Verna Medberry

Verna Medberry



     Verna Anna Medberry, 96, of West Union, Iowa, formerly of Volga and Elgin, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019, due to natural causes. Verna was born October 1, 1923, the daughter of Henry W. and Sabina Gross at her family’s Eldorado, Iowa farm home.  She attended Dover Number 2 School in Eldorado until she entered West Union High School.  She continued her post-secondary education at Cedar Rapids Business College and upon graduation 1942 was employed at 1st National Bank, West Union, Iowa until her marriage to Glen Medberry August 14, 1949.  They farmed north of Volga, Iowa until retiring to Elgin, Iowa.  Glen passed away Feb. 10, 2014.  Verna resided at Stoney Brook Village, West Union, Iowa the past five years.

     St. Peter Lutheran Church, Eldorado, Iowa was Verna’s faith home where she was baptized, confirmed in the Christian faith and married.  Verna and Glen were members of Elgin Lutheran Church.  Verna enjoyed many years of teaching Sunday school, being an active member and serving in the leadership of Elgin Lutheran Ladies Aid and WELCA, membership in Highland Township Goodwill and being a leader for the Marion Busy Bees 4-H club.  She graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Upper Iowa College in 1993.

     Verna will be fondly remembered for her loving devotion to her family, especially her husband, Glen, and her grandchildren.  Survivors include her children, Polly (Bruce) Pattison of Urbandale, Iowa, and Rob (Dawn) Medberry of Volga, Iowa; grandchildren: her daughter, Linda’s children, Fredric (Jenn) Wiegel of Burlington, NC.; Anna Wiegel, West Des Moines, Allison Pattison, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Max (Ames, Iowa), Madelin, Maria, and Mayleigh Medberry; great-granddaughter, Dava Wiegel; and sister-in-law, Arlene (the late Quinton) Olson. 

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; infant son, Mark Medberry; daughter, Linda Flanders; grandson, Austin Pattison; brothers, Art (Louise), Richard (Frances), and Heine (Irene) Gross; her sisters, Lottie (Ernest) Koester and Lucille (Ronald) Grafenberg.    

  Visitation was held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elgin, Iowa.  Inurnment: Elgin Cemetery.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Elgin Lutheran Church, Elgin, Iowa.

Inurnment followed at Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

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