Verna Delores Schwartz was born 4-23-21 in Springfield MN to Bernhardt (Ben) and Sarah (Hoffman) Schwartz, living on a farm NW of Springfield.
Her parents took her to a country school at District 14 til 8th grade, about 3 miles from their farm. Weather permitting, she walked to country school with other children in the neighborhood. She had 2 brothers, Eldor and Alvin, all 5 years apart.
She completed grades 9-12 at Springfield High School, staying in town with her grandparents, John and Amelia Hoffman. Verna’s parents came to Springfield to take her to St Paul's Lutheran Church and Sunday School on Sundays.
After graduation, she came to St James to work at the old hospital as a nurse's aide, staying with Torkelsons.
She met Vincent Flatau and were married Nov 3, 1942 at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield. Vince and Verna moved out to the family farm and farmed with Vince’s dad (John and Margaret Flatau). Vince and Verna then moved to a farm North of St James and farmed there for a few years. It was then their daughter Sharon was born, Feb 11, 1946. As Vince’s dad's health deteriorated, his parents moved to St James and Vince and Verna took over the family farm, as he was the only son.
Vince and Verna farmed together, helping each other on the farm with milking cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, cats, dog, crops, hay baling, and vegetable and flower gardening.
Vince died Feb 3, 1998. Verna stayed on the farm, continuing with her gardening. She loved working outside.
Verna later married John (Jack) Lueck on Nov 3, 1999 at Heritage Acres chapel, Fairmont MN, with daughter Sharon and her husband Bernie as attendants. Jack died Oct 10, 2006.
Verna continued to live on the farm, tending to her flowers, working outside, and caring for her companion Pups.
Verna passed away on July 22, 2017 at the Truman Senior Living Center in Truman, MN.
Survivors include son-in-law Bernie Schwardt of rural St James; 2 grandchildren, Nyla (John) Johnson, rural Truman, and Nyles (Tracy) Schwardt, rural Jordan MN; 1 great granddaughter Emma Schwardt, rural Jordan; 1 niece, Rosella (the late Larry) Johnson; and 1 nephew, Clifford (Eldora) Wolle.
Verna was preceded in death by daughter Sharon (March 2017), husbands Vince Flatau and Jack Lueck, parents Ben and Sarah Schwartz, parents-in-law John and Margaret Flatau, brothers and sisters-in-law Eldor (Ruth) Schwartz of Walnut Grove and Alvin (Mildred) Schwartz of Milroy, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marcella (Ervin) Wolle).
The family wishes to thank everyone, no others will be sent.