Verna Elizabeth Richert

Born: Friday, April 23rd 1920 in Garland, Nebraska
Died: Thursday, January 23rd 2020 in Henderson, Nebraska
Age: 99 years, 9 months
March 2, 1943
March 12, 1946
Memorials In Care Of
Richert Family
Visitation Time(s)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at Volzke Funeral Home
(Family will greet friends
from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Utica, Nebraska
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Service: 10:30 am - Friday, January 31st 2020
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1100 D. St.
Utica, NE  68456
Officiating: Pastor Jon Dunbar and Pastor Richard Gudgel
Casketbearers: Ben Geis, Jeff Gloystein, Scott Sundberg, Jim Fahr, Tim Hodges, Jeremy McDonald, Sean Curtis
Honorary Casketbearers: Joyce Schriner, LaVern Stuhr, Ed Schmieding, Evie Barrett, Tim Moravec, Judy Stamm, Mark Schmieding, John Klepper, Dr. Roger Meyer, Nodia Jump (served with Verna in WWII), Vonie Barth
Utica American Legion Post #49 (51 year member)
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Utica, Nebraska

Verna Elizabeth (Schmieding) Richert passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 23, 2020, at the age of 99 years and 9 months. She was born to Louis and Eleonora (Sieck) Schmieding on April 23, 1920 near Garland, Nebraska and was baptized on May 2, 1920. At an early age she and her parents moved to a farm near Gresham, Nebraska. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School and Church and was confirmed there on May 13, 1934. She graduated from Utica High School in 1938 and the University of Nebraska School of Nursing in Omaha in 1942. She joined the United States Army Nurses Corp in 1943 during WWII, serving for 3 years in England and Scotland as an Army Nurse, First Lieutenant. She considered it her privilege and duty to serve her country. On September 21, 1947 she married Alfred Richert at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They established a home on a farm near Gresham. Three daughters were born to this union, Suzanne, Kathy and Virginia. Verna continued in the nursing profession working at Seward Memorial Hospital and the Utica Clinic for 19 years. Verna and Alfred moved to Utica in 1983. She enjoyed traveling, activities in the community, reading, quilting, sports and always looked forward to gatherings with her family and attending their various activities. Verna is fondly remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid where her spiritual life was nurtured. She served both her community and country faithfully and was a 51 year member of the Utica American Legion Post #49, Utica Senior Center, Seward V.F.W. Post #4755 and Retired Registered Nurses. She volunteered at the Utica Nursing Home, Meals on Wheels, Utica Senior Center and Centennial School. She also belonged to several card clubs. She is survived by her daughters Kathy (Lynn) Gloystein, Henderson and Ginny (Mike) Geis, Omaha; son-in-law Jim Tonniges, Stromsburg; grandchildren Melanie Tonniges Lincoln, Gwen Tonniges (Scott Sundberg) Stromsburg, Stephanie (Jim) Fahr Lincoln, Jennifer (Tim) Hodges Gretna, Jeff (Lacey) Gloystein Henderson, Ben (Angie) Geis St. Louis, Ashley (Jeremy) McDonald Kansas City, Amy (Sean) Curtis Cheyenne; 16 great grandchildren (and one more arriving in May); sisters-in-law Trudy Schmieding Brookings, S.D. and Jan Schmieding Bloomington, MN; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alfred(1995), daughter, Suzanne Tonniges (2015), brothers Wilbert, Orville and Arthur; sisters Ruth (in infancy), Dolores Schmidt and Norma Jean Schmieding; brothers and sisters in-law Lorna Schmieding, Les Schmidt, Walt and Evelyn Luebbe, Ruth Richert, Deuce and Merna Moravec and Helen Barron.

Verna Richert