Norma J. Ward

Norma J. Ward

Barnesville - Norma Jean Ward age 93, of Barnesville, Ohio, died Sunday, September 27, 2020, very peacefully in her own home. She was born on March 5, 1927, in Monroe County, and was the daughter of the late Walter and Marie Buckio. Norma Jean met and married her lifetime partner, Walter E. Ward, on November 20, 1944. They eventually settled and happily raised their family of 5 on the family farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Walter, in 2007; her daughter, Linda (Ward) Coe, in 2018; and son, Don Ward, in 2019; grandchildren, Kelly (Ward) Lancaster and Jennifer Coe; son-in-law, Tom Hoskinson; 2 brothers and a sister.

Surviving Norma are children, Larry (Deanna) Ward, Jamie (Bob) Fisher, Jill (Dale) Frank; daughter-in-law, Angie (Don) Ward; and son-in-law, Harris (Linda) Coe. She was blessed with grandchildren, Scott and Jon Ward, Jeff and Eric Coe, Heather Redemann and Derek Frank; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

There will be a private family service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ward Family Fund in Memory of Norma Jean Ward to The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Checks can be made out to The OSUCCC - James and directed to fund #315680 Precision Cancer Medicine Fund. Checks can be mailed to The James at PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112 or Click Here ( to make a donation online. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at

Posted online on October 07, 2020