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Norma Wendt, 74, of Akron, Iowa, as a long-time believer and follower of Jesus Christ, met him face to face on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at her home surrounded by family.
Norma Kay Siebens Wendt was born in Akron, Iowa on December 18, 1945 to John and Caryl (McCorkell) Siebens joining her brother Daryl, who was eight years old, and two cousins Phillip and Virginia Whitaker.
When Norma was in kindergarten, a young five year old named Ronald Wendt noticed her sitting in the usher’s chair at church with Shirley-Temple curls. At age sixteen, that same fellow accidently arrived at a friend’s home to find Norma babysitting. He took the opportunity to ask her out and she agreed. Soon thereafter, Ron’s father said, “I hope you aren’t planning to make this a steady thing.” Apparently his father’s words had little effect. Five years later - a week after Norma graduated from SDSU with her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics - they were married. They moved to Enid, Oklahoma where they lived for a year while Ron finished up his service in the Air Force.
Norma and Ron then moved to Sioux City where Norma taught Home Economics for several years before having their first daughter, Jennifer. Four years later, Julia joined the family. Three and a half years after that, their son Jason was born. In 1980, the family moved to a farm owned by her mother Caryl near Akron, Iowa where Ron and Norma lived for 40 years. During that time Norma was the Activity Director at the Akron City Convalescent Care Center for more than twenty years. They also continued to be faithful members of Plymouth Presbyterian Church where they met at a young age. Norma was an avid quilter, a chocolate lover, a rose gardener and a bird watcher. You could often find her enjoying the banter of a friendly game of cards. She has been described as one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She taught her children about patience, honesty and compassion and was tenacious about making sure they each could cook, set the table correctly, and use proper grammar.
She leaves behind her beloved of more than 57 years, Ronald Wendt. Her daughter Jennifer WendtGeisler and husband Scott Geisler and children Grayson, Ronan, and Calder; her daughter Julia Dahlke and husband Travis and children Titus and Nora; and her son Jason Wendt and wife Jessica and children Brynn, Cooper, and Knox. She also leaves behind several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Caryl Siebens, her brother Daryl Siebens, and a nephew Christopher Siebens.