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Jennie C. Norbert

d. November 30, 2019

Jennie C. Norbert


Jennie Cathryne Blaine Hardin Norbert â€"Jen, Jennie, Aunt Jen, Jen-maâ€" died Saturday, November 30, 2019, three months and a day past her 100th birthday celebration at Dresher Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ft. Washington, PA.

She was born in Wheatcroft, Webster County, Kentucky on August 29, 1919, the daughter of Dr. Ernest Charles Hardin and Jennie Cathryne Blaine Hardin. When she was 8 months old the family moved to Louisville, Kentucky and it was there and in Lexington, Kentucky, where Dr. Hardin served two terms as Superintendent of the Greendale Reformatory, that she was raised and schooled, including two years at the University of Louisville. On her birthday in 1943, she married Chester Paul Norbert of Kingston, Pennsylvania, a DuPont engineer. He was assigned to a secret war project, the Manhattan Project, and was sent to the University of Chicago, where the couple had their first home in an apartment near the campus. They were later transferred to Hanford, Washington, where they continued to work on the project until the end of the war. When DuPont was released from the project, the couple was transferred to Maryland, built a home in Linstead-on-the-Severn, near Annapolis, and raised their three children. In the late 1950’s they moved to Rocky River, Ohio, for 2 years before settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1960. They built a home in the North Hills, Shaler Township, and became active members in that community.

Jen served as a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee of the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, was active in Shaler parent organizations, and was a member of the Glenshaw Century Club and Wildwood Golf Club. When the children were grown, she became a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Realtors and worked as an active realtor for 30 years, retiring from Prudential Realty at the age of 80.

She is preceded in death by her parents and 3 older siblings, Ann Akers (John), Mary Logan Brawner (Bob), and Lt Gen E.C. Hardin, Jr. USAF (Ethel). She is survived by her three children, Dr. Nan Cervantes PhD, of Burbank, California, C. Greg Norbert, (Jessica) of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Jennie Watson PhD, (Mac) of Berea, Ohio, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 10 dearly loved nieces and nephews. Her husband, Chet, died in 1995 from strokes following by-pass surgery.

Information about her memorial service will be announced by the family. In lieu of flowers, she has asked that donations be made to the Glenshaw Presbyterian Church , in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, and the Grace Presbyterian Church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, next to her husband of 52 years.

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