Norbert E. “Norb” Fenstemaker, age 90, of North Canton, passed away peacefully in his home, eating ice cream on November 29, 2022. He was born at home in East Canton, OH, to John and Marjorie (Rice) Fenstemaker on June 28, 1932. He was a 1950 graduate of Timken Vocational High School, Cape Fear Technical School in Wilmington, NC and Malone College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was also a veteran of the North Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy as a yeoman. For Norb’s service, he earned a National Defense Service Medal.
He retired in 1996 from Babcock & Wilcox after 27 years of service, working in various divisions, locations, and positions as Senior Buyer, Purchasing Manager (I&M Div.), QA and project scheduling. He held a Lifetime Certification from the National Association of Purchasing Managers.
Norb was known for his lively, gregarious personality and “class clown” sense of humor. He was a creative and artistic person with an immense talent for drawing and the written word. His passion was anything outdoors (travel, hiking, biking, fishing, landscape photography), live theater, movies, and playing golf with his sons and grandson. Norb was a truly great man who will be missed, and his hilarious wit and zest for life will not be forgotten.
He is survived by sons, Michael of Canton, David (Jellina) of Rogue River, OR., Dr. Eric (Janet) of Maryville, TN, and Dr. Stephen (Marilyn) of North Canton; daughters, Kathleen (Scott) Schaumburg of Belmont, NC, and Sarah Johnson of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; four nieces, and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his longtime companion and best friend, Karen Boos of Wadsworth, OH, parents, brothers, Robert (Betty), Daryl (Marjorie), John (Shirley); sisters, Geraldine (Link) Johnson, Joyce (John) Gobeli, Delma Jean; and grandson, Stephen Fenstemaker, II.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Louis Church, 300 N Chapel St, Louisville, OH on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11:00 am with Navy Honor burial to follow at Center Church for the Brethren, 2801 Ravenna Ave NE, Louisville, OH.