HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Norma Jean Arner, 93, of Hermitage, passed away Saturday morning, October 22, 2022, in St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage.

Mrs. Arner was born on March 9, 1929, in Sharon, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Schnur) Sorokach.

She was a 1947 graduate of Sharon High School.

A dedicated wife and mother, Norma also worked at the former Sharon Store in downtown Sharon and more recently at the former Kaufmann’s and Macy’s, in the Shenango Valley Mall.

Upon the closing of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Norma became a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Sharpsville.

She was very active in her community and was the past President of the Patagonia Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered for the Shenango Valley Meals on Wheels and in the nursery school of the Buhl Club.

Norma loved crafts and was skilled in knitting, sewing, quilting and macrame. She had a deep love for her pets and African violets. Above all, she cherished time spent with her family and always looked forward to hosting her family gatherings.

Her husband, Melvin Arner, whom she married on November 24, 1949, passed away on April 22, 1989.

She is survived by five daughters, Linda Arner and Debra Arner, both of Hermitage, Diane Steh (George) of Kinsman, Ohio, Laurie Arner (partner, Jeffrey Brocklehurst) of Mercer and Amanda Arner of Sharon; a son, David Arner (Judy) of Lake Placid, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Carol Sebastian (Daniel) of Hermitage and a sister-in-law, Nona Sorokach of Westerville, Ohio.

In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Sorokach and a great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Steh.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to either the Shenango Valley Meals on Wheels, 396 Buhl Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146 or the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter, 2599 Broadway Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

Calling hours will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2022 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 311 West Ridge Avenue, Sharpsville, with Rev. Stan Swacha, as celebrant.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.

A television tribute will air Tuesday, October 25 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.