Norma Wenge

1928 - 2012

Norma Wenge, 84, passed peacefully, in her home Oct. 28, 2012. Norma was born May 26, 1928 and raised in Salinas, Calif. She met her husband, Wally, in the church they both attended and started going together at 12 and 13. They were married 51 years and their children say they never heard an argument in front of them. Norma loved being a housewife and mother. They had two children naturally, and adopted two children later from Korea.

Both Norma and Wally had a heart for caring for others. They started “Gleanings for the Hungry” from scratch in the Fresno, Calif. area. They used peaches and nectarines that would normally be tossed or given to the animals, and dried them in the hot Fresno sun, using all volunteer work with no one getting paid, including them, and it was shipped all over the world to the hungry. In those early years of Gleanings, Norma would work the line of fruit, then cook dinner for all the volunteers herself and then clean up afterwards. Gleanings is still going strong and a legacy to both of their hard work and love for others.

Norma was soft spoken, quick to listen instead of talking, prayerful, kept confidences, gentle in spirit, long-suffering, and had a bit of wit. She will be greatly missed!

She is survived by her daughter, Coleen and Don Jones of Walla Walla, a son, Steven and Debra Wengeof Murfreesboro, Tenn., a daughter, Luanne Alu from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and a son, Dwight Wenge, from Waikoloa, Hawaii, nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. There will be a memorial service in California at Gleanings for the Hungry in the spring. She will be buried by her beloved husband close to the ministry they started.

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