Born the third and youngest child of Mary Lucy (Augustyn) (1910 - 1996) and John Paul Miller (1908 - 1959), preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn (1933 - 2018), her brother John “Jack” (1935 - 2014 ), and two husbands.
Survived by 6 daughters with Donald David Karolick (1933-1971): Mary Diane “Dede” and Gary Krawzyk of Punxsutawney, Rita and Tom Parise of Lancaster, Carol Czerniec and Erick Winegar of Ashburn VA, Donna and Steven Greenhut of Sacramento CA, Judith Karolick and Dan Gershon of Santa Fe NM, Kathy and Farhad Rahimly of Clarksburg MD. She had 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew.
Barbara graduated valedictorian from Saints Cosmas and Damian High School in 1954 and married Donald David Karolick, of Adrian, in 1955. They had six daughters before Don’s premature passing in 1971. With the help of her mother Mary, a cook at the Punxsutawney Area Country Club, and her sister Evelyn, Barbara courageously and successfully raised her 6 young girls.
Barbara will be remembered by many as a talented soprano soloist at Saints Cosmas and Damian Church in Punxsutawney. She sang for many area weddings, banquets and in numerous church choirs. Her faith in God was always as important to her as was her love for her children.
In 1981, Barbara was married to Richard “Dick” Norris of Mahaffey (d. 2008) when she acquired 6 stepdaughters. They lived for 27 years in the Grampian/Mahaffey area and liked to travel and play golf. She loved growing flowers and always had at least one cat. She was a good friend and a loving sister, daughter, mother and grandmother spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking family favorites.
In the later years of her life, Barbara’s health declined with dementia and after living with her sister in Punxsy for 8 years, she spent the last 4 years of her life in Jefferson Manor Personal Care, Brookville. We greatly appreciate the caregivers in assisted living and skilled nursing.
Friends will be received on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5-8 PM at the McCabe Funeral Home, 114 Maple Ave. Punxsutawney, PA and also on Saturday January 18, 2020, from 10 until the time of prayer service at 11:00 AM at the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Burial will be private.
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