Ralph and Norma Grotelueschen Family Endowment


The Grotelueschen's both grew up on farms in Nebraska . Ralph, born in 1941, lived near Columbus (“City of Power and Progress”) and Norma Monson, born in 1943, lived near Saronville (population 25). Both families were faithful in supporting the churches they attended.  After graduating from high school Norma and Ralph went on to the University of Nebraska ( Lincoln ), where Ralph got his B.S. in Agronomy in 1963.  In 1965 Norma got her degree in Home Economics – Food and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska ( Lincoln ), while Ralph received his M.S. (Agronomy) from the University of Wisconsin ( Madison ) and they were married.  Norma worked as a dietitian at three privately owned dormitories and took graduate courses in food and nutrition at University of Wisconsin ( Madison ) while Ralph went on to get his PhD (Agronomy) from there in 1967.

Ralph and Norma became residents of the Quad Cities in 1967 when Deere & Co. employed Ralph as a biochemist.  Ralph had several titles in his over thirty years at Deere.  At his retirement in 2002 he was Director, Product and Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, and Standards Engineering.  During 1977 and 1978 he served one year on the Presidential Interchange Commission as a Policy Analyst with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D. C.

Since the birth of their three children (Amy, Renee, and Mark) between 1974-1978, Norma thinks of herself as a professional volunteer.  For 30 years she has been involved in a weekly Bible study and hymn sing at Parkview Terrace Nursing Home in East Moline .  When their children were in school Norma was President of the P.T.A. and Band Boosters.  She is now Zone Vice President of Lutheran Women's Missionary League and is involved with Sketch Ladies, who perform Skits at district conventions and retreats. Ralph and Norma are involved on boards at St. John'sLutheranChurch of East Moline where they both sing in the choir. Ralph has also served on State Planning Commission for Environmental Planning, East Moline Board of Education, Foundry Education Foundation Board of Directors, and chaired the Technical Council of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute.   

Both Ralph and Norma have several hobbies, but they share an interest in playing bridge with friends and family.

They planned a charitable gift to support the United Way and The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod locally, nationally, and internationally.  The Grotelueschen's feel the Community Foundation's highly qualified staff, wise Board of Directors, good investment history, and flexibility will facilitate the legal problems of establishing a trust, allow them to designate recipient and annual gifts, and establish a trust to provide charitable giving opportunities for their children. 

"It would have been a lot harder to go to school without the scholarship. It meant a lot less pressure."

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