Vera Rapp

Funeral services for Vera J. Rapp, 94, of Aurelia, will be Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with the family being present from 5 to 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church in Aurelia. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Vera June Willemssen was born Nov. 18, 1923, the daughter of Ulfert C. and Hattie M. (Schuck) Willemssen at Sibley.  She attended school at High View and graduated from Alta High School in 1942. Vera was united in marriage to Ladell E. Rapp on Feb. 7, 1945, at First Congregational Church in Aurelia. Vera worked for Fitzgerald Insurance for two years, Fraser Elevator for two years, Farmers National Bank and then Heritage Bank in Aurelia for 30 years, and Walmart for two years. She was a member of First Congregational Church where she served on the Women’s Fellowship for over 70 years. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters for many years. Vera enjoyed spending time with family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she enjoyed watching them play sports and other activities. She loved picnics, vacations, shopping and playing games.   

Vera died Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Preceding Vera in death were her parents; her husband Ladell on Sept. 5, 1986; brother, Harold Willemssen; and brother-in-law, Tom Frederiksen.

Survivors include her two sons: Rev. Bruce and his wife Polly (Gano) Rapp of Aurelia; and Brian and his wife Diana (Rider) Rapp of Peoria, Ariz. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Jared and his wife Jill Rapp of Moville; Adam and his wife Renae Rapp of Cherokee; and Jada and her husband Tim Jones of Cherokee; seven great-grandchildren: Austin Rapp, Madison Rapp, Alexus Jones, Noah Rapp, Shea Rapp, Lennix Jones and Maya Rapp; sister, Fern Frederiksen of Storm Lake; brother-in-law, Frank and his wife Marian Rapp; two sisters-in-law: Pat Peterson and Carmel Shaw; and other relatives and friends.