Verniece V.  Pelzel


Verniece V. Pelzel, 91, passed away on July 9, 2019, in Roseville,
Minnesota. She spent the last two weeks of her life exactly
as she wanted - spending time with her loving family, reaching
out to old friends and making new ones, telling life stories, and
eating all of her favorite foods. Growing up during the Depression,
Verniece learned early to cherish everything she was given
and waste nothing. She valued every person she met and treated
them with dignity and respect. She was loved by many and will
be greatly missed.
Verniece was born October 11, 1927, to Olaf and Laura (Brenden)
Olson in Larson, North Dakota. When she was 10 years old,
the family packed up their belongings in a grain truck and moved
to Minnesota to escape the drought. She attended one-room
country schools until the sixth grade when they moved from
Madelia to St. James. On October 26, 1948, she married Raymond
Pelzel, and they farmed for five years in Heron Lake. They
moved to Mankato in 1953, and then to a lake home in Janesville
in 1977. After her husband passed away in 2007, she stayed at
the lake until moving in with family in 2012.
She is survived by two granddaughters, Carinda (Charles) Horton
and Tina (Kevin) Kaple; seven great grandchildren, Brandon
(Rachel) Patterson, Justin Patterson, Taylor Horton, Kayla Kaple,
Kyle Kaple, Alexis Horton, and Sean Horton; five great-great
grandchildren; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, David
Pelzel (d. June 22, 2019); four brothers, Marvin, Olai, Oscar, and
Lawrence Olson; four sisters, Clarabelle Beckius, Lila Keim,
Lavon Morgan, and Thea Andreason; and many brothers-in-law
and six sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Heron Lake on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., with Fr.
Pratap Reddy Salibindla officiating. A celebration of her life will
be held immediately following at the Heron Lake Community
Center. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd
Street, Duluth, MN, 55805, 218-727-3555.
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