Norma Burns Kehr

Norma Burns Kehr

BIRTH: 01/06/1939

DEATH: 06/11/2019

Norma Burns Kehr, 80, of Brighton Twp., died Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center.

Born January 6, 1939 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Dorothy M. (Sechler) Burns.  Norma graduated from Penn State in 1960, where earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education.  She was a teacher in the Northwestern and Blackhawk School Districts from 1960-1998, and was cheerleader sponsor for 30 years.  She also was very active in several groups and clubs.  Norma was a member of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) where she served as co-president from 2001-2003, and was one of two members who initiated the idea of, and recently served as the chair of, the AAUW Kitchen Tour which is now in its 18th year.  She also served as the hostess and presenter at the Kitchen Tour, served as the chair of the Publicity committee, was leader of the Antique Interest group for 20 years, was a member of Garden Interest group, served as chair of the 75th Anniversary of the Beaver Valley Branch of AAUW, and chaired the Named Honorees of AAUW.  She was awarded the Emerging Star Award in 2001, the Outstanding Woman of the Beaver Valley Branch of AAUW in 2003, and was the Educational Fund named Gift honoree in 2014.

Norma was also active in the PASR (PA Association of School Retirees).  There she was the chairperson of the Beaver County 6th grade spelling bee.  She was also a member of the PSEA-R (PA State Education Assoc-Retirees).  She was a member of the Ft. McIntosh Chapter of NSDAR, the PA state society of the Nation Society of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  Norma was also Past Matron, and a life member of Wenonah Chapter #124 Order of the Eastern Star, now Woodlawn Chapter #164.

She was a member of the Beaver Falls International Order of Rainbow for Girls, was Past Worthy Advisor and served as Grand Worthy Associate Advisor for the state of PA. She was a member of the Grand Cross of Color.  She also was a member and served as President of the Outlook Club from 2009-2011.  Norma has served many years as co-president of the Beaver Valley Community Concert Association.

Norma joined the PYC (Pymatuning Yacht Club) in 1974, and for the last 45 years was an integral part of the PYC family. She was an avid sailor, winning the Verna Yates Crewmanship Trophy in 2006.  She also served on the Executive Committee, was Entertainment Chair, and was on the Kitchen Renovation Committee.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Raymond R. Kehr; her sister, Marsha Burns (Joseph) Benetti of Darlington; her sister-in-law, Deborah Lynn Kehr of York; two nephews, Trace and Jason Benetti; and 5 great-nieces and nephews, Gary Benetti, Joseph Nino Benetti III, Kacie Benetti, Camdyn Benetti and Addison Benetti.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and Monday from 10am until the time of services at 11am in the Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home-117 Blackhawk Rd. Chippewa-www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.  Rev. Dr. Judy Angleberger will officiate.

Private interment will take place in Locust Grove Cemetery, in Ellwood City, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Norma’s name to the AAUW Scholarship Fund, 1904 17th St. Beaver Falls, PA 15010 or to the PYC Memorial Fund, 7208 Huntington Dr. Hudson, OH 44236.


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3 entries.
Sabrina from Koppel wrote on June 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm:
Great teacher. Will be dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Susan Cartwright from Beaver Falls wrote on June 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm:
Mrs. Kerr was an amazing woman in and out of the classroom. I was blessed to have had her as my English teacher at Blackhawk. I still have a love of poetry thanks to her. We also volunteered at the track meets after school. It was always a blessing to talk with her about her travels to Puerto Rico and her many social activies. I will always remember her for loving and caring ways. Mr. Kehr, I am so sorry for her passing and prayers and hugs for you during this time!! 💖💖😔💖
Cheryl Schmidt-Colombo from Ellwood City wrote on June 15, 2019 at 9:58 am:
I was a lucky person to have been taught by this wonderful person at Northwestern High School. Extremely nice person, easy to talk to. Sending deepest sympathies and peace to family and friends. God bless.