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Norma Leslie (Springer) Austin

January 31, 1933 ~ September 5, 2022 (age 89)
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Rushford --- Norma Leslie Austin, a former resident of 9727 Brookside Road, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022 in Olean after a long illness. She was born on January 31, 1933 in Buffalo, the eldest of six children of the late Leslie and Norma Burtch Springer.  On June 14, 1952 she married Wesley Richard Austin who predeceased her on June 9, 2017. They were married 65 years.

Norma was a city girl who became a multi-skilled farmer’s wife at age 19. She made maple syrup, unloaded hay wagons and drove lambs to the kosher market for Easter. She was an able assistant for milking, gardening and raised chickens for her own egg enterprise.

She went to college as an adult, attending Houghton and Geneseo, and taught 3rd Grade at Fillmore Central School for many years. If she was your teacher, you may remember her making each student a pair of mittens that matched their coat, the annual Thanksgiving dinner at school, lifesaver books and sledding at recess.

Norma was a long time member of the Rushford Methodist Church where she taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School. She worked many church dinners and was a great supporter of the food bank.

Surviving are her children, Cynthia McCullough, Michael (Linda) Austin, her grandchildren, Brenda (Justin) Eddy, Wesley (Andrea) Austin Jr., Julie (Chris) Bastian, Monica (Tom Kicior) McCullough, her great-grandchildren, Christopher and Andrew Claxton, Emily Elliott, Emily Bastian, Kenzley and James Austin, three special nieces, Susan A., Barbara C. and Linda G. S., her siblings, Kathy Worthington, Diann Springer, Olivia Seeber, a brother-in-law, Kevin Quealy and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a son, James Austin, a daughter-in-law, Frieda Austin, a son-in-law, Charles McCullough, a sister Marjorie Quealy and a brother, Jack Springer.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, September 9, 2022 in Freedom Cemetery where a graveside service will follow at 11:00 am. Rev. Bruce Smith, pastor of the Higgins Wesleyan Church, will officiate.

Memorials if desired to: Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program, c/o Sheriff Rick L. Whitney, 27 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
September 9, 2022

10:00 AM
Freedom Cemetery
Freedom Road
Freedom, NY 14065

Graveside Service
September 9, 2022

11:00 AM
Freedom Cemetery
Freedom Road
Freedom, NY 14065

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