Verna Maxine Wangsness, 91, of Ossian, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Ossian. There also was a one-hour visitation before services at the church Monday. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar, with Rev. Ron Pederson as the officiant. Burial followed at Calmar City Cemetery, Calmar. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian helped the family with arrangements.

Verna Maxine was born to Lester and Edna (Mork) Torkelson in Forest City. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church. Verna graduated from Ossian High School in 1944, and Hamilton Business College, Mason City, in 1946.
Verna was united in marriage with Howard Ove Wangsness Sept. 15, 1950, at First Lutheran Church, rural Ossian. She worked as a farmwife and accountant-bookkeeper for Schmitz-Furniture and Funeral Home in Ossian, Ossian Sales Barn and the Union Produce Co-Op until retiring in 1990. Verna was a sweet and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Verna was active in many community organizations, including Farm Bureau, 4-H, Aid Association for Lutherans, Trinity Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid and a Sunday school teacher. Verna loved to travel all over the United States and beyond to Norway and Canada. She enjoyed square dancing, card club. She mostly enjoyed gathering with her friends and family.

Verna is survived by her two children, Robert (Mary) Wangsness of Cedar Rapids and Julie (Ted) Schneider of Hudson, Wis.; one granddaughter, Danielle (Ryan Beck) Wangsness of Cedar Rapids; three great-grandchildren: Nolan Wangsness, Cade Beck and Harper Beck; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Ila) Wangsness of Allison; sisters-in-law, Joanne Egge of Decorah, Norma Wangsness of Decorah, Georgia Snyder of Decorah, Sharon Wangsness of Allison and Daune (Dave) McCulloch of Quincy, Ill.; 10 nephews; nine nieces and several cousins.

Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, March 17, 2015; grandson, Thomas Wangsness; parents, Lester and Edna Torkelson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Johanna Wangsness; brother, Leslie Torkelson; five brothers-in-law: Willis Wangsness, John Wangsness, Roy Snyder, Gil Egge and Loren “Butch” Weselmann; and two sisters-in-law, Virgina Snyder and Dorothy Torkelson.