Norma A. Gentner

Norma A. Gentner MANCHESTER - Norma A. Gentner, 79, passed away peacefully June 12, 2014, among her family and friends. Norma was born Oct. 5, 1934, the daughter of the late John and Marcia Hayden. She attended Red Jacket Schools and lived in and around Shortsville/Manchester for her entire life. She was a longtime bus driver for Red Jacket Central School District and was a nurse's aide at Clifton Springs Hospital. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Manchester. Norma was an exceptional athlete in a time when women were not encouraged to participate in sports. She was a member of the 1954 New York State champion softball team and played softball till the age of 72. Norma once scored 55 points in a basketball game and was one of the area's best female bowlers. Her competitiveness and will to win was never overshadowed by her sportsmanship. She is survived by her six children, Marcia (Richard King) Booth, Dorothy Gentner, Linda (Bob) Bailey, Cathy (Bob) Abbott, John "Jack" Gentner III and Richard (Tammy) Gentner; 16 grandchildren, Alex, Toni, Anthony, Sully, Sam, Jack, Niki, Meghan, Casey, Nick, Ruby, Sophie, Myah, Nate, Bob and Mickey; three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Mia and Hayden; sister, Marylin (Dick) Meyer; and brother, Gene "Peanut" (Ty) Hayden. She was predeceased by her husband, John "Jack" Gentner Jr.; brothers, John "Doc" Hayden and Lawrence "Guit" Hayden; and grandson, Scottie Fratto. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 97 W. Main St., Shortsville. A reception to celebrate Norma's life will be held at the American Legion in Shortsville following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Norma's memory be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 145, 54 S. Main St., Manchester, NY 14504. Arrangements were made by Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home, Manchester.

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