Vera Ann Gebhart, 92, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Riverview Health Services in Flandreau.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service followed by a Catholic Daughter Rosary.
Vera was born on Feb. 24, 1920, on the family farm near Jasper in Rock County, Minn., to Ord C. and Anna (DeBates) Fields.
In 1935 she moved with her parents and brothers to a farm near Egan and graduated from Egan High School in 1938.
After graduating from Eastern Normal College in 1940, Vera taught in rural schools and at Jasper Public Schools until 1946. Vera married Felix Gebhart on Jan. 15, 1946, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Colman. Following their marriage they moved to a farm near Egan where they farmed and raised their family for 29 years, and then moved to Flandreau.
In 1955 she went back to teaching and taught in rural schools in Moody County and in public schools at Egan, Trent and Flandreau. In all she taught for 36 years.
She attended summer classes and completed her bachelor of science degree from General Beadle College in 1965. Her husband died March 23, 2000. What Vera enjoyed most was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great -grandchildren.
She enjoyed dancing, fishing, playing cards, oil and acrylic painting, and making and sending dozens of greeting cards each month. Vera was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Flandreau, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters, and American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by four children, James (Karren) of Smithton, Mo., Margaret (Dan) Reister of Liberty, Kan., Betty (Wayne) Nurmi of Duluth, Minn., Donald (and companion, LeAnn Mears) of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and a brother, Lloyd Fields of Flandreau.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix, an infant son, and her brothers, Lyle Fields, Glen Fields, Dale Fields and her twin brother, Virgil Fields.
For online condolences, www.skrochfc.com.