Velma Chaplin – Monticello

Velma Chaplin age 93 of Monticello died Saturday September 28, 2019 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness.

Services will be held 11:00 Wednesday morning, October 2, 2019 at the United Church of Monticello. Rev Ed Moreano will officiate at the service. Friends may call starting at 10:00 Wednesday morning at the Church. Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at

Surviving are 2 children Linda (Robert) Ahlrichs of Monticello and John (Michael Flaherty) Chaplin of Des Moines; 3 grandchildren Harlan (Gayle) DeMean of Anamosa and Valerie (Brandon) Boelman of West Des Moines Brianna Flaherty, Altoona; 6 great grandchildren Brook Holub, Jackson, Kate, Malia, DeMean; Brody and Kellen Boelman.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Bob and her husband Jack in 2010.

Velma L. Shedek was born October 11, 1925 at Wyoming, Iowa.  She was the daughter of John and Mabel Garnett, Shedek.   Velma graduated from the Wyoming Community Schools in 1943.  She continued her education at the Cedar Rapids Business College.   Velma was employed in the business office at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory.    On January 26, 1949 Velma Shedek and Jack Chaplin were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  The couple farmed near Sand Springs before moving to Monticello.   Velma loved to bake cookies and make candy. Her chocolate covered cherries, peanut butter balls and chocolate covered mints were the best.

She had been a member of St. Luke Methodist Church, Monticello and later the United Church of Monticello where she had been active in a circle.