In Memoriam: Norma Pederson, Wife of Reach Beyond President Wayne Pederson

Wayne and Norma PedersonNorma Pederson, the wife of Reach Beyond President Wayne Pederson, passed away Thursday, April 3, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

“She passed peacefully with family around her quoting great resurrection Scriptures,” reported Wayne in breaking the news of his high school sweetheart’s passing to friends and ministry supporters. “We’re happy for Norma, sad for us. There is no way to thank you all for your love, support and prayers during this time. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives.”

Diagnosed with cancer in May 2013, Norma underwent extensive surgery and four months of chemotherapy. While it appeared that Norma had made a remarkable recovery, the cancer returned in March of this year and ultimately took her life.

“We mourn the loss of Norma, and our hearts and prayers go out for Wayne and the rest of the Pederson family,” shared NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Yet we are thankful that her pain is now gone and that she is with the Lord and with loved ones who have gone before us. Until the Lord calls us home, she will be greatly missed.”

Dr. Johnson will be among the friends and ministry supporters who will celebrate Norma’s life at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Calvary Church in Roseville, MN. A memorial service is also set for Colorado Springs, CO, on Saturday, May 10.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Reach Beyond ( or Compassion International (

Norma is survived by her husband, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. Wayne and Norma were married for more than 45 years.

Published: April 10, 2014