The memorial service for Velma Gedde of Staples will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. Friends may call at the church on Monday one hour prior to the service. Surrounded by her family, Velma passed away with hospice care on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples, MN.
Velma was born to Ernest and Caroline (Leeseberg) Stokes on January 1, 1931, in Bertha, MN. Velma married Leonard Carl Gedde on August 13, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. They made their home in the Deer Creek/Wadena area. While raising their daughters Velma stayed at home and helped work on the farm. In 1988 Leonard and Velma moved to Staples. She also worked as a home health aide from 1987 until retiring in 1993. She enjoyed cooking for her family, reading and playing cards and board games with family and friends.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Caroline; and sister Virgil Nervig.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 48 years, Leonard; daughters Paula (Fred) Bickford and Carol (Chuck) Holst both of Staples; two grandchildren & two great-grandchildren; brother Myron Stokes of Nenana, AK.
Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Holst, Ashley Holst, Gauge Holst and Addyson Holst.
Burial will be in Compton Cemetery near Wadena.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena.