Norma Jean Shaffer Eichelberger, age 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Nottingham Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was born August 4, 1934, in Harrisburg, PA, and grew up in New Cumberland, PA. She later moved to Poughkeepsie, NY, then to Baton Rouge in 1968.
She was known as “Grand Norm” and “Gan Gan” by her grandchildren, where she spent countless hours watching them on the tennis courts, baseball games, and theater productions. She always looked forward to football season, was a huge LSU Tiger fan, and was a member of the Bengal Belles. She was an avid tennis player and a longtime member of Bocage Racquet Club in Baton Rouge. She also had a passion for swimming and was a swim instructor for many years.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents Clarence Shaffer and Margaret Brazington Shaffer.
She is survived by a brother, John “Jack” Shaffer (wife Carol), a sister, Marjorie “Margie” Herman (husband Bob), the father of her children, Robert Eichelberger (wife Jackie), her three children, Debbie Payer (husband Rick), Krista Andry (husband Keith), and Jill, her grandchildren,
Russell Payer (wife Christina), Allyson Pfeffer (husband Mark), Collin Andry and Cameron Andry.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to American Cancer Society.
Visiting hours will take place at Resthaven Funeral Home on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 10:00 am until services at 12:00 pm.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com
I met Norma in about 1991 at a conference we we both attending. She came up to me and asked if she could work for me. I hired her. We became fast friends. Over the next few years we went dancing, bar hopping, and some parties. We worked conferences for Greg Guirard (Louisiana photographer). I spent many nights at her home and we never failed to have a glass of wine. My daughter went swimming in her pool. I loved her cats and helped her name L.C. (Lucky Cat) I grieved with her when she lost him. I have so many memories of Norma. Peanut butter every morning and ice cream every night. Healthy food the rest of the time. Even when I moved to Texas, California and back to Texas we continued to chat on the phone. I love her and think of her all the time. She loved her children and grandchildren so much. Talked of them often. Thanks for the good fun times Norma. So glad our paths crossed and will see you soon.
Jana HahnAzle, TX
Dear Krista and Andry Family, so sorry for your loss, but, no doubt she is flying high and in a great, peaceful, joyful place. Love you all.
Laurie and Mike KarlKnoxville, TN