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Norma Jean Knapp

Norma Jean Knapp

MADISON — Private graveside services for Norma Jean Knapp, 94, Madison, will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Madison.

Volzke Funeral Home of Seward is in charge of the arrangements.


Norma Jean was born in Norfolk on Aug. 31, 1926, as the only child of Marion and Gladys Peterson. She died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Seward at the age of 94. She lived her entire life in Madison, attending District 63 Elementary School and graduating from Madison High School in 1943.

Following high school, Norma Jean worked at the Madison County Courthouse.

She married Melvin F. Knapp, her high school sweetheart, on June 29, 1947, and they

had two children, Randy and Vicky. She dedicated much of her time assisting

Melvin on their farm, helping with chores and even driving a tractor when needed.

She had a passion and skill for growing lovely roses.

Norma Jean and Melvin were avid dancers and spent many weekends on the dance floor. They were also often seen riding in parades in their antique cars. Norma Jean enjoyed throwing candy from the car.

After 30 years of farm life, Norma Jean and Melvin moved from the farm into the town of Madison. It was during that time that Norma Jean generously devoted her time caring for her aging parents and numerous other relatives.

Norma Jean will be fondly remembered for her laugh and sense of humor. She leaves behind her son, Randy (Brenda) Knapp and daughter Vicky (Bruce) Luhr; six grandchildren: Justin (Winny) Luhr, Andrew Wacker, Bryan Knapp, Angela (Shannon) Vergil, Brandon Knapp and Kara (Chase) Carlson; and four great-grandchildren: Zane and Callie Vergil, Kolton Carlson and Wyatt Knapp.

Her parents, her spouse, Melvin, and her son-in-law, John Wacker, preceded her in death.

Norma Jean and Melvin enjoyed 70 wonderful years together. Melvin died at age 92 in 2018. Now they are cruising down the “Golden Highway” in their 1931 Model A.

Casketbearers will be Andrew Wacker, Bryan Knapp, Angela Vergil, Brandon Knapp, Kara Carlson, Justin Luhr, Chase Carlson and Shannon Vergil.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison or The American Heart Association.

In other news

Memorial services for Terry Wightman, 69, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be at a later date. Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services of Cedar Rapids in charge of the arrangements.

WISNER — Services for John Kaul, 85, Wisner, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner. The Rev. Janelle Siffring will officiate. Burial will be in the Wisner Cemetery.

PIERCE — Services for Linda L. Krueger, 68, Pierce, are pending at Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce. She died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

CREIGHTON — Services for Robert C. “Bob” Wilmes, 90, Creighton, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton. He died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.

Services for Trisha J. Lombard, 51, Inwood, Iowa, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of rural Inwood, Iowa. The Rev. James Koller will officiate.

BOW VALLEY — Services for Kathryn T. Kathol, 92, Bow Valley, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Bow Valley. The. Rev. An Duy Phan will officiate with burial in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley.

LINCOLN — Services for Gayle (Wolfgram) Hurlbert-Morin, 84, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 7900 Trendwood Drive, in Lincoln. Burial will be in St. Leonard’s Cemetery in Madison at 2 p.m.

PIERCE — Services for Travis Gardner, 39, Pierce, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce. Private inurnment will be at Prospect View Cemetery in Pierce at a later date. The Rev. Gordon Bruce and Travis Henry will officiate.

CLEARWATER — Services for Georgine Funk, 89, Ewing, were Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Clearwater. The Rev. John Norman officiated. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

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