Velma M. Berry May 20, 1922 - Oct. 6, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Funeral services for Velma M. Berry, 87, of Aurelia, will be 10:30 a.m.. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.

Velma died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. She had been a resident of the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia since February of 2009.

Velma Mae Busch was born May 20, 1922, the daughter of William and Margaret (Clausen) Busch in Sac Township, Lake View. She graduated from the 8th grade in country school near Lake View. From 1941 -- 1945, during World War II, she worked in an airplane manufacturing factory in San Francisco, Calif. After her return to Iowa she worked at Farm Mutual Dwelling Insurance Company in Des Moines in the accounting department from 1945 -- 1949. On Feb. 14, 1949, Velma married Francis Lee Berry at the Lutheran Church in Sac City. They moved to Aurelia in 1968.

Velma served the Ladies Aid, LWML, and was also a Sunday school and confirmation class teacher for approximately ten years. She sold Avon for 15 years, along with caring for her husband and children. She was also a member of a square dance club for several years. She always loved a good game of cards, be it Bridge, Pinochle, or Skipbo. She enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren.

Preceding Velma in death were her parents, her husband Francis on May 25, 2009, two sisters, Irene Crippen and Mildred Johnson, and one brother, Marvin Busch.

Survivors include her children, Brent and his wife Nancy Berry of Danbury, Susan and her husband Rob Scott of Morrison, Ill., five grandchildren, Jamie, Justin, and Kelli Dean, and Ryan and Jessica Scott, one brother, Don and his wife Charlotte Busch of Lake View, and several nieces and nephews.