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Norma June Penlerick

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WAYNE — Norma June Penlerick, 83, Wayne, passed peacefully Jan. 7, 2021, at Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

Funeral Services were Jan. 11 at the United Methodist Church, Laurel, with the Rev. Darren Timberlake officiating.

Burial was at the Concord Cemetery, Concord. Visitation was Monday morning, at church, until service time. Face masks and social distancing were required for the visitation and funeral. A live stream of the funeral was also available at Pallbearers were Jason Penlerick, Ryan Penlerick, Nick Penlerick, Adam Engler, Jay Schrader and Cody Watson.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Laurel.

Norma June was born June 25, 1937, in Dixon, to William John and Bernice Marie (Swift) Eckert. She grew up in the Dixon area and graduated from high school in Dixon, in 1954. She attended Wayne State College to receive her teaching certificate and then taught K-eighth grade for two years at District 65, north of Dixon. She married LeRoy Emil Penlerick Jan. 28, 1957, in Ponca. They farmed north of Dixon where they raised hogs, cattle, and eventually, buffalo. Norma worked as banquet manager at Riley’s Convention Center, Wayne, for five years. She then worked for Wayne State College for 20 years in professional food management and as support staff for the Student Center. Norma worked until she retired at the age of 78.

Norma was a member of the United Methodist Church, Laurel. She was an avid Husker fan who rarely missed a game. She loved feeding the birds and scolding the squirrels that came to the feeders as well. One of Norma’s rarely known talents was playing her accordion. She started Country Wood Crafts while on the farm and made numerous wooden toys and décor. Norma’s pride and joy was her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She had a love for the outdoors, whether it was mowing, gardening, or just being with family and friends. After Norma moved to Wayne, she enjoyed coffee and lunch with her special friends.

Norma is survived by her four children and spouses, Bradford (Lynette) Penlerick, Laurel; Delwin (Lorna) Penlerick, Alliance; Linda (Mark) Engler, Beatrice; and Mark (Laura) Penlerick, Wayne; 15 grandchildren, Jason (Krystal) Penlerick, Jessica (Nick) Benes, Ryan (Carrie) Penlerick, Kristin (Allen) Nuss, Jennifer (Brian) Heineman, Kari Jo (Jakob) Covey, Cody Watson and fiance Sydney, Andrea Engler, Adam (Callie) Engler, Amber (Luke) Henderson, Jennifer (Jeff) Chalkley, Sara (Saul) Ortiz, Jay Schrader, Brittany (Tyler) Foote, and Nick (Morgan) Penlerick; 19 great-grandchildren; and nieces, Kaylene Hubbard, Marilyn Abts and Anita Eckert.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy, in 2008; brother, Earl Eckert; sister, Wilma Jean (Eckert) Penlerick; sister-in-law, Wilma Lou Eckert; and brother-in-law, Ronald Penlerick.