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Verla Sperry
May 28, 1923 - April 14, 2018

Verla Sperry, 94, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service at church on Thursday.  Funeral Services will begin at 10:30 AM on Thursday April 19, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein with Rev. Connie Markle officiating.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Verla May Sperry was born May 28, 1923 on the family farm near Oelwein to parents Harry and Elsie (Kraft) Lincoln.  She graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1941, after growing up in the Strawberry Point area on a farm.  Verla married Albert Sperry at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein on June 12, 1949, and stated this was one of the happiest days of her life.  They lived in the Oelwein area since their marriage.  Albert passed away after 43 years of marriage in 1992.

Verla had been employed with City Laundering and as a secretary at Retail Credit.  She volunteered at the Fontana Nature Center and helped with Lifeserve Blood Drive.

Verla enjoyed cooking, holiday get-togethers with family, maintaining her yard and plants, and most of all her four children, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.  She also enjoyed sports, especially wrestling as she had someone on a team since 1962 in Oelwein, Gladbrook, Independence and Wapsie Valley Schools.  She idolized Elvis Presley, Dan Gable and Lawrence Welk.

She is survived by her children: Bruce (Susan) Sperry of Waterloo, Peggy (Denny) Schrader of Hazleton and Debbie (Shannon) Hershey of Brooklyn; her sisters-in-law: Wilma Lincoln and Isella Sperry Smith; her son in-law Bill Ziegler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Albert; her sisters: Arlene Gerdes, Avis Higgins, Evaline Niehaus and Donna Lincoln; her brothers: Charles and Robert Lincoln; and her daughter Mary Beth Ziegler. 


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Robin and Bill Rosenstiel(Loretta Smith) on April 22, 2018 at 5:46 PM said:

Debbie and Shannon,Family and to All the Sperry Family,sending our deepest Sympathy in the passing of your Mom.
Wanda Lee Goins on April 19, 2018 at 1:04 PM said:

Bruce and family,

I send my condolences to all of your family. Children and grandchildren will have many memories. Your family is in my prayers.
The BELL Family on April 19, 2018 at 3:18 AM said:

Verla Was A Great Lady, Loved And Admired By Everyone She Came In Contact With! We Spent A Lot of Vacation Time With The Sperry Family And Enjoyed Every Minute Of It . God Bless You Verla!
Theo TePaske on April 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM said:

Very sorry for your loss.
Barb Bennett on April 17, 2018 at 8:46 PM said:

I went to school with Mary Beth. I know they are together! Everytime I saw Mama Sperry, she asked what I was doing. I told her I was coaching the girls softball team in Oelwein... She came to a few games (which Mary Beth was a part of)and I so loved that she was there. I am so blessed to have known her and I loved her spirt of sport and volunteerism. She was one of a kind!
Gene and Mary Handel and family on April 17, 2018 at 7:17 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Verla and Uncle Albert were fun to be around and always positive and encouraging. We were blessed to have Verla in our life. It was always a pleasure to visit with her.
Sheryl, Dick/Dalene Gosse, Oelwein on April 17, 2018 at 12:47 AM said:

Bruce, Peggy & Debbie: So sorry for your loss. She lived a good life,94! Love your picts you are sharing on each of your pages. I may not be able to make the visitation, we lost 2 cousins this week, one funeral same time as your mom's, will be sending a card. Thinking of you all, never easy but you are a close family. This will greatly help. Your family n friends are here for you now n in the future. Cherish your wonderful memories. Mom is now home with the love of her life and Mary Beth. We have you all in our prayers.
Ron& Cheri Reisner on April 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM said:

Sorry for your loss. Have known verla since the mid 50's. She was a wonderful person and will be at missed.
Joel Mohr on April 16, 2018 at 11:41 AM said:

Dear Sperry family,
Verla was a kind and wonderful woman. She not only loved and supported her family, she adopted every wrestling team she grew to know. On behalf of all wrestlers throughout the state, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to her and Albert for the enormous support they gave us. May your fond memories of her provide you comfort and strength. God bless.
Graig & Sharon Smith on April 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM said:

Thinking of you at this difficult time ... I know how very special Verla was to your family and to the whole community of Oelwein ... you are in our thoughts and prayers ...
Dick & Annie Anglin on April 16, 2018 at 8:23 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, at this time of your loss.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on April 16, 2018 at 6:35 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to your family. Verla was one of the nicest people I've every met-just a great gal.
Chris Gonterman on April 15, 2018 at 6:07 PM said:

Very sad to hear this. Verla was quite a gal! My thoughts and prayers to her family.
GARY and Sharon Rubino on April 15, 2018 at 3:37 PM said:

Sad to hear of Verla’s passing, our thoughts and prayers to her family! Verla was a great lady, always with smile on her face!
Pete Hausrath on April 15, 2018 at 7:32 AM said:

It was with great sadness that I learned of Verla's passing. She was one of my favorite people. I extend my sincere sympathies to the Sperry family. May she rest in peace.
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