In Memory of

Verna Ruth Peterson

July 29, 1922 - November 5, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Verna Ruth Peterson

Verna Ruth Peterson

Born: July 29, 1922
Died: November 5, 2021
Age: 99

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     Verna Ruth Peterson, the daughter of Vernon and Anna (Scheel) Thornburg, was born July 29, 1922 in Western, NE.  Her childhood years were spent in Western, NE, where she graduated from high school.  She later continued her education at Nebraska Wesleyan University and later the University of Nebraska, where she graduated.  She later received her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota.

      Verna married Gail Peterson on April 14, 1949 in Fairbury, NE. They moved to Spencer, Iowa in 1958 and were blessed with one son, Eric Thornburg Peterson.

     She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, serving in many capacities.  Verna was a elementary school teacher first in Fairbury, NE and later at Johnson and Lincoln schools in Spencer.  Verna was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.  She was also an active member of the Spencer Community Concert Board, The Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the BPW.

     Verna passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, IA on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the age of 99.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gail in 2007 and a sister, Dorothy Meisenbach.

     Left to cherish her memory are her son, Eric and his wife, Susan Peterson of Lake City, IA and her grandchildren: Jesse Andrew and April Amanda; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer
Pastor Shurmaine McAlpine
Norm Olson
Glen Chenhall
Dennis DeWitt
Dale Fisher
Paul Abrahamson
John Cotton
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
"The Holy City"
"My God & I"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held following the graveside services at the Wesley Room at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.


Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:32 AM
“Eric, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Verna was such a nice neighborhood "Mom". ”
- Beverly (Reason) Hummel
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“Eric, Susie and kids, Mrs Peterson was a driving force in the Spencer School System for years, many memories! Over the years she became a dear friend, with many shared family conversations. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and of her life's celebration...”
- Jay Janet Selzer & Family
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“I knew Verna from book club and Arts on Grand. She was a gracious, smart, and interesting woman. It was my privilege to know her. ”
- Joanne Schar
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“A sweet, sweet lady. Verna was very kind and caring. Sincere sympathy to her family.”
- Twila Henning
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