SHAMOKIN — Noreen Ann (Tatusko) Schwalm, 72, of Shamokin, passed into God’s hands early Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township, surrounded by her husband, son and sister.

Reenie was born a Brady girl at Shamokin State General Hospital, July 22, 1949, to the late Stephen and Anna (Olley) Tatusko.

She was a 1967 graduate of Shamokin Area High School and received a master’s equivalency level in education from Bloomsburg University.

Noreen taught middle school English, among other classes, for nearly 40 years in the Shamokin Area School District, first as Miss T., then as Mrs. Schwalm after she married her husband, Dan, June 15, 1985, at the Johnson City United Methodist Church, where she was an active member.

As a teacher, Noreen influenced the lives of thousands of students and did everything from coaching softball to house managing the musicals to challenge the troublemaker and champion the underdog. Jean Louise Stellfox was her mentor, colleague and life-long friend, who enabled Noreen and her family to meet multiple internationally recognized authors through an endowment to Dickinson College.

Reen was a quiet advocate for women, an avid reader and a lover of crosswords, Nativity sets, Noah’s Ark and Snoopy. She became an active member of the Himmel’s Church congregation when her son, Nathan, was confirmed there, and she later went on to write weekly children’s sermons to be delivered by recent confirmands.

Noreen had a heart bigger than she was, furthered youth endeavors at church and in the community and for many years she was the “game lady” for the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association annual meeting.

Noreen’s life was full of ups and downs, but in the end, it’s a wonderful life.

Noreen is survived by her husband, N. Daniel; her son, Nathan, her sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jim Ramp; was Rhinex to niece Megan (Ramp) and her husband, Joseph Schweitzer, her nephew, Kyle Ramp and his wife, Vonda; and was Aunt Reen to great nieces and great nephews Josh, Carson, Skylar, Nick, Dawson, Averie and Ryan.

SCHWALM — Noreen Ann (Tatusko) Schwalm, 72, of Shamokin. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Himmel’s Church, 1941 Schwaben Creek Road, Dornsife, with the Rev. Jane Compton officiating. Burial will follow the service at Himmel’s Church Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, supervisor, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. Masks will be required for service and viewings. Wear crazy socks, as Noreen would have. In lieu of flowers, share Noreen’s generosity to youth, family and those in need by contributing to the Jean Louise Stellfox Valedictorian Award fund at Gratz Bank, 450 W. Shamokin St., Trevorton, Himmel’s Church outreach (designate youth mission trips, shoebox ministry or school kits), or the American Cancer Society. To send condolences, go to www.farrowfh.com.

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