Norma June Penlerick

Norma June Penlerick age 83 of Wayne, Nebraska passed peacefully on Thursday, January 07, 2021 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, Nebraska.

Funeral Services will be on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laurel with the Rev. Darren Timberlake officiating.  Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery in Concord, Nebraska.  Visitation will be on Monday morning, at church, from 9:00 until service time.  Face masks and social distancing are required for the visitation and funeral.  You may watch a live stream of the funeral at    Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel, Nebraska.

Pallbearers will be Jason Penlerick, Ryan Penlerick, Nick Penlerick, Adam Engler, Jay Schrader, and Cody Watson.

Norma June was born on June 25, 1937 in Dixon, Nebraska to William John and Bernice Marie (Swift) Eckert.  She grew up in the Dixon area and graduated from High School in Dixon, Nebraska in 1954.  She attended Wayne State College to receive her teaching certificate and then taught K-8th grade for two years at District 65 north of Dixon, NE.  She married LeRoy Emil Penlerick on January 28, 1957 in Ponca, Nebraska.  They farmed north of Dixon where they raised hogs, cattle and eventually buffalo.  Norma worked as Banquet Manager at Riley’s Convention Center in 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 in Laurel.  She was an avid Husker fan that 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 great grandchildren. 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 of Laurel, Delwin (Lorna) Penlerick of Alliance, Linda (Mark) Engler of Beatrice, Mark (Laura) Penlerick of 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, Nick (Morgan) Penlerick; 19 great grandchildren; 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; brother-in-law Ronald Penlerick.

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3 response to "Norma June Penlerick"

  1. By: Carolyn & John Sinniger and sons Posted: January 8, 2021

    Both my husband & I worked at WSC from 1996 – 2015. Norma was the BEST!!!! We used to play tricks on each other and laugh at our reactions! She was such hard worker; she often out worked the younger staff! We have since left Wayne, but visit often. I had always hoped I would run into her to say hello. She was a WONDERFUL person. God’s blessings to all of her family.
    John, Carolyn, Tony & Brian Sinniger – Winona, MN

  2. By: Amy Gade Posted: January 8, 2021

    I worked closely with Norma for the many events that the Admissions Office hosted in the Student Center during her time at WSC. Norma was such a gem! No one worked harder than that woman and no one cared for the Student Center better! She treated that place like it was her palace with nothing out of place under her watch. She couldn’t have been a better steward of WSC!

    Norma had a lot of spunk! I loved to chat with her and hear stories about her grand and great grandchildren. She bragged them up! I remember hearing about her twin great grandchildren and the day her grandson (maybe great) qualified for state tennis! She was so proud!

    Sending my sympathy. Norma was just the absolute best!

  3. By: Angie Steffen Posted: January 8, 2021

    Norma was an angel on earth! She made my day countless times over the course of my more than 20 years working at Wayne State College. She was such a hard worker and yet so personable. Everyone loved her! She was a shining star and was always there with a smile and a hilarious comeback! There just is no one like her and we continue to miss her! Bless her for all the joy she would always bring day in and day out. She was one of the very best to work at Wayne State College. Thank you for sharing her with us! Please accept our deepest expression of sympathy at her passing.

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