Norman Zeiter


LIBERTY CENTER -- Norman D. Zeiter, 62, of Liberty Center, surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, May 1, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital, in Maumee.

He was born in Toledo on March 25, 1952, to the late Norman Zeiter and Amy (Fox) Zeiter. On December 15, 1972, he was united in marriage to Connie Kern, who survives. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, employer and all around brilliant and creative man. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, following their sports and interests. He loved having family get-togethers with his large extended family in the barn that he built. He enjoyed golfing and Michigan athletics. He was a member of the Shiloh Christian Union Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, and served on numerous boards in the community.

Norm graduated from Toledo Macomber High School in 1970, and was married to Constance Kern in December of 1972. In October of 1973, he began working at Swanton Welding under George Kern. George served as father figure and mentor to Norm throughout his life and career. Norm bought Swanton Welding in 1985, and grew the company from a four-man welding shop to a very successful steel fabrication company with locations in Ohio and Georgia. Norm loved his employees and thought of them more as family and helped them in many ways. He was very generous throughout the communities and was a very giving in his time, money, and friendship. Norm was a man of integrity, with a strong work ethic who truly gave his life for others. His legacy will carry on for many, many generations.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, Connie, he is survived by his children, Norm (Sarah) Zeiter, Kendra (Rick) Roell and Ryan (Carly) Zeiter, all of Liberty Center; brothers, Bill (Betsy) Zeiter and John (Diana) Zeiter; sisters, Penny (Richard) Shamy, Jan (John) Sulewski and Dawn (Lenny) Gadus; grandchildren, Constance, Kennedy, Hope and Emery Roell and Meredith, Zane, Elizabeth, Zander, Aubree and Brinley Zeiter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George (Jeanne) Kern of Liberty Center; sister-in-law, Linda (Bob) Fisher; 18 nephews and nieces; 29 great- nephews and -nieces; and many many friends.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George Zeiter; and grandson, Ricky Roell.

A celebration of Norman's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Pettisville High School gymnasium, 232 Summit St., Pettisville, Ohio 43553. Interment will be private for the family at Shiloh Cemetery in Delta. Arrangements are entrusted with Barnes Funeral Chapel, 2825 St. Hwy. 109, in Delta.

In lieu of flowers, deeply encouraged are contributions to NSCC Foundation with the Zeiter Family Nursing Center in the memo and mailed to 22600 St. Rt 34, Archbold, OH 43502 in Norman's memory. Private online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at

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  • I was shocked and saddened to read of Norm's passing. I've known Norm for over 45 years, reconnecting with him a few years ago at White Pines. ┬áNorm's love for his family and friends was boundless. My sincere sympathy to his family.

    Craig Schneiderbauer