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Obituary for Verna M. Raymer

Verna M. Raymer
Verna M. Raymer, of West Salem, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem, at the age of 95.
Verna Margaret Amundson was born May 30, 1915, in Disco, Jackson County, the oldest of seven children of Alfred and Bella (Gilbertson) Amundson.  She graduated from Sparta High School in 1933 and continued her love of learning as an avid reader until failing vision forced her to quit reading at the age of 93.  Verna married Howard Raymer on September 20, 1937, and soon after that they became legal guardians of her younger siblings following the death of both of her parents.  She is survived by two of her sisters, Virginia Pophal and Lorrie (Bud) Garves.  In addition to her husband of 74 years, Verna is also survived by her three children, Sally (Wayne) Killian of Onalaska, and Bud (Jean) Raymer and Paul (Sue) Raymer, both of West Salem; six grandchildren, Mark (Diana) Killian, Amy (Kevin) Cerepak, Luke (Kelly) Raymer, Andy (Joy) Raymer, Matt (Chris) Raymer, and Ben Raymer; two great-grandsons, Sam Killian and Jake Mathey; seven great-granddaughters, Olivia Killian, Isabel Killian, Anesleigh Raymer, Lucy Raymer, Gabriella Raymer, Evelyn Raymer, and Natalie Cerepak; her sister-in-law, Gladys Amundson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by two children in infancy; a grandson, Michael Wayne Killian; siblings, Alice (Art) Bodanske, Norris Amundson, Elaine (Ellsworth) Thompson, and Maynard "Butch" (Agnes) Amundson; and a brother-in-law, Clyde Pophal.
Verna was a talented seamstress, creating clothes for herself, her daughter, and granddaughter plus many beautiful prom and wedding gowns for others, and she also enjoyed quilting with her "quilters' club".  Crocheting delicate doilies occupied her evening hours, and completing the big crossword puzzle was her passion on Sundays while her eyesight permitted.  Verna was an excellent cook and baker, trying new recipes well into her eighties.  Her family particularly loved her Christmas quiche and caramel pecan rolls.  Verna was active in Presbyterian Women at the Presbyterian Church of West Salem and was proud to be honored by the church for serving as treasurer for 25 years.  She served as treasurer of the West Salem Garden Club for 40 years as well.  She was also a den mother for her Cub Scout sons and helped the Band Booster Club with uniform repairs and distribution.  She and Howard always enjoyed the Friday fish fries and dancing at Maple Grove.  She loved baseball (the Brewers and Cubs), music, birds, her African violets, Howard's petunias, happy hour, and especially family gatherings.
A Celebration of Verna's Life will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of West Salem, 625 W. Franklin St.  Rev. Larry Olson and Rev. Scott Skogen will officiate.  Burial will be in Neshonoc Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Jostad Chapel), West Salem, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at
The family would like to thank the Mulder's staff for the excellent care that was given to Verna for the past eleven months.