Norb Mages was born in 1928 in Muenster and raised on a farm there with his parents, brother and six adoring sisters. Following a standout senior year football season and gratuation from Sacred Heart High School, he served his country from 1948 to 1952 in the Korean War.
Following that, he met and married Verna Kuhn and they moved to Lindsay to begin their family and what would be nearly 62 years of service from Norb to the community, the school and the church.
His first involvement with the school was to serve on the School Board of the Lindsay Common School District, which at that time was overseen by a county superintendent. Following the school's accreditation, Norb was instrumental in setting the tax appraisal rates for the district and improving the school's financial situation.
Norb also served on the parish building committee when the elementary school and the gym were built in 1963 and when the cafeteria was built in 1970. In the 1970's he served as president of the PTC for four years and helped organize the construction of the playground equipment at the school. He also served on the Athletic Club and was very involved in building training equipment, running the concession stands and purchasing new sports uniforms.
In the 1980's, he spent four years on the Site Base Committee, serving as the community representative.
His service to the town of Lindsay began in 1973 when he joined the City Council. He then served as Mayor from 1980 to 1984. As all the council members did at that time, he volunteered his time to take care of whatever needed to be done for the city. Norb helped oversee the building of the tennis courts and the pavilion in the park.
He was a member of the Planning and Zoning Board for many years and served as Mayor again from 2000 to 2004. Two things he is most proud of are the building of the City Hall in 2001 and the construction of the maintenance building.
Norb also served on the maintenance and cementary committees for Saint Peter's Church for many years and was instrumental in constructing the directory for the cementary.
Thank you, Norb, for your service to our community!