to chat sometimes. I always enjoy our visits. Prayers and hugs are with you and your family ⚘

  6. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Skip worked with Norma at the bus garage and we knew Norma and Lee from the Eagles Club. Skip and I have many good memories of them both. We are sorry for your loss. May she have Eternal Rest.

  7. Prayers for you Teri and your whole family.
    Norma was so special to me. I have always shared that she was the BEST boss I have ever had as well as a good friend.
    I have such great memories of Norma and so many of the bus garage family that I will always hold dear to my heart.
    May God give you all peace at this time.

  8. What a beautiful lady. We all miss her so much at Birch Meadows. We have so many great pictures and memories. It was such an Honor and privilege to care for her in her time of need.
    Thankful to have met all of you. You are in our prayers

  9. Rest in peace Norma. Lee and Norma were neighbors and friends of ours. They were good people and we are saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. To her family please accept our most sincere condolences.

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