Verna M. Greenwood, 80, of Farley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on the six-year anniversary of her husband’s passing, Friday, Feb. 19, at Riverbend Retirement Community in Cascade.
Visitation for Verna was held from 4-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley.
A Mass of Christian burial for Verna was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Lectors were Karen Althoff and Jolene Kaufman. Eucharistic Minister was Patty Bonert. Placing the pall were Dennis Greenwood, Deb Pins, Becky Knipper and Chris Greenwood. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Farley. Casketbearers were Steve Engelken, Dale Engelken, Joe Koppes, Roger Koppes, Scott Maiers, Kenny Maiers, Joe Gaul and Jim Gaul. Services were live streamed to the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page.
Verna was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Luxemburg, daughter of Joseph and Stella (Dolan) Gaul. She graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross. On Sep. 27, 1961, she was united in marriage to Raymond E. Greenwood at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. Together the couple farmed south of Farley for many years.
Verna was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Farley. She was a dedicated wife and mother. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. Verna enjoyed nature, reading, crafting, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the occasional glass of wine. She will be sadly missed and celebrated often with a toast she coined, “Cheers. Happy days to you.”
She is survived by four children: Dennis (Sue) Greenwood of Dyersville, Deb (Joe) Pins and Becky (Mike) Knipper, both of Earlville, and Chris Greenwood of Farley; seven grandchildren: Jennifer (Matt) Klaren, Kayla Pins (Marcus Havertape), Allie, Erin, and Dylan Knipper, Molly (Kurt) Urbain and Matt (Mary) Lent; five great-grandchildren: Cailin, Kaleb, Elise, Kaydence and Amelia; three siblings: Marlene Koppes (Bill Hosch) of Cascade, David (Carol) Gaul of Guttenberg, and Donnie (Deb) Gaul of Luxemburg; brother-in-law, Bernie Maiers of Holy Cross; and sisters-in-law, Linda Greenwood of Farley, and Rita Heims of Prairieburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; one sister, Connie Maiers; a great grandson, Aydan; father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marcella Greenwood; in-laws: Elmer (Mary) Weber, Irene (Julius) Engelken, Eldon Greenwood and Elmer Heims.
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverbend Retirement Community, Hospice of Dubuque and St. Joseph’s Parish for all the support and kindness they received throughout Verna’s illness.
Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Verna Greenwood Family, at P.O. Box #99, Farley, Iowa, 52046. You may view a Video Tribute and give online condolences to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com