Norma Jean (Kreifels) Gress

Born: Sun., Nov. 13, 1927
Died: Tue., Jul. 3, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 09, 2018
Location: Gude Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Jul. 09, 2018
Location: Gude Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Jul. 10, 2018
Location: St. Benedict's Catholic Church

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Norma Jean Gress, age 90 of Nebraska City, NE passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Ambassador in Nebraska City.

Norma Jean was born on November 13, 1927 in rural Nebraska City, NE; the daughter of Robert and Nora (Heng) Kreifels.  She attended country school and later St. Bernard’s Academy in Nebraska City.

On July 24, 1945, Norma Jean was united in marriage to Melvin A. Gress at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Paul, NE and to this union four children were born:  Sharon, Jim, Sally and Steve.

She was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.  In addition to being a mom and wife, she worked alongside Melvin on the farm for many years.  Norma Jean also worked at Hested's, Newberries, Tobers and Catron Orchard.

Norma Jean is survived by her husband of 72 years, Melvin Gress of Nebr. City; children:  Sharon Durr of Nebr. City, Jim Gress and wife Carolyn of Nebr. City, Sally McElroy of Bennington, NE and Steve Gress and wife Chris of Ashland, NE; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother LeRoy Kreifels of Nebr. City; sister-in-law Mary Kreifels of Nebr. City; other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Nora Kreifels; son-in-law Arnold Durr; brother Milton Kreifels and sisters and brothers-in-law:  Velda Kreifels, Esther Wirth and husband James, Leonard Gress and wife Mava and Harold Gress and wife Margaret.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Nebr. City with Fr. Mark Cyza officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Benedict’s Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City.  The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. prior to the Rosary.

Memorials may be given to St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, the Lourdes Endowment or Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Marcia Gruber
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
Jim and sharon, I am so sorry for your loss!!!!! Heaven gained another angel!!!!!! Your mom was one of a kind.....such a sweet lady!!!!! RIP Norma Jean!!!

Janine Uldrich
   Posted Wed July 04, 2018
May the Lord embrace you at your time of loss. She was a wonderful woman.

Mitch Cruse
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Sally, sorry for the loss of your mother, please know my family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless

Patty (Schnitzer) Waters
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Deepest condolences to the entire family. I have a lifetime of memories of this sweet, warm woman.

Michael Finn
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

vicki volkmer
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
My deepest condolences to you all, may God bless you & give you strength at this difficult time

Beverly Bendorf
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Sally and family,so sorrry abought your Mom,she was such a sweet lady.Sendy love and prayers your way.

Juanita L Hoyle
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Ron and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace !
Nita & Ron Hoyle

Lino J. Thomas
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great Lady. God Bless your Family.
Love Lino

Steven Webering
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Steve, Susan, Emily .

In memory of a lovely lady - Best wishes & sympathy to all - The Webering family.

Nancy & Jeff Durr
   Posted Sun July 08, 2018
So very sorry for your loss!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!! I remember your mom with a smile!! Your folks were always so nice to us when they would come to visit Jim & Esther and when we would see them in Nebr City. We are BLESSED to have known them!!!
Nancy & Jeff Durr

Tina and Tony Buttercase and Gladys Weston
   Posted Mon July 09, 2018
To the Gress Family,
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Mother, Wife , and Grandmother, My mother wanted to send her condolences she and Norma have known each other for many years, and has expressed what a wonderful person she has always been she and Melvin attended school many years ago together. Know that Norma Jean is reunited with other families members who have gone before her. She is not gone she will always be near watching over each and everyone of you. Cherish your memories and know she is with her Lord in heaven,. God Bless you all. So Sorry!
Tina and Tony Buttercase
Gladys Thorne-Weston

Mila Curtis
   Posted Mon July 09, 2018
We will be thinking about all of you tonight and tomorrow as you say good-bye to an awesome person. We so enjoyed the times we visited with Norma Jean and Melvin. She always had a smile and twinkle in her eyes. She will be missed----

Jeanne Martin
   Posted Mon July 09, 2018
Sally, you and your family are deep within my thoughts and my prayers. May the peace of Christ fill your hearts.

Leisha Frum
   Posted Tue July 10, 2018
I loved getting to care for Norma Jean!! And our walks together will always be cherished!!! Thank you Susan for making me feel so loved with all the stories..

Jan Hansen
   Posted Thu July 12, 2018
Family of Norma Jean:
You have my deepest sympathy. I will always have a special place in my heart for Norma Jean and will have a lot of memories of her and your entire family as I think back to the "70"s when Phyllis and I would come to Nebraska City with Sally and work at the apple orchard. Weekends were so much fun, mind you we did work, but staying with Melvin and Norma Jean was awesome. Treasure the memories as that will always keep her close.
You all are very special to me.

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