Reenie was born a daughter Brady at Shamokin Hospital on July 22, 1949, to the late Stephen and Anna (Olley) Tatusko.
Noreen taught middle school English among other classes for almost 40 years in the Shamokin region school district, first as Miss T. and then as Mrs. Schwalm after marrying her husband Dan on June 15, 1985, at Johnson City UMC, where she was an active member. As a teacher, Noreen has influenced the lives of thousands of students and has done everything from training softball to managing musicals to challenge the troublemaker and defend the underdog. Jean Louise Stellfox was his mentor, colleague and longtime friend, who brought Noreen and her family to meet several internationally renowned authors through an endowment to Dickinson College.
Reen was a staunch advocate for women, avid reader, and lover of crosswords, nurseries, Noah’s Ark and Snoopy. She became an active member of the Himmel Church congregation when her son Nathan was confirmed there, and she then wrote weekly sermons for children to be delivered by recent confirmands. Noreen had a bigger heart than herself, encouraged the efforts of young people in church and in the community, and for many years she was the “lady of the game” for the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association’s 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; son, Nathan; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jim Ramp; was Rhinex of niece Megan (Ramp) and her husband Joseph Schweitzer; nephew, Kyle Ramp and wife Vonda; and was the aunt Reen of great-nieces and grand-nephews, Josh, Carson, Skylar, Nick, Dawson, Averie and Ryan.
The viewing will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 27 at the Farrow – CJ Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7. . 28, at Himmel’s Church, 1941 Schwaben Creek Road, Dornsife, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jane Compton. Masks will be required for service and tours. Wear crazy socks, like Noreen would have done.
Interment will follow the service in the cemetery of Himmel’s church.
In lieu of flowers, please 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 ministry of shoebox or school kits), or the American Cancer Society.
To send your condolences, please visit www.farrowfh.com