Wendy Jean Grenz
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 2, 2019 8:38 am
Wendy Jean Norgaard Grenz, 65, was born to Don and Ada Norgaard, on July 1, 1953, in Tyler, Minnesota, and grew up on the Norgaard farm near Tyler.
She graduated from Tyler High School, in 1971, with her future husband. On Nov. 24, 1972, she married Laurel Grenz, and, a few months later, the young couple bought a house in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their sons Aaron and Micah were born there. A few years later, in 1981, Laurel’s job took the family to Indianapolis, and then to the Chicago area, in 1993. Planning ahead for retirement, they purchased acreage on the side of Bon Air Mountain, east of Sparta, in 2008, and moved their retirement house onto the property.
Wendy was always active in the Baptist church the family attended at all locations. She worked in the Christian day schools the sons attended, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Schaumberg, Illinois. Ministering to people of all ages has been Wendy’s passion. She and Laurel conducted Sunday afternoon services bimonthly at Life Care Center of Sparta, worked with youth ministries at Sparta Calvary Baptist Church, supported the Go Pink cancer survivor group, and attended the Senior Center and Welcome Neighbors. Camp Grenz, each summer at the Grenz home, was a highlight for the grandchildren and included camp t-shirts, a number of active games, and an annual treasure hunt.
Visitors to Wendy’s home would easily find evidence of her special interests: the word JOY, nativity sets, patriotic decorations, framed family photos and photo scrapbooks, and framed Bible verses or related wall hangings expressing her faith in God.
Wendy was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Ada Norgaard, and Laurel’s parents, Lloyd and Marilyn Grenz.
She leaves behind her husband, Laurel; sons, Aaron (Nicole), Arden Hills, of Minnesota, Micah (Gretchen), of Sparta; grandsons, Karsten, Benjamin; granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Kiernan, Paige, Teagan, Emma, Avalyn; brother, David Norgaard, of Lake Benton, Minnesota; and sisters, Carolyn Van Loh, of Westbrook Minnesota, and Valerie Thomason, Danbury, Wisconsin.
Funeral service for 2 p.m., Feb. 4, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Pastor Robert Yockey will officiate. Visitation with the family will be 2-5 p.m., Feb. 3, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Vanderbilt Breast Center at the One Hundred Oaks location.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.