Norita R. Timoney
Norita Rose (Noni) Timoney, 91, Jenner’s Pond, West Grove PA
Passed peacefully the evening of 25 January a week short of her 92nd birthday. Preceded by her husband of 59 years Joe, and survived by sons Joseph (‘Tim’) Bernard Timoney Jr., Gregory, and daughter Audrey (Timoney) Fasy. Delighted with 6 grandchildren: by Tim and former wife Barbara (Pollino) Timoney, Cristin (Timoney) Messinger and Tara Lynn, by Greg and Diane (Leonard) Timoney, Ryan and William, and by Bill and Audrey (Timoney) Fasy, John (‘JR’) and Elizabeth. Subsequently, further blessed with 6 great grandchildren: Emelia Grace, Mackenzie Marie, Noralynn Joy, and Lavender Leigh Messinger, and Adeline Mae and Vivian (by Ryan and Kelby (Sims) Timoney).
Noni was the second of 8 children by Frank and Norita (Hophan) Hartley of Philadelphia. Surviving siblings are Elizabeth (Hartley) Mita of Vero Beach, Florida and Joseph Hartley of Houston. She attended Germantown High School and married her husband Joe, an electrician and longtime member and Chief of Wyndmoor Fire Company.
Noni was a dedicated Catholic, served as a Eucharist Minister, loved tennis, art, specifically watercolors, participated in pottery, and was an active equestrian with the Bellwood Hunt. She also enjoyed a good laugh anytime. A great many were blessed by her advice and prayers, all who knew her will miss her. Due to current circumstances Noni’s Mass of Christian Burial will be private. Her family would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Noni will be interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, with her husband. Noni has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St Josephs Indian School, Chamberlain, South Dakota for whom she hand produced knit goods for many years while at Jenners Pond.
Given the weather, and constraints due to the WuFlu limited attendance at the service at St Genevieves, below are the opening comments presented by her devoted son-in-law Bill Fasy (by permission):
“Good morning everyone, I am Norita Rose Timoney’s son-in-law. Early on, she was always ‘Mrs Timoney’ to me. When our first child was born, she asked me to refer to her as ‘grandmom’ for which she was very proud and I obeyed. I welcome everyone here and on YouTube for today’s Celebration of Life. I need to shout out to her son Greg and his family in Texas and California, to Cristian Messinger and Tara Timoney, Norita’s siter Lil and husband Paul Mita in Florida, brother Joe in Texas, and to all the Timoney and Hartley families. Last, but not least, to all the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
I must say my favorite picture of grandmom was presented to me this week and used in her obituary. It is a picture of a beautiful, humble woman at the Devon Horse Show – but the rest of the picture was her walking with two scoops of strawberry ice cream on a cone. We all know that infectious, innocent smile and grace charmed the attendant selling the cone of ice cream. The other part of that smile was for us to recognize and laugh, because everyone else received only one scoop!
Today she will always be in all of our hearts and know her journey to heaven was short and without hesitation. I hope the rest of us have it half as good and quick as her! God bless, keep her in your hearts and we love you grandmom!