The funeral service for Vera Bounds, age 99, of rural Sebeka, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Bluegrass. Friends may call on Sunday at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday one hour prior to the service. Just two weeks short of her 100th birthday, Vera passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Vera was born August 29, 1914, to Edward and Ora "Esther" (Smith) Peterson in Aitkin County, MN. She moved to Wadena County at the age of four, and attended District #2 Country School. In order to attend high school, she stayed with several families in the city of Wadena.
Vera married Elmer Bounds on October 24, 1935, and lived in Oylen for several years. They moved to Wing River Township to the Bounds family farm. Her first children, Joyce and Jim, were born at her parents home. Her two younger sons, Doug and Dean, were born in Wadena. Vera worked on the family farm doing whatever was necessary. She also worked at Peterson-Biddick Company in Wadena for a number of years. Vera enjoyed picking wild rice and blueberries, fishing, and using her chainsaw!
Vera and Elmer retired from farming in 1995. Elmer passed away February 8, 2001. By 2009, she moved from the farm to Humphrey Manor in Wadena, with her last move to Fair Oaks Lodge before going Home on August 14, 2014.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband Elmer; parents Edward and Esther; brothers Arnold, Russell and Glenn Peterson; and sisters Geneva Peterson, Margaret Hess and Mary Burke.
She is survived by her children Joyce (Harlan) Thomson of Verndale, James (Laura) Bounds of Wadena, Douglas (Nancy) Bounds of Jamestown, ND, and Dean (Julie) Bounds of Elon, NC; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of her beloved grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Rick Schwartz, Matt Bounds, Steve Thomson, Lyle Goeden, Merle Bounds and Mike Cottrell.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Verndale, MN.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Funeral Chapel in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)