Verla Mae Wessel – Edgewood

Verla Mae Wessel, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018, at her home in Edgewood. She was born in Jefferson Township, Clayton County, on October 19, 1928, the daughter of James and Selma (Schroeder) Zearley.

Verla graduated from Colesburg High School in 1946. She married Willard Wessel in Manchester on November 1, 1947. The couple had four children. Following Willard’s death on September 13, 1975, Verla moved to Edgewood and worked in assembly at the Ertl factory in Dyersville.

Verla enjoyed flowers, gardening, and cooking. She cherished time spent with her family.

Survivors include her children, Francis “Butch” Wessel of Cedar Rapids, Carol (Jim) Lenth of Farmersburg, Susan (Bill) Fuelling of Monona, and Janet (Jim) Kelchen of Edgewood; six grandchildren, Jared Lenth, Joshua Lenth, Katie (Wade) Kregel, Kristen (Walt) Zabel, Megan Kelchen, and Michael Kelchen; two great-granddaughters, Natalie and Addyson Kregel; two brothers, Carl Zearley and Lewis (Cindy) Zearley, all of Cedar Rapids; and a sister-in-law, Lylas Pensel of Earlville.

Verla was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; her parents; and a brother, James Zearley, Jr.

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Private Family Services: Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa, with Pastor Erika Kielstrup officiating.

Interment: Hansel Cemetery, rural Garber, Iowa