VERNA ELDORA SCHMUCK was born on November 16, 1930 to Chester and Ragna (Harldson) Swenson at home on the farm in Rock County, Minnesota. Verna was baptized on February 26, 1931 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Jasper, Minnesota and confirmed in 1944 at Rosedell Lutheran Church, also in Jasper. She attended Jasper High School for two years and graduated in 1948 from Luverne High School. On October 6, 1948, Verna was united in marriage to Wallace Schmuck at the Parsonage of Bethany Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota. For the first 18 months of their marriage, they lived with Wallace’s parents on the farm. In 1950, they moved to Hardwick. Three years later, they moved back to the family farm in Mound Township near Luverne. When the children were young, Verna helped on the farm, raised their family, and was employed at the Turkey Farm, which later became Blue Mound Catering. In 1983, Verna took the position of Head Cook at Luverne Senior Dining where she worked for 17 years. In 1999, the couple moved into the City of Luverne and in 2000, Verna retired. She remained busy through RSVP and helped out at the public school in addition to serving as a greeter at the hospital. On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, Verna died peacefully at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 8 days.
Verna was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She was involved in the Ladies Aid. Verna was a member of two different Pinnacle clubs for over 60 years. She enjoyed camping, crafts and baking chocolate chip cookies for the grandchildren.
Verna is survived by her three children, Ronald (Diane) of Alexandria, Minnesota, Sandra (Les) Nath of Jasper, and Lonette (Joe) Colwell of Rushmore, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, Jason Nath, Jessica Schroeder, Andrea Godsave, Ryan Schmuck, Kiley Metz, Kane Colwell, Kelsie Colwell, Kalis Colwell, Brittany Vandeweerd, and Matthew Schmuck; 4 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jeane (Swenson) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marilyn Swenson of Luverne, and Shirley Swenson of Luverne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; son, Todd Schmuck; brothers, Dale Swenson, Russell Swenson, Kenneth (Betty) Swenson, and Lester Swenson; and parents, Chester and Ragna Swenson.