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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Verna Nelson

Verna Carol Nelson (Vognild)

Thursday, December 18th, 1930 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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Obituary

Verna Carol (Vognild) Nelson age 89 of Wakonda passed away August 5, 2020 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg, SD.
Verna was born December 18, 1930 on a farm near Westerville, Clay County South Dakota. She was the oldest of 5 children born to George and Alice (Thompson) Vognild. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She received her elementary education at the Westerville #39 and Colfax #23 schools. She graduated from Wakonda High School in 1948, valedictorian of her class.
She worked at the Security State Bank in Wakonda. On September 8, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in Wakonda she married Ellwyn Nelson. She was planning on having four daughters. They lived in Killeen, Texas and Lawton, Oklahoma, when Ellwyn was in the army. It was while living in Lawton their first son was born. When Ellwyn was sent to Korea, she and infant son returned to Wakonda.
After Ellwyn received his discharge they resided on the farm northeast of Wakonda until they moved to Wakonda in 1977.
In the 1960’s and 70’s she had a thriving home-based business of sewing for others. Verna was active in the BMJ Extension Club and held many offices in the church, both on the church council and WELCA. She was a teacher aide/secretary at the Wakonda School for 19 years. In 1994 Verna and Ellwyn hosted a French foreign exchange student, Nelly Michoud and traveled to Europe 3 times to visit with her and her family. She became a member of the family and converted to 100% Norwegian.
Surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law. Dale and Carolyn (Kopping) Nelson of Wakonda, Keith and Elizabeth (Clemente) Nelson, Exton, PA, Paul and Kristy (Ward) Nelson, Custer, SD and Nelly and Volker (Michoud) Diekmann and family.
Verna had 6 grandchildren: Angie (Jeremy) Sayler Viborg, Todd and Cathy (Troutner) Nelson of Vermillion, Carter Nelson, Denver, CO, Chandler Nelson, Houston, TX, Dakota Nelson, Seattle WA, and Derek Nelson, Forest Grove, OR, 5 great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Devin, and Addison Sayler and Tessa and Brynn Nelson. Also surviving are her sister Marlene (Larry) Erickson, Centerville, and brother Gene (Shirley) Vognild of Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law Carol Vognild, Wakonda and brother-in-law Fred Ayers of Westlake, Ohio and several nieces and nephews and many close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ellwyn in 1999, infant grandson Taylor, sister Norma Ayers, brother Darrell Vognild, nieces Emily Erickson and Lynn Ayers Russell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to the Wakonda Fire and Rescue, Union Cemetery Association, or the United Methodist Church in Wakonda.
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Union Cemetery
    Address
    Intersect of 304th Street and 454th Avenue
    Rural Wakonda, SD, SD 57073
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    Notes
    Please practice social distancing.
    Officiant
    Pastor Judy Sayler
  • Interment

    Location
    Union Cemetery
    Address
    WAKONDA, SD

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Daniel & Connie Swensen

Posted at 05:25pm
Nelson Family, Oh my heart breaks, sadden for the loss of your mother, grandmother. She was the kindest woman. I truely enjoyed her visits, stories and the talent she had for making anything. She would always send me postcards with material stiched on the back, I will cherish them forever. We would always get a birthday card and her Christmas letters were such a joy. My deepest most heartfelt sympathies to you all.
VB

Valerie Berry

Posted at 01:55pm
Verna was always an example of the pure love of a Christian woman. Her unfailing, kindness, service, smiles and banana bread or a special treat from her trees shared with our family. She’s Shared her love with our family so much! She was a dear friend to my mom and dad and so so kind to my brother and my sister and I. Ross’ joy was to see her and check in on her and she would talk and reminisce with him. She will be so greatly missed but her memory so very treasured!
JM

Jean Milless

Posted at 06:53pm
To the family of Verna Carol Nelson:
I want to send my deepest sympathy to you all for the passing of your loved one. Over the past few years I have been exchanging Christmas cards with Verna. I so looked forward to her cards, she always shared what was going on in her life and always had something humorous to say. Although I have never met her face to face, I feel I do know her, she seemed like such a nice lady. I will miss hearing from her. I'm sure that your family have many fond memories to ease the loss of someone so dear. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Once again my sincere sympathy, Cousin Jean Milless Washington State.
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