Alvera Juliana (Neuhaus) Mormann, age 88, passed away Sunday, Nov 22, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, with family present, after a long struggle with breast cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with interment in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg.
Vera was born on Dec. 23, 1931, in New Vienna, the daughter of Bernard and Theresa (Wiskus) Neuhaus. She married William H. Mormann April 25, 1954, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna. Together, they had eleven children: Alan (Pam) of Petersburg, Terry (JoAnn) of Independence, Randy (Carmen) of Petersburg, Robert (Kim) of Omaha, Neb., Deb (Garry) Anstoetter of Epworth, William III (Mary) of Farley, Bev (John) Nelson of Navarre, Fla., Mary (Gerry) Schlegel of Fort Worth, Tex., James (Melinda) of Morton, Ill., Carl (Lisa) of Dyersville, and Lynn (Kevin) Franzluebbers of Omaha, Neb.
She was the proud grandmother of 22 grandchildren and the beaming great-grandmother of 26 great-grandchildren.
Vera leaves behind one sister, Germaine (Neuhaus) Foxen; and cousin, Mary Lou Schmit; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William H. Mormann; her son, Alan Mormann; her grandson, Patrick Mormann; brothers, Alvin (Clara Ann) Neuhaus and Bernard (Delores) Neuhaus; and in-laws, Richard “Dick” and Mary Arens, Harlan and Julitta Friedman and William Schmitt.
Vera had a quick wit, a contagious smile, and hugs that engulfed you in her love. She made everyone feel like a friend and was thought of by many as a second mom or special grandma. She was genuine and always made time to chat and share a smile. There was never a story that wasn’t too good to be told again and again. She had a way of opening her home to others, even if it was unexpected, one was always welcomed.
Vera had a green thumb: her beautiful flowers and plants were showcased inside and out. Throughout her years, Vera donated her blooms to the area greenhouses for homecoming corsages and to the St. Peter & Paul church to adorn the altar of her faith. Keeping to her nature, you’d see her riding her Dixon mower through town to make sure her lawns were manicured to their finest.
Her second home was on the baseball field, supporting her husband as team manager and her boys as they took the field for the Petersburg Baseball team. Vera ran the concession stand, making roasters of turkey and Maid Rite sandwiches and making sure no one ever left hungry.
Vera had a strong faith and prayed the rosary every day. She always gave great advice that usually ended with the comment to “Pray about it and look for guidance from upstairs and I’ll pray an extra rosary for you.” Vera cherished her family, and they were truly her greatest treasure. Her advice was endless and valued.
Over the years, Vera participated in church groups, prayer groups, school activities and bowling leagues. The continued support of her family was seen by her presence at their events whenever she could. She volunteered in the community lending a helping hand to anyone in need.
Vera will be missed by many; her family has lost a treasure – their rock and matriarch. Her kind, gentle spirit will be a light that continues to shine through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family extends sincere gratitude for the care and compassion of those that brought a loving touch to their mother: the Stonehill Care facility nurses, care and liturgical staff, and administrator Peggy Stockel; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. Mark Herman; Dr. Tony Heiar; Dr. Garrett Ridgley; Dr Amy Even and Dr. Tauseef Khan.
Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com. Please send cards and memorials to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040: Please include first and last name of Vera Mormann on the outside of the envelope.