The Woodward News


March 12, 2014

Norma Jean Grunke

Woodward, Okla. —

Norma Jean Grunke, 75 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Woodward Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Norma Jean (Kornele) Grunke was born on September 10, 1938 in Woodward, Oklahoma to John Henry and Viola May (Hawbaker) Kornele. Norma grew up at Bent Canyon, north of Woodward and attended the Woodward schools. She graduated from Woodward High School in 1957. Norma was united in marriage to James Walter “Jim” Grunke on December 15, 1957 in Goliad, Texas. To this union they were blessed with three children, Danny James, Ronald Allen and John Joe. After Jim was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Portage, Wisconsin in July of 1958. Norma worked for the hosiery factory, making wool socks. The family moved to Woodward in 1968 and have lived there since that time.

While the boys were growing up all the neighborhood kids would come over and play because the yard was sticker free. Norma was known for her sweet tea, leaf lettuce and her dumplings. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons, Danny Grunke of Woodward, Ron Grunke of Woodward, John Grunke and wife Carmen of Woodward; seven grandchildren, Amber Grunke-Guevara and husband Jose, Weston Grunke, Joey Grunke and wife Tiffany, Catie Grunke, Jarrod Grunke and wife Makayla, Dillon Grunke, and Chase Grunke; five great-grandchildren, Giovanni Alexander Sabetazm, Toryn James Grunke-Guevara, Bradon Henry-Grunke, Lynden Kaye Grunke-Guevara, Natalie Belle Grunke; two sisters, Juanita Miller of Texas, Dona May Lucas of Woodward; special friend, Cynthia Henderson; Norma’s coffee friends, Betty and Lue; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Hospital with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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