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Verletta H. Wittmeier

Funeral services for Verletta H. Wittmeier of Lincoln, Nebraska and formerly of Tripp will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26 at Friedens Reformed Church in Tripp with Pastors Greg Way and Daniel Lee officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Casketbearers will be Verletta’s eight grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 p.m. until a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tripp. Online condolences may be sent at

Verletta Hattie Wittmeier was born on Saturday, October 8, 1927 on a farm southwest of Tripp. She was the second of four children born to Emil and Amelia (Hauck) Dewald and was baptized and confirmed at the Emmanuel Reformed Church near Tripp. She attended a one-room school until she went to Tripp High School. She earned her teacher’s certificate from Southern State Normal College and taught country school for six years prior to her marriage. She was married to John Delbert Wittmeier of Avon on September 8, 1950 at Friedens Reformed Church in Tripp by Rev. Walter Odenbach. After spending two years in Washington state while John served in the Army, they returned to the Tripp area and started the family farm southwest of town. They raised four children: Michael Delbert, Janis Rae, Richard Dean and Jean Marie. As a devoted farm wife, Verletta was busy supporting her husband, farming, gardening, canning, cooking, quilting and crocheting. She was an active member of Friedens Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school and served on the flower committee. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was also a member of the extension club, the quilter’s guild, and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing cards and going on outings with family and friends. On November 22, 2012, Verletta moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to be cared for by her daughter, Jean. She passed away comfortably at home with her daughters at her side on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, having achieved the age of 85 years, 10 months and 12 days.

Verletta is survived by her four children: Michael (Greta) Wittmeier of Weiser, Idaho, Janis (Doug) Hoffman of Keizer, Oregon, Richard (Susan) Wittmeier of Ballston Lake, New York and Jean (Chuck) Holman of Lincoln Nebraska; eight grandchildren: Emily Hoffman, Paul Hoffman, Rachel Lee, Stuart Wittmeier, Ross Wittmeier, Sara Holman, Caitlin Holman, and Alex Holman; two great-grandchildren: Obadiah Lee and Phoebe Lee; two sisters: Luella Gaiser of Worthington, Minnesota and Violet Mulloy of Carroll, Iowa; and a brother, Arlo (Maydean) Dewald of Tripp.

In addition to her parents, Emil and Amelia Dewald, she was preceded in death by her husband, John, a grandchild, Elizabeth, and a great-grandchild, Colin.