Verna Raenette (Bock) Snell, 74, of rural Manson, died September 10, 2012 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harry Imlay officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery and a luncheon will be served at Riverside United Methodist Church, 610 Avenue C, Fort Dodge. Memorials may be left to the family for their further discretion.
Verna is survived by her children Denise (Don) Heimgartner of Manson, Scott (Cheri) Snell of Webster City, Sharon (Don) Tammen of Renwick and Brett (Danna Rae) Snell of Manson; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Mary Jo (Don) Dencklau of Thor, Judy Martin of Texas, Michael (Juanita) Bock of Fort Dodge, Charles (Joni) Bock of Carroll, June (Jerry) Sankey of Fort Dodge and Duane (Norma) Birnbaum of Fort Dodge. She was preceded in death by her husband Don; her parents Vernon and Alice Bock; her sisters Pat Birnbaum, Nancy Moninghoff, Ruth Kennedy and her brother-in-law Dick Kennedy.
Verna R. (Bock) Snell was born on January 10, 1938 in Fort Dodge. She attended Riverside School and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1956. She worked at Lutheran Hospital from 1954 to 1956 and Fort Dodge Telephone Company from 1956 to 1959. She married Donald J. Snell on November 2, 1958 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge and took up her real job, the one she held for 54 years, homemaking. She and Don started out their married life in Duncombe, moved to Coalville in 1963 and in January of 1965 they bought the acreage south of Manson where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Verna took great joy in her role as a wife to Don, working alongside him in their egg-production business in the early years of their marriage, and later in the truck driving business they owned. She was the heart of their home as they raised their four children. She served as a "second mom" or "grandma" to many people over the years, and delighted in cooking and serving meals. When she wasn't busy serving her family or her church, she enjoyed sewing, quilting and card making.