Age 88, of Portland Oregon passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday April 16, 2013. She was born December 16, 1924 to Laurence and Mary Struck in Mechanicsville, IA. She was married to Benjamin C. Kneuven January 28, 1950 in Keokuk, Iowa who preceded her death. She survived by her two children: Jill and Rick Kneuven of Portland as well as four grandchildren. Norma received her teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal in 1948. Later in life she received her ministerial degree from Victory Bible College, Oklahoma in 1998 and served as a missionary to Harare, Zimbabwe Africa on two tours at the age of 75. Throughout the years she was very active in her local PEO chapters in Keokuk, IA, Santa Rosa CA, and Roseburg where she served as President on four different occasions. Norma was an advocate for neglected, ageing women and helped them find quality care and housing. In Roseburg her large pink home was a happy gathering place for the community as well as a safe place to live for men having served jail sentences and abused women to get back on their feet. She loved her homes, their flower gardens, many pets, taking her family on picnics to the woods and waterfalls on the North Umpqua River, or Rand Park in Keokuk. She was a fun loving lady always ready to make a party happen. Her passion was to help others less fortunate. She was an engaging, vibrant woman with a positive approach to life who loved giving her time and energy with joy for her church, her neighbor, or a person in need. Her spirit lives on in those she loved and cared for.
A celebration for her life will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Jasmine’s 809 SE Main St Roseburg, In lieu of flowers please donate to the local Humane Society.