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Norma E. Covan

September 12, 1944 — February 2, 2024

Norma E. Covan, 79, of Struthers passed away at Hospice House in Boardman on February 2, 2024. Norma was born in Shadyside, Ohio on September 12, 1944 to Evelyn (Byles) and Norman Heil and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Norma met the love of her life, William L. Covan at Ohio Valley College while they were both students there. On February 22, 1964, they married and had four children; Brent, Bruce, Brandon, and Heather. Although Norma graduated with an Associate's Degree from Point Park University, she was first and foremost a MOM (affectionately known as “Mumski”) who devoted her life to the physical and spiritual well-being of her children. Later in life, she accepted the secretarial position at the Struthers Church of Christ, where her beloved Bill was the minister until his sudden passing in 2009. Norma continued working as the church secretary until her retirement in 2018 after 29 years of employment.

Norma and Bill loved to travel together, and especially enjoyed their trips to New England during the autumn season. She had an affinity for lighthouses that she passed onto her granddaughter, loved to play card games, and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Poland Bulldogs. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed preparing birthday and holiday dinners where her homemade noodles were a must. Norma was a faithful member of the Church of Christ all of her life. She was the epitome of a preacher’s wife, always being the first to volunteer, being available whenever she was needed and most importantly, showing the love of Christ to everyone she came into contact with. We can be assured that she has finally received her heavenly reward, and is happily reunited with the man she loved for more than 60 years.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister, Janice Kaufman; and her son, Bruce Covan.

Norma leaves a large family to cherish her memory, sons, Brent (Cherie) Covan of Boardman and Brandon (Kim) Covan of Austintown; daughter, Heather (Nick) Clinkscale of Mount Pleasant, TN; grandchildren, Camden, Connor, Cailyn, and Cassidy Covan, Justin (Rachel), Allison, Zach, Jordan, Jack, and Leah Covan, Caden, and Brylee Covan and George and Melina Clinkscale; great-grandchildren, Case and Harper Covan; brothers-in-law, Al Kaufman and Don (Gail) Covan; sister-in-law, Cindy (Steve) Loftis; and nephews, Mike (Connie) Kaufman and Kurt (Laura) Kaufman.

Friends will be received at the Struthers Church of Christ on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed immediately by a memorial service and fellowship meal afterwards.

Her family would like to thank some very special people who took such great care of Norma, Alisha, Carie, and JoEllen and all of the nurses of Boardman St. E’s 6W and 5W; Dr. Mark Memo; the staff at Hospice House; and especially her “favorites” Joe and Sarah at Hampton Woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Struthers Church of Christ food pantry in Norma’s memory.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers. Please visit to send the family condolences.

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