Vera Westra, 98, formerly of Verndale, passed away December 14, 2017 at Fair Oaks Lodge, Wadena with her family at her side.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20, at the Hope Chapel, rural Verndale with Reverend Neal Malcore presiding. Military honors were provided by the MNAGHG.
Burial was in Poplar Cemetery, Leader.
Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes, Wadena,
Vera was born September 6, 1919, to George Elmer and Stella Ramona (Porter) Collison in Sturgis, SD. She attended country school through the eighth grade. She served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Corporal, in 1946 at San Francisco, CA. Over the years Vera worked in housekeeping, and as a waitress.
Vera married Irvin George Westra on June 1, 1948 in Brainerd. They resided north of Verndale. Vera enjoyed the outdoors, working in her yard, tending to her flowers, puzzles and was a former member of the Nimrod Garden Club.
Vera is survived by two daughters, Jill (John Uselman) Westra of Wadena and Jean Biggs of North Royalton, OH; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Janet Westra; five brothers Elmer, Orville, George, Cecile and Harold Collison; three sisters, Lela “Beth” Johnson, Margaret Gelvin and Esther Johnson and her in-laws Henry and Elizabeth Westra.