Norma Caler, 1935-2016

Norma Jean Caler, 81, of LaPorte, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at the Rosewood Rehabilitation and Care Center in Converse, Texas.

She was born July 3, 1935, in LaPorte to Richard and Alene Marhanka.

Norma was a faithful and active member of Agape Christian Church and volunteered at Handley Elementary School. She enjoyed painting ceramics and drawing; she also loved gardening and collecting angels and dolls through the years.

She is survived by two daughters: Peggy Caler of Grundy, VA, and Robyn (Danny) Armstrong of Live Oak, TX; four sons: Frank (Coreta) Caler of Converse, TX, Mark Caler of Boise, ID, Steve (Telsia) Caler of Collinsville, IL, and Jim (Mary Ann) Caler of Fox Point, WI; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Joyce Marhanka of Kingsbury, IN; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Nancy Kemper.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. A life celebration will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

Anyone wishing to honor her memory may make a donation to the New Day Foundation, PO Box 13, LaPorte, IN 46352-0013, or at

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at

5 Responses to “Norma Caler, 1935-2016”

  1. Bette Conroy

    Apr 18. 2017

    Joyce and Dick,
    I am sorry for your loss. We know there is a better place beyond. We will all meet again some day.
    Bette Conroy

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  2. Kathy T

    Apr 19. 2017

    When we first started attending Agape Christian Church approximately 15 years ago, we were greeted by Norma and bouquets of flowers from the church flower bed. It was such a nice welcome. She was missed when she moved away.

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  3. George Renz

    Apr 20. 2017

    Frank and Robin,

    So sorry to hear about your mother hoping you find peace in Christ.

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  4. Brenda Carbon

    Apr 20. 2017

    Norma was one of the first people I met when I moved to La Porte in 1964 and she always seemed like a kind and gentle person. I later got to know several of the Marhanka family and they were all just great people! My thoughts go out to all of the family and may you be comforted knowing she is at peace. God bless you.

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    Apr 22. 2017

    I am sorry I cannot make it to the celebration of life for Norma. I was her ceramic teacher here in La Porte and we always enjoyed Norma in our class. She was gifted in painting and she always made everyone smile. She was missed when she moved away….. I remember she always brought us a floral arrangement she had made with the church flowers that she tended to. My life is blessed having known her. Sorry I cannot attend the service.

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