The funeral service for Velma Line of Verndale will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the Verndale Alliance Church in Verndale with Pastor Tony Stanley presiding. Visitation will be held at the church Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a time of prayer and remembrance at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Velma, age 90, passed away with family at her side on Feb. 12, 2019, at the Lakewood Health System, Staples.
Velma was born to Walter and Ruth (Furnas) Kellem January 6, 1929, in the family home five miles North of Wall, SD. She attended schools in Quinn, SD, Sebeka, MN, Venice and Compton, CA. At the age of 16, her family moved to Verndale.
She was united in marriage to Joyce O. Line on October 19, 1949 in Verndale. They started their family on a farm north of town. In 1954 they moved onto the dairy farm which they purchased from Velma’s parents and there they raised their family of eight.
Velma taught Sunday School for many years. She babysat for many local children and came to love them as her own. She and Joyce were members of the Central MN Beef Growers, and could be found frying hamburgers at the county fair and other local celebrations. She also served as an election official at the Aldrich Town Hall and enjoyed being a member of the local Mystery Sisters Club and Homemakers Club. She was a huge fan of the Verndale Pirates and enjoyed watching all who participated. She was an avid watcher of the MN Twins.
She enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens; cooking, baking, and canning the products of her hard work. Velma found joy in sewing, crocheting and embroidery. She savored time with her friends and family, always having coffee on for whomever came through her open door. She liked watching the birds and riding around on the 4-wheeler. She found peace reading her Bible.
Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Joyce, on October 10, 2010; her parents, Walter and Ruth; siblings Darrell, Dean (in WWII), Vernon, infant sister and a great-granddaughter, Grace.
Velma will be remembered by her children, Donald (JoAnn) of Verndale, Anita Line of Verndale, Dwight (Mary Ann) of Wadena, Linda (Jerry) Korfe of Clarissa, Jerry (Diane) of Grey Eagle, Richard (Bonnie) of Staples, Mary (Dean) Sloan of Annandale and Jennifer (Chris) Line-Chapman of Buffalo; 31 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Michael McGrane, Gabriel Line, Weldon Crider, Jamie Line, Symon Tschida, Dwight Line, Jr., Sarah Eisenmenger and Sophia Chapman.
Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Verndale, with Pastor Daryl Jacobson officiating.
Arrangements with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena