OBITUARY

Norma J. Langner

December 10, 1922April 20, 2021
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Norma Langner, age 98, passed away on April 20, 2021. She was born on December 10, 1922 to Edward and Amanda Kinas. Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Norma was born and grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin where she met and married Harold Langner on September 19, 1942. They moved to Bremerton, Washington during WWII and then settled in Wichita in 1949. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church. She belonged to Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Executive Women, Welcome Wagon Bridge, Lamplighters, Best Years, and Minisa Golden Age Club. Norma enjoyed playing bridge, collecting antiques, reading, poetry, fishing, walking, travelling, and time spent with her family especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold Langner; son, Gary Langner; brothers, Herb (Margaret) Kinas and Gus (Bette) Kinas; and sisters, Alma (Fred) Langner and Leona (Eddie) Lubin. Norma is survived by her daughter, Lauren (John) Clifton; grandchildren, Tamara (Don) Hayward, Michelle (Darin) Pritchett, Jason (Leigh) Langner, and Kory Langner; step-grandchildren, Kim (Joey) Muller and Mike Clifton; great grandchildren, Ben & Megan Hayward, Morgan & Peyton Pritchett, and Drew & Elise Langner; step-great grandchild, JP Hood; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 10:00AM, Saturday, May 1st, with visitation starting at 8:30AM, both at Christ Lutheran Church, 5356 N. Hillside Street, Wichita, Kansas 67219. Funeral Service for Norma will be livestreamed through the church at https://www.facebook.com/chad.langdon.92/videos/10221268209748731/

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Norma's memory can be made to Christ Lutheran Church.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Clifton, Pallbearer
  • Don Hayward Jr., Pallbearer
  • Darin Pritchett, Pallbearer
  • Jason Langner, Pallbearer
  • Kory Langner, Pallbearer
  • Ben Hayward, Pallbearer

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Biography

Norma was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 10,1922, the 5th child of Amanda and Edward Kinas. She attended St. Luke’s Lutheran School for 8 years, then McKinley Junior High, and graduated from Mary D Bradford High School, all in Kenosha.
Norma’s work career began while she was still in high school, working the box office of the neighborhood Roosevelt Theater. Upon graduation, she took a position as Secretary to one of the managers at the Kenosha Auto Transport Co. When the company moved out of town, Norma took a job at the Nash-Kelvinator Co. as Secretary to the Plant Engineering Mgr.
On September 19, 1942, Norma married Harold (Harry) Langner . Harry was an apprentice Tool and Die Maker in Racine, WI, and still had 2 years remaining before he would be certified as a Journeyman. They made their home in Racine and Norma left her position at Nash to go to work as Secretary to the V.P. of Mfg. at J.I. Case Co.
When Harry finished his apprenticeship, he volunteered for the service, but he had a heart condition, so he was rejected. Instead, he was asked to sign a contract with the U.S Navy to work in the shipyard in Bremerton, WA.
While in Bremerton, in May of 1945, Norma gave birth to their son, Gary. When the war ended, they moved to Seattle where they lived until 1947. A second pregnancy and resulting health problems took then back to Wisconsin. In March of 1948 daughter, Lauren, was born in Racine. By this time Harry had, through extra education and field experience, become an Industrial Engineer. He was offered a position with the Cardwell Mfg. Co. in Wichita. Norma then stayed at home caring for the children and being a “housewife” for several years. She developed tuberculosis and underwent lengthy treatment in Wichita. Thankfully, she survived, which was uncommon at that time.
When she went back to the work force she worked for United Sash and Door, McChiggage Sales Co., executive secretary at Westholt Manufacturing Co., Customer Relations Manager at McCormick Mathers Publishing Co., and then Davis Mfg. Co., where she worked for Bill Davis until the company was sold to Tenneco and J. I. Case. Norma was back at J.I. Case as the executive secretary to the General Plant Manager where she stayed for 14 years until she retired in 1984.
Even though Norma was a “career woman” for most of her life, she always had time for her family. When Gary and Lauren were young, there were school activities, baseball games, Boy Scouts activities, and Campfire girl activities (she even served as troop leader for one year). And don’t forget the yearly trips to NW Kansas for the opening weekend of pheasant season! Then in later years, there were 4 grandchildren to provide more fun. Norma loved baking cookies, cinnamon rolls, Boston Cream pie and having family dinners. Though they all lived out of town, the children and grandchildren were often in Wichita for weekends. There was usually a round of miniature golf involved. There were family excursions and sometimes different family members accompanied Harry and Norma on their yearly Minnesota fishing trips.
The Langner’s were active members of Christ Lutheran Church for over 65 years and many of their most lasting friendships were the result of their work in the church. Norma didn’t sew, but she enjoyed the fellowship of the quilting group. She was active in the Women of the Church and loved visiting with friends after the services. Norma and Harry initiated the coffee fellowship after church while the church was still at the original location.
Norma was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Social Sorority, Executive Women Int., Welcome Wagon Bridge, Lamplighters, Best Years, and Minisa Golden Age Club. She loved playing bridge and played several times a month. For the last year of her life, she played at Georgetown 2 to 3 times a week. She also loved playing canasta and had looked forward to seeing her canasta group again.
There were many other hobbies to fill Norma’s spare time. She and Harry were antique collectors. They enjoyed decorating their home with antiques, going to estate auctions, and also selling at the local flea market. There was always time for travel. They had been to all the continental U. S. states and all the Canadian provinces, as well as Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Greece, France, and Italy. She loved seeing plays, especially musicals, many of which she saw over and over! She loved movies, POETRY, reading, fishing, hunting, and just “making memories” with the family.
Norma had a wonderful husband for 63 years, 2 great children, and wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although none of the family lived in Wichita, Norma had wonderful friends who kept her from being lonesome. She lived a full and happy life and counted her blessings daily.