Norma Jean Bollig

Norma Jean Bollig, 90, Hays, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Presbyterian Nursing Home, Clay Center. Previously, she had been living with her family in Clay Center.

She was born March 14, 1930, in Hays, to Jerome and Margaret (Brown) Riedel. She attended grade school in Walker and Victoria High School, graduating as the valedictorian in 1948. She attended Fort Hays State University as an honors student, with plans to major in history.

She married Elmer J. “Cap” Bollig on Dec. 23, 1950. He preceded her in death Jan. 21, 2000. They moved to Plainville, where he set up a thriving shoe repair and retail business and they raised their family together.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for more than 50 years, a leader in the Daughters of Isabella, Sacred Heart Ladies Guild, and Sacred Heart Grade School.

She was known widely for her green thumb, a wonderful homemaker, and voracious reader,  She will be remembered as a kind soul, generous with her time and talent in giving to others and a strong devotion to her faith.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry and wife, Theresa, Perry and David and wife, Debrah, Clay Center; a daughter, Sandra, Dodge City; a sister, Judith Andrews, Phillipsburg; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Due to the current COVID-19 virus situation, the family will schedule a memorial service at St. Ann Catholic Church, Walker; and inurnment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Humane Society of the High Plains or St. Ann  Catholic Church in care of Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd,  Hays, KS 67601.

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Posted online on January 09, 2021