Velma Banta, age 91, of Commerce City, Colo., (formally of Alta) passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at the North Suburban Hospital of Thornton, Colo. A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 with Rev. Bruce Lawler officiating at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta. Burial was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of Storm Lake. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of arrangements.
Velma Anna Kate (Lafrentz) Banta was born June 14, 1919 on a farm northwest of Holstein, to Hugo and Linda (Kuhlmann) Lafrentz. She attended grade school in Ida Grove, and graduated from Correctionville High School in May, 1937.
On March 27, 1940 she was united in marriage to Sylvester Banta at the St. Joseph Rectory in Anthon, after which they enjoyed a wedding dance in the I.O.O.F. Hall in Anthon. They enjoyed dancing throughout their married life. They worked on numerous farms throughout northwest Iowa before moving to Alta in 1948 where her husband was employed at the Farmers Elevator. To this union three children were born: Darrell Dean, Karen Ann and Sandra Kay.
Velma worked for several years at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. She moved to Commerce City, Colo. in 2004 to be near her daughters. She was called to rest while recovering from a heart attack which she suffered on July 18, 2010.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, one son in-law, Donald DeVall and one sister Vernita Hetrick. She is survived by her two daughters Karen DeVall and Sandra Schutt and husband William all of Commerce City, Colo., one daughter in law, Kim (Banta) Kantor of Naples, Fla. and one sister Ione Munz and husband Carroll of Paradise Valley, Ariz., fourteen grandchildren thirty-two great grandchildren, fifteen great- great- grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.