Vernita Pape

Vernita Pape



Vernita Pape, 99, of Maynard and formerly of Stanley, Iowa died Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Stanley Union Church, Stanley, Iowa, with Rev. Philip Rownd officiating. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment was at the West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa.

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Vernita Minnie Julia Nodurft was born on December 31, 1919 in Strawberry Point, Iowa the daughter of Fred and Hilda (Frederick) Nodurft.  She graduated from Strawberry Point High School and continued her education at Upper Iowa College in Fayette where she received her teaching certificate.  She taught first through fourth grades in Waucoma and at country schools near Greeley and Edgewood. Vernita was united in marriage to Victor Melvin Pape on January 20, 1951 in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  The couple farmed near West Union for a few years until purchasing a farm south of Fayette in 1954 where they raised their family and lived until retirement.  They moved to Stanley in 1985 where they were faithful members and caretakers of the Stanley Union Church.  They also delivered the Shopper Newspaper for many years.  Vernita later moved to Maynard.  

She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, quilting, crocheting, collecting recipes. She loved to camp with Good Sam and Wild Rose Ramblers Camping Clubs, square dancing, traveling, visiting the Amish and spending time with her family.

Vernita is survived by her seven children: Eldon Pape of Stanley, Linda Kraemer of Cedar Rapids, Bruce (Jean) Pape of Maynard, Brice (Kim) Pape of Maynard, Karen (Gregg) Ford of Maynard, Daniel Pape of Ames and Sharon (Jason) Decker of Oelwein; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister: Vonda Billhorn of Manchester and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Victor on July 31, 2003; brother: Raymond Nodurft; grandson, Alexander Warnke and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

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