Irma Veit, 96, of Varina, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at her home in rural Varina.
Funeral mass was held Saturday, March 11, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina. Burial was in St. Columbkille Catholic Cemetery in rural Varina. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Irma Mae (Rush) Veit was born June 23, 1920, on a farm north of Lake Park. She was the first of seven children born to Martin and Lela (Crooks) Rush. Irma grew up farming with her family in rural Lake Park. She began her education in Diamond Lake #3 Country School and graduated as Valedictorian from Lake Park High School in 1938. Irma taught first grade in Harris and Arnold’s Park Schools after she received her degree from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. Irma married Dan Veit at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake on Nov. 21, 1945. They started their family and farmed in the Odebolt area for five years before moving to their farm near Pocahontas. Dan died on June 18, 2010.
Irma and Dan are the parents of six children: Stephen (Nancy Brink) Veit of Cherokee; Cynthia (John) Tiedeman of Omaha, Neb.; Tom (Kathy Staiert) Veit of Fonda; Rachel (Steve) Rosenboom of Pomeroy; Lisa (Dan) Marron of Omaha, Neb.; and Gretchen (Lloyd) Holm of Cottage Grove, Minn. She has 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Irma was a long-time member of St. Columbkille Church in Varina. She belonged to St. Columbkille Altar Society and American Legion Auxiliary in Varina. Irma loved and appreciated her family. She taught by example and was a compassionate friend. Irma was fond of playing cards with family and friends – even sometimes on the computer – and fishing, especially the trips with Dan.
Irma is survived by all of her descendants; her sister, Betty (Bud) McClure of Lake Park; sisters-in-law: Lucille Rush, Beverly Rush, Mabel Rush, Rose Crone, Marie Diersen, Leona Mattson; and brother-in-law, Paul Veit. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan; sister, Lois Johnson; brothers: Leslie, Wayne, Dean and Bob Rush.