Mr. Wenzel was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Cathedral Church for 87 years before moving to the apartment community of Our Lady of the Snows on September 1, 2012. He was a veteran of World War II. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 1st Class on the USS Pelias, a submarine tender in the South Pacific. He was also a past commander and life member of V.F.W. Post #1739 and a 70 year member of Carpenters Local #662. He retired as the building and zoning commissioner for the City of Belleville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary, nee Schneider, Wenzel; two brothers, Frank Wenzel, Jr. and Russell Wenzel.
Surviving are his wife, Rita, nee Mudd, Wenzel, of 70 years, whom he married on September 9, 1946;
three sons, Michael (Kathy) Wenzel of Belleville, IL,
Kevin (Kelli Davis) Wenzel of Short Hills, NJ,
and Gary (Carla) Wenzel of Columbia, IL;
two daughters, Dr. Judith Rogers of Tucson, AZ,
and Geri (Larry) Linck of Mascoutah, IL;
ten grandchildren, Jennea Bono, Dr. Michael Rogers,
Ben (Deb) Rogers, Corey (Crystal) Wenzel,
Erika (Paul) Kircher, Eric Klein, Alison Linck,
Madison Linck, Jack Wenzel,
and Kate Wenzel;
six great-grandchildren, Alonna Rogers, Liam Rogers,
Leighton Wenzel, Hudson Wenzel, Mila Wenzel,
and Caroline Grace Kircher;
a sister, Rita Ryan of Metuchen, NJ;
a sister-in-law, Mary L. Wenzel;
and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give thanks to retired Dr. Robert Ringhofer and his staff for many years of caring, the staff at Memorial Hospital 4-South, the caring nurses at the Dammert Center, and Heartland Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows or a Food Pantry of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.
Private burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
We will miss our dear uncle and friend. There are so many memories we have of him. I remember playing baseball as a kid and uncle and my dad would take turns pitching and catching while us kids batted and fielded and ran the bases. I remember the boat at the lake that he drove that I first learned to water ski. I remember the camping trips. I remember all the building projects and watching my cousins get this tool or that tool that was needed. I remember the homemade ice cream that we all enjoyed. As an adult, I remember him helping to tear off the back porch of our house. I remember his sense of humor, his nicknames for my dad and aunt. His telling of stories of my dad and mom after their funerals that made us all laugh and cry at the same time. Mostly I remember his hugs and kisses that made you feel cherished and loved.
Our thoughts and prayers are with my cousins and their families and Aunt Rita and we wish you peace.
Kathy, Tony and Libby Phipps, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63119
Rita and family,
So sorry to read of Norb’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Gary Hopfinger, Lake Placid, FL, 33852-6094
Mike & Kathy / Gary & Carla,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Carmen and I are out of town and will not be able to attend the service and mass. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss and we will catch up when we return.
Carmen & Don Rigney
Don & Carmen Rigney, Belleville, Il, 62226
To Rita &Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We were neighbors for so long. We will not be able to attend services as we are out of town because one of Lornas sisters passed. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love in Christ,
Tom and Lorna Kaiser
Tom & Lorna Kaiser , Belleville, Illinois, 62221